...fully operational with all beams fully functioning and—for the first time—providing coverage to hundreds of millions of people across Africa, Caucasia and the Middle East. HYLAS 2 carries 24 active Ka-band user beams and six gateway beams providing two-way communications services to facilitate high-speed delivery of data to end-user applications such as corporate networking, IP Trunking, cellular backhaul, broadband Internet access, business continuity services and video distribution. Using the HYLAS 2 spacecraft, Avanti provides its data and video services to Northern and Southern Africa, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In addition, the spacecraft is equipped with a steerable spot beam, also operating at Ka-band, which can provide coverage anywhere on Earth that is visible to the satellite. HYLAS 2, and its sister satellite HYLAS 3, due in 2015, will bring an additional 100 Gigabits of capacity to Africa, increasing international capacity in the region by a significant 25 percent.