• Tooway service speeds increase from 2Mbps to 3.6Mbps
  • Early take-up exceeds expectations
  • High demand to date results in additional recruitment of engineers

Digiweb Ltd today announced that it will increase from July 1 the speed of its innovative Tooway(TM) consumer broadband service to 3.6Mbps from 2Mbps for no added cost. Maximum uplink speeds have also increased to 384kbps for all customers. In addition, overnight usage volumes will be discounted by 50% between midnight and 6am GMT to reward user of the satellite network at times of traditional low usage.

“Tooway is a revolutionary satellite service offering Irish consumers in rural and slowband areas the chance of true broadband access,” said Arduino Patacchini, Eutelsat Multimedia Director. “The dual benefits of increased speed and usage will ensure that Tooway customers continue to reap the benefits of our technology as we prepare for the launch of our KA-SAT satellite later in 2010, which will further raise broadband speeds to up to 10Mbps.”

Declan Campbell, Digiweb’s Head of Operations stated at the announcement that “early take-up of this new low cost, two way satellite broadband solution had exceeded expectations” Campbell also explained that the company was recruiting additional installation engineers in order to meet the demand created since the launch of this product range.

Tooway is the first satellite two-way broadband service offering speeds and costs similar to ADSL. The technology comes to Europe after acquiring extensive experience on the North American market, where ViaSat already provides the equipment and network for over 400,000 homes with satellite broadband access fully independent from the terrestrial network.

The Digiweb Tooway solution consists of a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via an Ethernet connection, giving customers immediate broadband access following a simple installation. In addition, the service has the ability to deliver Voice over satellite telephony services and Direct-to-Home television using the same Digiweb dish.