Europe's second Ka-band satellite has gone into service with commercial products now available offering customers access to up to 10meg broadband. The Tooway broadband service uses Eutelsat's new KA-SAT satellite which when combined with ground infrastructure allows users to connect to the Internet at 10Mbps downstream and 4Mbps upstream. Avanti Communications launched the first Ka-band satellite, HYLAS, last year which can also offer 10Mbps broadband to up to 350,000 subscribers.
"The entry into service of KA-SAT, the world’s most powerful spotbeam satellite, turns a new page in affordable and immediately available IP solutions, and places Europe at the forefront of high-capacity satellite technologies that can serve to quickly close the broadband gap. We look forward to working with our service and technology partners to unleash the huge potential of this new pan-European wireless infrastructure."Michel de Rosen, (CEO) Eutelsat
Satellite broadband services are aimed at those who live in particularly rural areas and are not able to get broadband through traditional ADSL. It can make broadband available virtually anywhere in the world, and because of this flexibility it is quite an expensive solution. The top tiered product of 10meg download and 2meg upload speeds clocks in at £99 per month and only includes 25GB of data usage, substantially lower than equivalent fixed-line based products which would normally include unlimited data at this price point. Users also need to buy the hardware which is available for a £199 up front fee. More details of the products released are in the table below.
|Tooway 6||Tooway 8||Tooway 10||Tooway 10+|
|Downstream speed||6 Mbps||8 Mbps||10 Mbps||10 Mbps|
|Upstream speed||1 Mbps||2 Mbps||2 Mbps||4 Mbps|
|Usage limit||4 GB||8 GB||13 GB||25 GB|
These are available through various providers. For more details, please see our satellite broadband guide.