MSPs experience satellite broadband for rural areas

Avonline managing director Mark Wynn (left) and Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North and Mearns, at the satellite broadband briefing held at the Scottish Parliament.

Avonline managing director Mark Wynn (left) and Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North and Mearns, at the satellite broadband briefing held at the Scottish Parliament.

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MSPs and senior officers from Scottish local authorities have been shown the capability of the latest generation of satellite broadband systems, able to deliver fast, 20Mbps broadband anywhere in the country immediately without the need for infrastructure investment or delay.

Avonline Broadband, the UK’s leading ToowayTM satellite broadband installer, delivered a Parliamentary Briefing to MSPs, members of the wider Government Community and business leaders at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday June 18th.

Live, working systems were installed in the Parliament building at Holyrood and demonstrated the capability and speeds of Avonline’s best selling ToowayTM satellite broadband service which, earlier this year, was upgraded to deliver 20Mb broadband. Importantly, this service is now more cost effective than ever and available to users across all regions of the Scottish mainland, highlands and islands.

In Avonline’s presentation, ‘The role of Next Generation Satellite Broadband for Scotland’, managing director Mark Wynn said: “Due to a lack of awareness and a lack of acceptance, satellite broadband has not yet been allowed to contribute anywhere near its potential to transform lives and enhance the Digital Scotland programme.”

Steve Petrie director for Eutelsat broadband commented: “Scotland is a very important market for us and we look forward to working alongside Avonline to deliver 20Mbps broadband to all areas of Scotland, ensuring the digital divide is well and truly bridged and that rural economies thrive alongside towns and cities.”

The Scottish Parliament briefing was part of a rolling programme to show the suitability of modern satellite broadband technology for broadband ‘notspots’ and ‘slowspots’.

After a previous demonstration in his constituency at Broadford Service Point on the Isle of Skye, Dave Thompson, the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, welcomed the arrival of new satellite broadband technology.

He said: “I was very impressed with the speed on offer. This new standard of satellite broadband addresses many of the problems experienced with the medium in the past, and will broaden access to broadband particularly in remote and rural areas.

“Many remote communities in my constituency have poor or even no access to broadband. The challenges of a suitable infrastructure for broadband and the effect that the geography can have on reception have complicated traditional services in many remote areas, and so I welcome the new generation of satellite technology which can offer a broadband service comparable to those available via ASDL elsewhere in Scotland.”

Avonline is also planning a series of roadshows, taking satellite broadband to many remote communities and supporting MSPs in communicating the latest options available for the more rural locations.

Further information about the new Tooway satellite broadband services from Avonline is available at www.avonlinebroadband.co.uk.