Avanti Communications Group has successfully launched Hylas 2 from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Ariane Flight VA208. The new Ka-band satellite will deliver significant high speed data capacity across the emerging economies of Africa, Middle East and Caucasus.

The Ariane 5 launch was perfect, injecting Hylas 2 into the correct orbit precisely on schedule. Hylas 2 separated from the Ariane 5 on time and telemetry was received at the control centre at the European Spaceport.

David Williams, chief executive of Avanti Communications, comments: “I’m delighted that our second satellite, Hylas 2, has been successfully launched and is operating under our control. It will now undertake a series of pre-planned in orbit acceptance tests over the coming three months before we commence service for customers.

“Hylas 2 will provide high speed data capacity across Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus. This service changes everything in the data markets in those regions that have previously left companies, governments and consumers poorly served. The markets now served by HYLAS 2 demonstrate a fantastic combination of strong macroeconomics, high unmet demand for telecoms and low competition in satellite services. I am very excited about our prospects for growth.”

Hylas 2 will deploy 24 fixed beams and one steerable beam utilising Ka-band technology, offering customers flexibility and significantly increased speeds and data throughput at a much lower cost

“We have always believed there is a huge opportunity for satellite communications services in emerging markets because growth for data and voice services is high whilst supply of telecoms network capacity is low,” says Williams. “As our satellite infrastructure cover is ubiquitous, we can offer telecommunications services anywhere across these regions, even in remote locations.

“This is very attractive to government and enterprise customers, particularly those working in oil, mining, agriculture, banking and security sectors. We also have a major opportunity in Carrier Services, because our products are now cost effective enough to provide high quality backhaul and IP trunking to help telcos to improve the resilience and capacity of their networks.”