Avanti Communications, Ltd.
Avanti Communications Group Plc. is a carriers’ carrier, selling wholesale data telecoms products to VSAT resellers, Telco’s, Systems Integrators, Mobile Operators, ISP’s and Governmental Organizations. Avanti is headquartered in London, UK and has significant operations in Cornwall (UK), Cyprus, Germany and the USA.
Avanti’s network consists of two high throughput satellites in orbit, called HYLAS-1 and HYLAS-2; a multiband satellite called Artemis plus a fourth and a fifth satellite in construction called HYLAS-3 and HYLAS-4 and an international fibre network connecting data centres in several countries. HYLAS stands for Highly Adaptable Satellite, a product of third millennium state of the art European Space technology (ESA).
Inmarsat provides the satellite control centre infrastructure and services in London and Italy (Fucino).
Avanti was founded by astrophysicist David Bestwick in 1996 to advise other firms on how best to use satellite technology.
When David Williams (now CEO) bought into the company in 2002 it was worth £9,000. His wife lent them £10,000 and they started the company in his spare room. Today it has a market value of £340million and has raised some half a billion pounds of funding.
The HYLAS-1 satellite system has been developed through a Public Private Partnership between ESA and Avanti and was launched in November 2010. It was the first superfast Ka-band in Europe. The Ka-band earth stations for HYLAS-1 are located at Goonhilly and Lands End, Cornwall, UK.
HYLAS-2, was launched in August 2012 and extends Avanti's coverage to Africa, the Caucasus and the Middle East.
Avanti also owns a multiband satellite called ARTEMIS, with a fourth and a fifth satellite under construction called HYLAS-3 and HYLAS-4. In 2012 Avanti announced a conditional placing of 26,785,714 Ordinary Shares with new and existing institutional investors to raise approximately £73.8 million to fully fund the cost of the design, construction and launch of HYLAS-3. HYLAS-3 will be a “hosted payload. HYLAS-3 would provide Ka band services, as with HYLAS-1 and HYLAS-2.
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