Broadband subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications Skylogic and Europe based satellite Internet services skyDSL Global have announced the extension of their longstanding partnership with an initial five-year contract amounting to EUR3 million.
Jan Hesse, managing director at skyDSL Global, said that the company is extending its collaboration with Skylogic and is raising the level of performance with the new-generation broadband service made possible by the KA-SAT satellite infrastructure.
This latest contract enables skyDSL to market the next-generation Tooway service provided by KA-SAT, Eutelsat’s (News - Alert) new High Throughput Satellite. “We welcome Eutelsat's move to a High Throughput Satellite which changes the paradigm for Internet by satellite,” Hesse said.
Thanks to skyDSL2+ brand, skyDSL expects to offer consumers and small businesses download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps via its sales channels.
skyDSL2+ is expected to be available in mid 2011 with KA-SAT's entry into service. Company officials said that it will be provided on an international basis in Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Ireland.
Launched in December 2010, KA-SAT has a total capacity of over 70 Gbps, and is expected to usher in a new era of competitively-priced satellite-delivered services for homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.
KA-SAT uses next-generation two-way wireless Ka-band spotbeam technology, which lowers the cost of providing high-bandwidth access to the Internet. The complete KA-SAT infrastructure comprises the satellite and a network of eight gateways across Europe connected to the Internet via a fiber backbone ring, and is expected to enter service in mid-2011.
“skyDSL Global's choice of our technology gives us further confidence in the potential of KA-SAT to deliver innovative broadband solutions for consumers and businesses,” said
Arduino Patacchini, CEO at Skylogic.
The user equipment for Tooway features a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via the Ethernet. Company officials said that it gives immediate and always-on Internet access following simple installation, as well as the service can also deliver voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), and Direct-to-Home television.
Earlier this month, Skylogic and Sat Internet Services sealed a distribution agreement for broadband services using the powerful KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell