[Satellite TODAY 07-06-12] Eutelsat Communications has unveiled improvements to its Ka-band Tooway satellite service that aim to enhance the speed and affordability of its consumer satellite broadband across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, the operator announced July 5.
Eutelsat said it is offering higher bitrates, increased consumption profiles and lower entry costs, through distributors integrating the new version into their service portfolios. The service, delivered via Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat satellite, will now feature download speeds of up to 18 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 6Mbps, with consumption profiles of up to 50 Gigabytes per month. Eutelsat’s top-level consumer package has been boosted to 18Mbps from 10Mbps, with high volume allowances across the range, while pricing levels remain the same.
“The update last month of the European Union’s (EU) Digital Scorecard shows that as many as 10 million homes in the EU27 are still not broadband-equipped. This means there is still work to be done to meet the objectives of the Digital Agenda in Europe and at a broader level across the full Ka-Sat footprint,” Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen said in a statement. “We believe that the enhanced Tooway service and the improved user equipment program will forward the move to satellite broadband for those still struggling with mediocre Internet access, depriving them of the social and economic benefits of broadband.”