The European Space Agency launched on November 26th a new satellite – HYLAS 1 – that will provide, among others, broadband services to rural areas in Europe. The satellite has been endorsed by the Avanti Communications Group.

The satellite was launched successfully using the Ariane 5 shuttle from the French Guyana in an event that was broadcasted live.

Being the first satellite of its kind sent to provide services outside the US, it seems its signal will be enhancing broadband connections in Spanish rural areas as well, which is very good news. A few years ago there was talks about deploying WiMax-based broadband wireless networks in rural areas in Spain, but everything seemed to fade away.

The news here.