Datagroup Selects Eutelsat's Tooway™ Satellite Service To Roll-Out Broadband To Consumers And Businesses In Ukraine

PARIS, France/KIEV, Ukraine -- Datagroup, the Ukrainian telecommunications operator, has signed an agreement with Skylogic, the broadband affiliate of Eutelsat Communications to deliver broadband solutions to consumers and enterprises in Ukraine, including the Tooway™ broadband service delivered via Eutelsat's innovative KA-SAT satellite.

The announcement was made on June 15 in Kiev during a presentation organised in the presence of Peter Yatsuk, Chairman of the National Commission for Communications Regulation (NCCR) at the Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies and attended by its Director Pavlo Slobodianuk.

From September, Datagroup will launch consumer broadband using its "Internet Boom" trademark.

Users will be able to receive an always-on satellite service delivering speeds of up to 10 Mbps downstream and 4 Mbps upstream. The customer equipment comprises a small satellite dish (77 cm) and a sleek modem, which is connected to a PC or Mac via an Ethernet connection.

Business customers will also be able to meet professional requirements for higher bitrates and/or higher quality services for applications including private networks, broadband access for businesses and institutions, back-up services and remote monitoring (SCADA).

For these services, an advanced system also provided through KA-SAT, will increase speeds to 50 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream.

Satellite broadband via KA-SAT will also be deployed by Datagroup for the "School Internet" programme initiated in September 2010 by the Kiev Regional State Administration.

As the majority of schools in the Kiev region are located too far from terrestrial networks, their Internet connectivity will be provided by satellite using the Tooway™ service to offer students and teachers the benefits of high speed and high-quality Internet access.

"The launch of Eutelsat's new generation KA-SAT satellite and the Tooway™ service now allows us to offer end usersan Internet solution matching traditional terrestrial technologies, wherever they are located," said Alexander Danchenko, CEO of Datagroup. "Tooway™-based services will enable the Ukraine to resolve the problem of Internet-inequality between cities and remote communities."

"With its extensive experience of consumer and business telecommunications markets,Datagroup isthe ideal partner to leverage new-generation satellite services that can immediately extend broadband to the remotest areas of the Ukraine," said Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic. "We are delighted to see satellite technologies and our KA-SAT programme integrated into the development of the Ukraine's digital economy."

In service since May 2011, Eutelsat's high-capacity all Ka-band system, combining satellite and on-ground infrastructure, opens a new chapter in the market for satellite-based IP services.

Its revolutionary concept is based on a payload with 82 narrow spotbeams connected to 10 ground stations.

This configuration enables frequencies to be reused 20 times and takes total throughput to beyond 70 Gbps.

The ground network uses ViaSat's SurfBeam® 2 technology, an advanced version of the technology already powering broadband connectivity for 500,000 satellite homes in North America.

The combination of KA-SAT's exceptional capacity and SurfBeam® 2 enables Internet connectivity to be delivered at speeds comparable to ADSL for more than one million homes in Europe and large parts of the Mediterranean Basin.

Source: PR Newswire