Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and US-basd Viasat have announced that their consumer broadband satellite service will be available in Germany from the end of September, with selected other European markets to follow before the end of the year. Called ‘Tooway’, the service is aimed at residential users with only a low-speed dial-up available, initially offering maximum downlink speeds of up to 2Mbps and maximum uplink speeds of up to 384kbps. Consumer tariffs and hardware prices will be defined by local service providers partnering in the distribution of the Tooway service. The first distribution partners and service providers in Germany are Internetagentur Schott and Teles. Tooway will be provided via Ka-band capacity on Eutelsat’s HOT Bird 6 satellite and Ku-band capacity on the Eurobird 3 satellite.