Satellite data communications services provider Avanti Communications Group said its technology had been successfully launched into orbit this week.

The Ariane 5 rocket had launched the company's HYLAS 3 communications payload into its current orbit on Tuesday, from Kourou, French Guiana.

HYLAS 3 was a hosted Ka-band communications payload on board the EDRS-C satellite -- a public private partnership between the European Space Agency and Airbus.

It was the second successful launch of an Avanti payload in as many years and brought its total fleet capacity over Europe, the Middle East and Africa to 50 GHz.

'I'm pleased to announce HYLAS 3 has been successfully launched thereby completing our capital expenditure cycle,' chief executive Kyle Whitehill said.

'The satellite will undertake a series of pre-planned in-orbit acceptance tests over the coming months before we commence service for customers.'

At 1:20pm: (LON:AVN) Avanti Communications Group PLC share price was -0.08p at 1.45p