Eutelsat’s KA-SAT Tooway goes live


7 Apr 2011
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Eutelsat Communications has confirmed the commercial service entry of its KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite, marking the onset of Tooway broadband service across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.
The all Ka-band system, combines satellite and on-ground infrastructure and is claimed to open a new chapter in the market for satellite-based IP services. The Tooway terminal can deliver speeds of up to 40 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream. An advanced system, which will shortly be available, will increase speeds to 50/20 Mbps.

Positioned at 9° East, the Tooway system can see use for both broadband data applications, such as VoIP, as well as IPTV. With a dual-feed (Ku-Ka), direct-to-home (DTH) reception of television channels from adjacent broadcast satellites is also possible.

Eutelsat assures that broadcasters and video service providers can also take advantage of the spotbeam coverage of the KA-SAT satellite architecture to deliver content in a single beam or multiple beams for regional and local television and corporate TV networks.

Commenting on the launch, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO said; “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.”

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