Source - SMW
Satellite Solutions Worldwide has agreed a new venture to deliver superfast broadband services to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The £1.2m initiative was fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and operated in conjunction with British satellite operator Avanti Communications Group. 

The initial aim was to bring 1000 SMEs online over the next three years with superfast 40 Mbps satellite broadband and SSW would be one of the certified service providers.

The services, which would be available immediately and delivered via Avanti's HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite, would be the first-time SSW had offered off-the-shelf superfast 40 Mbps download and 6 Mbps upload services, which was currently the fastest satellite broadband speed in Europe.

The scheme will enable targeted businesses to be connected to superfast broadband services of 40 Mbps with no upfront hardware or installation capital costs. 

The scheme was being operated in conjunction with a separate £9.0m 'Superfast Cornwall' scheme to introduce more superfast alternative broadband technologies to the region.