Satellite Broadband Ireland (SBI) has signed a commercial agreement with Eutelsat Communications to sell broadband services via KA-SAT. The initial 3-year broadband utility contract, worth more than €5 million, will allow SBI to sell Eutelsat’s next-generation Tooway satellite broadband service, with download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps. SBI will start to deliver the service in Ireland and plans to expand across Europe.
The Tooway service will be provided via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite, which was launched in December 2010 and is on track to enter into full commercial service in May 2011. KA-SAT’s approach is based on next-generation two-way wireless Ka-band spotbeam technology, which lowers the cost of providing high-bandwidth access to the Internet.