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Tooway satellite services to remove throttling
Thursday 31 January 2013 12:23:03 by Andrew Ferguson

While in theory all the UK by 2015 should have access to a 2 Mbps service via the BDUK projects, what is not clear yet is how reliant local authorities will be on services like satellite broadband to fill the hardest to reach areas. It is this doubt and lack of information driving many communities to resource their own solutions.

Tooway is one of the better known names in the satellite broadband market is revamping its product range, with new products costing £20 to £75 and usage allowances ranging from 2GB right up to unlimited. The change in the policy on usage over shadows a further speed tweak that sees download speeds raised to 20 Mbps, with 6 Mbps remaining for the upload.

  Tooway S Tooway M Tooway L Tooway XL Tooway Absolute
Max Downlink 2 Mbps 20 Mbps 20 Mbps 20 Mbps 20 Mbps
Max Uplink 1 Mbps 6 Mbps 6 Mbps 6 Mbps 6 Mbps
Usage allowance 2 GB 10GB 20 GB 30GB Unlimited
Overnight allowance 11pm to 7am n/a n/a Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Monthly RRP £19.99 £29.99 £39.99 £49.99 £74.99
Monthly Equipment Rental RRP £6 £6 £6 £6 £5

In the past, understanding what speed you would get from a satellite based service was complex and all too often it was impossible to tell if a slow speed was because of your usage level or a general performance problem. If Eutelsat with its Tooway products is able to sustain the new usage levels and price points while offering a reasonable quality of service, then those in the hardest to reach parts of the UK may be a little less upset if their only option for faster broadband is satellite based.

With some of the local authority broadband projects looking beyond the 2015 targets, it may be will see a rise in the use of satellite services until 2016-2017 when the next stage of some projects starts to push fixed line services that fingers crossed are fully fibre based deeper into rural areas. The use of satellite services as a temporary solution may be seen as the preferable method to using range extenders on ADSL services, which can prove costly for each line served or just to cover the time until 4G services arrive in the area.


Posted by Apilar over 4 years ago
Unlimited without FUP and traffic shaping?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Seems to be the case based on what they are saying. Though as ever people need to read the detail. details the rules they have to adhere to if selling an unlimited service these days.

Posted by vicdupreez over 4 years ago
The first 4 packages will be useless for anyone that want to do any sort of streaming at all... The last package, while suitable for normal internet stuff and streaming, is still not good for gaming or voip. The latency is going to be too big. I am sorry to say this again, but even though the pricing is going in the correct direction, it is still not fit for purpose. Well, not for me or anyone I know anyway...
Posted by kellyb127 over 4 years ago
I am in spain and have the xl package and its the worst thing i have ever done. While i can access emails, and browse the internet,it is at such a low speed that its not even worth turning on the pc most of the time. My pc is new, with a 6 core athlon processor and32 gig of ram, soits not my pc that is slow.
It takes approx 2-3 minutes toload a full webpage and as for streaming,forget it, it just will not do it, total rubbish
Posted by otester over 4 years ago

Do a speedtest and post the link.
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
20 GB per month with scheduled overnight downloads outside the limit would be adequate for me if there was no alternative.
Posted by 8skellerns over 4 years ago
Ordered this service, the totally unlimited one, and having it installed on Tuesday!! Even getting my Sky LNB added to the new Tooway dish, and disposing of the minidish :) Getting ready to tell BT to stuff their phone and BB! VOIP, no problem, as have a 3G phone for that on Three's One Plan. I would just use tethering, but Data stops altogether in evenings, and my family needs the web when i'm not at home.
Posted by diablo401972 over 4 years ago
£75 pounds plus 5 for Unlimited broadband they are taking the mick nobody is going to pay £75 plus £5 for rental they need to look at there prices again how can broadband from a dish cost more than tv come on guys wake up and smell the coffee
Posted by 8skellerns over 4 years ago
Well I have had this service for nearly a month, and downloaded well over 100gb+ and still got a full 20mb down and 6mb up! Yes £75 is expensive (admittedly I am only paying £64.99 though Avonline Broadband) it is the only option to get unlimited superfast broadband where I live 24x7! Not once has the speed dropped below the advertised rate, in fact often a speed test shows 22mb down!
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