Irish broadband services provider Digiweb has confirmed the launch of a next generation broadband satellite service in the country. Branded Digiweb Tooway, the new service is offered in association with Eutelsat and available in the Republic and Europe. The Eutelsat KA-SAT utilises next generation two-way wireless Ka-band ‘spotbeam’ technology, to reduce the cost of providing high-bandwidth internet access to even the most remote parts of Ireland. Given the paucity of fixed (DSL) and mobile (3G) connectivity in some areas, Digiweb Tooway aims to deliver an affordable, reliable internet link with speeds of up to 10Mbps.
Commenting on the launch Digiweb’s chief of operations, Declan Campbell, said: ‘We are delighted to expand and enhance our existing broadband services, to offer customers an alternative where DSL and mobile broadband is not up to scratch … With many homes and businesses in Ireland still struggling with poor or no broadband coverage, affordable satellite internet offers a real alternative.’ The Eutelsat’s KA-SAT orbiter was launched in December 2010. The whole KA-SAT infrastructure network comprises the satellite and a network of eight gateways across Europe connected to the World Wide Web via a fibre-optic backbone ring.