SATELLITE BROADBAND OUTFIT Eutelsat is increasing the top download speeds of its Tooway service to 20Mbit/s to meet the needs of those in remote areas of the UK.
The firm uses satellite connections to connect those in hard to reach areas with its services, delivered via a satellite orbiting above the continent.
To date the top speed available had been 10Mbit/s but the firm has now doubled that for all but its most basic package, while it has increased upload speeds to 6Mbit/s.
The base package is a 2Mbit/s download and 1Mbit/s upload service with a 2GB monthly data allowance. However, the new packages all offer 20Mbit/s download speed and 6Mbit/s upload.
Thereafter the services offer different data allowances based on pricing. They range from 10GB, 20GB, 30GB and unlimited, with pricing between £30, £40, £50 and £75 per month respectively.
The new services will be available from February. Customers on existing packages will not be upgraded automatically but can be asked to be upgraded.
Steve Petrie, UK commercial director for Tooway, told The INQUIRER the firm was pushing the speed boost to meet growing customer demand and improvement in the KA-Sat, managed by Eutelsat.
"The KA-Sat has been upgraded to boost its capacity from 70Gbit/s to 90Gbit/s and it's been a learning curve for us, about what it can offer so we've learned from that and what customers want and aim to give them what they want," he said.
While 4G auctions currently taking place could pose a threat to satellite broadband firms by offering an alternative mobile broadband service in remote areas, Petrie said the firm wasn't concerned by this because of the time it would take for any services to actually be available.
"We've seen in Germany, which is far ahead of us in 4G, that there's a still a huge gap and the return on investment for providers will mean they still only focus on ‘larger' locations, but with our service we can reach anyone, straight away," he said.
The Tooway service is provided by Eutelsat resellers, which in the UK includes Avonline, Bentley Walker and Broadband Wherever. µ