Irish former monopoly operator Eircom is in negotiation with Digiweb to resell its smaller rival’s Tooway satellite broadband service across the Republic. If a deal is reached, Eircom aims to launch a 10Mbps satellite broadband service countrywide sometime next year. A tie-up with Digiweb will allow the incumbent to offer a lower-cost satellite broadband option in areas currently devoid of other high speed internet platforms, such as xDSL, cable or mobile broadband. Commenting on the announcement, Emer Kennedy, director of Product Management and Development at Eircom, said: ‘We are delighted to expand and enhance our broadband services nationwide to offer customers an alternative where Eircom broadband is not currently available … We selected Digiweb due to the quality and competitiveness of the Tooway product range together with Digiweb’s expertise with satellite technology.’ The Digiweb Group is able to offer the Tooway service through a distribution agreement with Eutelsat Communications. It is understood that in early 2011 Digiweb and Eircom will be able to introduce high speed broadband services using Eutelsat’s new KA band satellite (KA-SAT), which will offer download speeds of up to 10Mbps and maximum upload speeds of 4Mbps.
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