IFA 2007 – BERLIN. Eutelsat has launched its consumer grade Internet access service TooWay at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. From the end of September the service will be available in Germany, from two launch customers the (satellite internet) service providers Internetagentur Schott and Teles. Other, selected European markets are to follow before the end of the year. Schott and Teles have not yet announced any pricing details.
The service will be provided via Ka-band capacity on Eutelsat’s Hotbird 6 satellite at 13 degrees East and will also be available via Ku-band capacity on the Eurobird 3 satellite. The Ka and Ku-band hubs with equipment supplied by ViaSat to manage Tooway are now fully commissioned and ready for service at Skylogic’s SkyPark teleport in Turin, Italy. From 2010 onwards the service should be available through a dedicated Ka-band spotbeam satellite at the 13 degrees East orbital slot.
TooWay competes with the SES ASTRA2Connect dial-up replacement service.
Further details at the Broadband TV News IBC microsite: Tooway prepares for debut.