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Eutelsat Launch Satellite Broadband For Rural Areas

Eutelsat has launched a 2Mb satellite broadband service in the UK that offers hope for those people living in rural areas who are unable to get fixed line home broadband.

The service, known as Eutelsat TooWay, is reported to be able reach any home in the UK and provides both a download and upload stream.

The TooWay download and upload streams are handled via a satellite signal received through a dish installed on the side of a customers home – quite similar in fact to Sky’s satellite dish.

At £29.99 per month, Eutelsat’s satellite broadband service is quite pricey, though this is offset by the fact that customers do not need a telephone line aswell, meaning they could save on their phone line rental costs.

Another potential downside is the Eutelsat hardware and software costs, with prices reported to be as high as £600 for the satellite hardward and £200 for the software. This will not come as welcome news to most rural customers.
On the launch, the Eutelsat Director of Multimedia said, “We are mainly targeting consumers who are underserved by other broadband providers, but packages for professional users can be provided by our partners.”

Overrall, there has been a lot of excitement in the broadband industry over the last few months after various ISP’s promised their customers super fast broadband speeds.

BT are implementing a brand new fibre optic broadband network that will reportedly achieve speeds of up to 100Mbps while Virgin Media has upgraded many of its 2Mbps customers to 10Mbps. However, rural areas that do not currently get any broadband access have been left out in the cold – until today.

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