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Eutelsat stabilisce un nuovo standard di riferimento per i servizi a banda larga satellitare via KA-SAT

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Eutelsat sets a new benchmark for satellite broadband via KA-SAT

Launch of higher user speeds, increased volume allowance, equipment rental programme and new entry level package for the Tooway™ broadband service

Paris, 5 July 2012 –  Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced major improvements to its Tooway™ satellite service which will enhance the speed and affordability of consumer satellite broadband across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. Offering higher bitrates, increased consumption profiles and lower entry costs, the latest generation of Tooway™ broadband services is now available and is being progressively commercialised by distributors integrating the new offers into their service portfolio.

Up to 18Mbps immediately for consumers, irrespective of location

The Tooway™ portfolio of services delivered via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite now offers download speeds of up to 18 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 6Mbps, with consumption profiles of up to 50 Gigabytes per month. This means that the top of the range consumer package has been boosted to 18Mbps from 10Mbps, with high volume allowances across the range, while pricing levels remain the same. A new entry level package is also being launched, offering download speeds of up to 2Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1Mbps for an expected retail price from €19.901

This move towards a faster, higher volume service has been facilitated by an upgrade of the digital modulation scheme of the KA-SAT infrastructure, from 8PSK2 to 16APSK, generating a significant increase in the system’s total throughput.

In order to lower entry costs, Eutelsat’s broadband affiliate, Skylogic, is also rolling out an attractive hardware rental programme in certain countries to enable distributors to opt to rent user equipment to new customers.

Todays announcement shows our commitment to further enhancing the performance of the Tooway™ service which is fundamentally about connecting people – both those in areas unserved and underserved by ADSL, said Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO. The update last month of the EUs 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.  We believe that the enhanced Tooway™ service and the improved user equipment programme 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.

Tooway™ consumer service packages

Tooway™ Flat 2 Tooway™ Flat 8 Tooway™ Flat 12 Tooway™ Flat 18 Tooway™ Flat 18Max
Max Downlink 2 Mbps 8 Mbps 12 Mbps 18 Mbps 18 Mbps
Max Uplink 1 Mbps 2 Mbps 4 Mbps 6 Mbps 6 Mbps
Consumption profile per month* 2 GB 8 GB 16 GB 26 GB 50 GB
Expected Retail price incl. VAT €19.90 €29.90 €39.90 €54.90 €89.90

* Bandwidth reduced to 128 kbps beyond volume consumption.

The Tooway™ customer equipment comprises a 77 cm satellite dish and a sleek modem, which is connected to a PC or Mac via an Ethernet connection. Customers can select professional or self-installation. The equipment is installed by pointing the dish to 9° East using an included sound beeper and following indications on-screen to activate the modem. Tooway™ system can also be used for Voice over IP and IPTV. With a dual-feed (Ku-Ka), Direct-to-Home reception of television channels from adjacent broadcast satellites is also possible.

Photos available at: http://www.eutelsat.com/products/broadband-tooway.html


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Serbia Broadband (SBB) rafforza la propria collaborazione con Eutelsat per lanciare servizi satellitari triple-play

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Serbia Broadband (SBB) expands collaboration with Eutelsat to launch satellite triple-play services

SBB selects the Tooway™-broadband service on KA-SAT to bundle Total TV platform with Internet access and VOIP

Prague, June 27 2012 – Serbia Broadband (SBB) and Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced they are expanding their collaboration with the signature of an agreement between Serbia’s most progressive media company and Eutelsat’s Skylogic affiliate to distribute the Tooway™ satellite broadband service in six Balkan countries. The new agreement will notably enable SBB to bundle its Total TV platform on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite with Tooway™ broadband services via the KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite, raising the bar of their service in the markets they address. SBB is already the leading broadband service provider in Serbia and has built a subscriber base of over one million pay-TV homes with Total TV.

SBB plans to offer the highest-quality of satellite broadband solutions to users in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, FYRO Macedonia, Croatia and Montenegro located in areas with limited or no access to terrestrial broadband. Services will be available in single-play, double-play and triple-play options (TV, Internet and VOIP).

Dragica Pilipovic Chaffey, CEO of SBB commented: “We are delighted to broaden our relationship with Eutelsat, our longstanding partner for satellite broadcasting, by venturing into satellite broadband. This new agreement enables us to deliver homes and businesses in the Balkan region with immediate access to the highest quality broadband service. Eutelsat’s broadband solutions are fully in line with SBB’s commitment to leveraging the most innovative technologies that meet the needs of users irrespective of their location.”

Speaking from Prague at the Digital TV CEE conference, Apostolos Triantafyllou, Regional sales Director CEE at Eutelsat said: “SBB’s selection of the Tooway™ service underscores our confidence in the intrinsic benefit of satellites for bridging the digital divide. As a reference in the region for broadcast and broadband services, SBB is astutely selecting qualified technologies that enable it to ensure it has a complete digital service offer for consumers, with no exception.”