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Eutelsat signs distribution agreement with Direct Connect to bring high-quality Tooway™ satellite broadband services to Norway
May 15th 2012: Eutelsat Communications, (Euronext Paris: ETL) Europe’s leading satellite operator, has announced its Skylogic subsidiary has signed a distribution agreement with Direct Connect to sell its revolutionary Tooway™ satellite broadband service in Norway from May 15th 2012.
Under the agreement, ISP Direct Connect will be offering the Tooway™ consumer satellite broadband service with speeds of up to 10 Mbps to the most rural areas of Norway, via Eutelsat’s ground-breaking KA-SAT High Throughput satellite. The service will complement Direct Connect’s already strong reputation for providing radiowave broadband to rural communities.
Jan-Tore Dannemark, Direct Connect CEO, said: “The ability to offer Tooway™ satellite broadband is an exciting opportunity to provide high-speed services to the rural communities of Norway, which we have to date been unable to serve by traditional line-of-sight technologies such as radio wave.”
The Tooway™ solution consists of a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via Ethernet, giving customers Internet access without the need for a telephone line. The service is also triple play-ready, allowing distributors to offer additional TV and IP telephony services using the same equipment.
“We believe high speed satellite broadband is an essential solution in achieving an all-inclusive digital environment for Europe and we are delighted to be working with Direct Connect in Norway to assist in this goal,” said Dr Achille De Tommaso, Skylogic CEO.
Tooway™ is delivered by Eutelsat’s KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite, which entered commercial service in May 2011. With its total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, KA-SAT ushers in a new era of competitively-priced, satellite-delivered services for broadcasters, businesses and consumers. The satellite forms the cornerstone of a new satellite infrastructure, which includes eight main satellite gateways across Europe connected to the Internet by a fibre backbone ring.
Optimus chooses Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite to launch a new range of IP services for enterprises in Portugal
Using Eutelsat’s KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite, Optimus brings fast IP access to Portuguese enterprises beyond terrestrial broadband networks
Lisbon, Paris, May 14, 2012 – Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), Europe’s leading satellite operator, today announced a distribution agreement between its Skylogic subsidiary and Optimus, one of Portugal’s leading telecom operators, to deliver IP services to enterprises in Portugal via the high-performance KA-SAT satellite.
By selecting the KA-SAT infrastructure, Optimus has chosen the fastest and highest-quality satellite broadband service in Europe. Optimus’ new range of services will be commercialised under the “Net Sat ON” brand to deliver a reliable and competitively-priced solution that compares to terrestrial broadband. Through “Net Sat ON”, Optimus aims to bring fast IP access to business, local administrations and home offices across Portugal, notably in areas beyond reach of terrestrial networks. Currently more than 5% of Portugal’s population has no broadband access and a further 5% live in areas underserved with broadband services with less than 4 Mbps.
According to João Ricardo Moreira, Head of Marketing at Optimus: “We have chosen this new technology in order to ensure continuity of a quality service supported by a network of excellence. We are confident that this solution, powered by Eutelsat’s innovative KA-SAT satellite, will increase our flexibility and enable us to better match service to the specific requirements of our enterprise customers.”
Achille De Tommaso, CEO of Skylogic added: “As one of the major players in telecommunications in Portugal, with a broad experience of the business market, Optimus is the ideal partner to expand reach of satellite broadband across the country. We are convinced that the performance of satellite broadband through KA-SAT will make its mark in meeting the challenge of building a strong and equitable digital landscape.”
Eutelsat seals distribution agreement with RG Networks, making satellite broadband available via KA-SAT across Hungary
Paris, 9 May 2012 – Eutelsat Communications, (Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, today announced a distribution agreement between its Skylogic subsidiary and RG Networks, enabling RG Networks to benefit from Eutelsat’s KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite and advanced user equipment to deliver broadband to businesses and consumers across Hungary. RG Networks, a subsidiary of the Hungarian IT specialist RG Hungary, launched services via KA-SATin Hungary at the beginning of this month under the ’vanNET’ brand.
RG Networks’ set ambition is to respond to the Hungarian government’s commitment to provide fast Internet for all citizens by end 2013, in line with the European Union Directive. RG Networks is commited by this time to connecting more than 2,000 users with satellite broadband via KA-SAT, delivering download speed up to 10Mbps and upload speeds up to 4 Mbps.
Szabolcs Lengvarszky, COO of RG Networks commented: “With this new agreement we now have the key to immediate access to the highest quality satellite broadband service for homes and businesses in Hungary. With KA-SAT, we are positioned to provide nationwide coverage and can accelerate the pace of broadband roll-out.”
“Our KA-SAT satellite and new-generation user equipment are the ideal broadband service for Hungarian customers, particularly in more rural and difficult to reach areas of the country. We are delighted to work with RG Networks to help Hungary achieve the target of broadband for all,” said Achille De Tommaso, CEO of Skylogic.
With its total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite has ushered in a new era of competitively-priced, satellite-delivered services for homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. The satellite forms the cornerstone of an infrastructure, which also comprises eight main satellite gateways connected to the Internet by a fibre backbone ring.