Digiweb and Eircom Partnership set to address rural broadband needs.

Digiweb Group and eircom have announced a partnership that will enable eircom to resell Digiweb’s Tooway Satellite broadband service across the country. This partnership enables eircom, Ireland’s largest telecommunications provider, to introduce lower cost satellite broadband services countrywide.

The decision to expand eircom’s existing broadband services was as a result of growth in demand for broadband services from home and business users in very remote areas with limited or no internet access. “We are delighted to expand and enhance our broadband services nationwide to offer customers an alternative where DSL and mobile broadband is not available”, says Emer Kennedy, Director of Product Management and Development at eircom. “We selected Digiweb due to the quality and competitiveness of the Tooway product range together with Digiweb’s expertise with satellite technology”.

Commenting on the launch, Declan Campbell, Head of Operations with Digiweb stated “Satellite broadband services provide a high quality internet experience; they are reliable, robust, low cost and offer faster speeds than ever before. Business and consumers are now engaging more with the service as speeds rise and prices continue to fall.”

Digiweb Group offers the Tooway™ service through a distribution agreement with Eutelsat Communications. During the early part of 2011 both Digiweb and eircom will introduce even higher speed broadband services on new Eutelsat’s KA band satellite (KA-SAT), which will offer download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps.

KA-SAT will form the cornerstone of a new European satellite infrastructure which includes eight main satellite gateways located across Europe which are connected to the Internet by a fibre backbone ring. With its total capacity of more than 70 Gbps KA-SAT will rank as the world’s most powerful spacecraft and Europe’s first High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) will usher in a new era of competitively-priced
satellite-delivered services.