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Published: 22nd Apr 2013

Millions of UK households still face an indefinite wait for a faster internet connection from mainline suppliers.

After BT revealed its fibre optic network now covers 15 million UK premises and is due to reach 19 million by spring 2014, the head of Avonline believes this highlights the continuing gap between the broadband haves and have-nots.

"Even by this time next year, the BT fibre network will still leave up to seven million people with limited or poor internet.

"While there is a great fanfare about the places that are getting fast broadband from BT, little fuss is made about the many families, communities and businesses that are not," said Mark Wynn, managing director of Avonline Broadband.

This is leading to thousands of people turning to new technology like satellite broadband to bridge the connectivity gap and give them super-fast internet access immediately.

Avonline is the UK’s largest supplier of the Tooway satellite broadband service, which delivers download speeds of 20 Mbps anywhere in the UK immediately via satellite transmission and has no need for any infrastructure investment.

The option of unlimited data allowances was also recently introduced for the first time in the UK.

All of Avonline's packages deliver download speeds of 20 Mbps and six Mbps upload speeds, with prices starting from just £24.95 per month.

The absolute package, which provides unlimited data usage, is available for only £64.95 each month.

“In the past few months, we have seen record numbers of people coming to satellite broadband, rather than put up with the uncertainty of an indefinite wait for fibre or cable broadband.

"Most people suffering from poor broadband know that the reality is that such services will not reach them for years - if at all," Mr Wynn commented.

Satellite internet access guarantees the same high level of performance in every location, regardless of landscape.

As the connection is delivered by satellite, the service is the same whether on top of a mountain, in the middle of the countryside, in a small isolated village or a city street.  All that is required is a small 74 cm dish and a modem.

Government ministers have highlighted satellite technology as an effective way of improving broadband services in rural areas.

In December, science minister David Willetts told the House of Commons it is an "essential means to deliver faster internet access for rural communities, businesses and individuals".

Avonline was established in 1981 and has been involved in satellite broadband for almost a decade. It is the UK’s largest provider of Tooway services.

The company actively supports the government’s digital inclusion policies, is a partner of the Race Online 2012 initiative and is supporting the Welsh Assembly’s Broadband Support Scheme.

The new generation of Tooway Ka technology satellites went live in 2011 and provide fast and reliable broadband across the whole of the country.

Avonline's service can also provide free telephone calls via the internet and subscription-free HD TV through the same dish.

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