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Skylogic and Sat Internet Services Sign 3-Year Agreement on KA-SAT
[March 23, 2011]

Skylogic and Sat Internet Services Sign 3-Year Agreement on KA-SAT

Mar 23, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Skylogic, the broadband subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, and Sat Internet Services signed distribution agreement for broadband services using the KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite.

According to the companies, the initial three-year broadband utility contract, worth more than EUR5million, will enable Sat Internet Services to market Eutelsat's Tooway service to users across Germany. The service, offering download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps, will be available mid-2011 with the entry into service of Eutelsat's KA-SAT satellite.

There is a market opportunity for satellite broadband in Germany: according to figures published by industry analysts of TUEV Rheinland at this month's CeBIT convention, approximately 770 000 German homes have no broadband access. Up to a further four million homes are constrained by a 2 Mbps service.

Tooway will be provided via Eutelsat's KA-SAT satellite, which was launched in December 2010. As Europe's first high-throughput satellite (HTS), with total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, it is ushering 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, comprising the satellite and a network of eight gateways across Europe connected to the Internet via a fibre backbone ring, will enter service in mid-2011.

The user equipment for Tooway comprises a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via the Ethernet, giving immediate and always-on Internet access following simple installation. The service can also deliver Voice over IP, and Direct-to-Home television.

Tooway is delivered across Europe via a network of certified distributors who have the flexibility to offer packages for consumers, home workers and businesses with speeds, volumes and prices to match their local market demands.

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