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Smart Rural Signs Contract with Avanti Communications for Rural Spain and Portugal
[December 21, 2015]

Smart Rural Signs Contract with Avanti Communications for Rural Spain and Portugal

Smart Rural, a specialist agricultural ICT company, has signed a contract with Avanti Communications (LSE:AVN), 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."

About Avanti

Avanti connects people wherever they are - in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYAS 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.

Avanti 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.

Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.

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

In the UK 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.

Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).

About Smart Rural

Smart Rural is a Spanish systems integrator focused on developing technology for rural applications, and dedicated to improving the efficiency and profitability of farms through the use of Information Technology and Communications (ICT). Through the application of new technologies, Smart Rural are modernising the agricultural industry and providing connectivity to previously unconnected rural farms.

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