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Release Date: June 9, 2017


Residents and businesses based in the Highlands and Islands region were able to try out superfast broadband at a series of demonstrations staged by Avonline Broadband this month.

The superfast satellite broadband with speeds up to 30Mbps - the fastest-ever service commercially available in the UK - has now been launched across the whole of Scotland.

Avonline Broadband, one of the UK's leading telecoms services companies, teamed up with NFU Scotland on a roadshow that showed how the technology works in even the remotest areas. They visited 12 venues throughout the region.

Mark Wynn, managing director of Avonline, said: "For many in rural Scotland superfast satellite broadband will be their only way of getting really fast reliable broadband in the immediate future. It provides a superfast service in rural areas where people have literally been waiting years for an upgrade. We can now deliver this service to any part of Scotland with installation typically just a week or two from order."

Rather than use an underground copper/fibre network like BT, satellite broadband operates by sending and receiving a two-way broadband signal to a satellite about 22,000 miles in space. Because the satellite sits high up in space, it can provide equal quality of coverage to every home or business in the UK.

The roadshow visited: Lochaber Rural Complex, Fort William; Clan Donald Centre, Sleat, Isle of Skye; Lochside Crafts Café, Dunvegan; Lochmaddy Hotel, North Uist; Tarbert, Isle of Harris; Caladh Inn, Stornoway; Ullapool; Durness Golf Club, Durness; The Craggan Hotel, Skinnet, Talmine; Melness Crofters Estate; and Lairg Community Centre.


Background information:

  • The Government has pledged that everyone in the country would have the legal right to a broadband connection of 10Mbps as part of the introduction of a new Universal Service Obligation (USO). However according to the Ofcom ‘Connected Nations 2015' report around 8% of UK homes - some 2.4m - are currently unable to receive speeds of 10Mbps or above. This increases to 48% - or 1.5m - in rural areas, where speeds are often affected by premises lying further from the network's local street cabinet or telephone exchange.


  • Avonline plc is one of the UK's leading telecoms services companies. Established in 1981, Avonline has built fibre networks to over 2 million UK premises and installed digital service into over 4 million UK homes and businesses.


Since 2002, Avonline Broadband has pioneered the delivery of satellite broadband services across the UK and Europe. Working with Europe's leading satellite operators, Avonline offers a range of "next generation" Ka satellite technology and provides satellite broadband services to more UK homes and businesses than any other provider. Avonline Broadband is now part of the Satellite Solutions Worldwide group of companies.


  • Avanti Communications Group plc is a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Afric

For further information please contact:

Mark Wynn, Managing Director, Avonline Broadband, tel 07970 008001,


Images available: Ken Harrison, HPR Marketing, tel 07801 649045,



Mark Wynn, managing director, Avonline Broadband





Satellite broadband's unique ‘available anywhere' technology can immediately deliver fast broadband to any home or business, regardless of location, remoteness, or distance from the in-ground telephone network.