Telekom Austria Group (TAG), the leading communications provider in Central and Eastern Europe, with 23 million customers, is extending its relationship with Eutelsat to offer satellite broadband across its footprint. One out of three households have no Internet access in some operating countries of the Telekom Austria Group.
The new addition of Eutelsat’s satellite broadband service, which delivers download speeds of up to 22 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 6 Mbps, also equips Telekom Austria Group to offer triple play services comprising broadband, voice calls and television (via the Eutelsat 16A satellite) to any home in the region, using a single dish. In September 2013, the two companies announced an agreement to host Telekom Austria Group’s white label Direct-to-Home platform on the Eutelsat 16A satellite to broadcast television services to Central and Eastern Europe.
Telekom Austria Group’s new satellite broadband service is immediately available in Austria through its A1 Telekom and all A1 retail stores and will be rolling out in more territories in early 2015. Communicating direct with Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite, the service requires a small satellite dish and modem and operates without the need for a fixed telephone line. Installation of user equipment is carried out by a Telekom Austria Group qualified installer.