The EU is set to launch the first satellite created to deliver broadband access to European consumers.
The Hylas 1 satellite will provide broadband together with a range of conventional telecommunications services (HDTV broadcast and data distribution services).
It represents 10 years of R&D by the European Space Agency (ESA) and European industry-- UK operator Avanti put up the majority of the budget, while ESA focused on its communications payload.
An estimated 20 million Europeans cannot get high-quality broadband access.
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