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Smart Rural Signs Contract with Avanti Communications

New contract to deploy connectivity to rural farms in Spain and Portugal

Smart Rural, a specialist agricultural ICT company, has signed a contract with Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Smart Rural has developed a number of proprietary connected devices to control farm systems including irrigation, feeding and CCTV. These products can turn any farm into a smart farm that benefits from increased efficiency and security.

Deployed via Avanti’s HYLAS 1 Ka-band satellite, with 100% coverage of Spain and Portugal, Smart Rural will deliver high speed satellite broadband to even the most remote farms.

Sergio Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer of Smart Rural commented: “Our partnership with Avanti enables us to deliver quality high speed satellite services to even the most rural farms which have previously struggled to access connectivity due to lack of terrestrial infrastructure. Now all farms across Spain and Portugal can benefit from a fully connected Smart Farm.”

Matthew O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer of Avanti said: “Avanti’s leading Ka-band technology has built in flexibility which enables companies – such as Smart Rural – to deliver important applications such as remote monitoring and CCTV to the agricultural sector.”

Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 160 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek.

The firm is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.

The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, gateway earth stations, datacentres and a fibre ring. It also boasts a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.

Currently the Group has three satellites in orbit and a further two fully funded satellites under construction.

In the UK the firm’s service is supplied using Avanti’s HYLAS 1, 2 and 4 Ka-band satellites, which have 100% coverage of the British Isles. Users will then be able to choose from packages offering up to 30Mbps.