European Broadband-Internet Satellite Successfully Launched

A new satellite that promises to bring broadband Internet to more households and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean was successfully launched on Sunday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

According to information received, Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat is due in service in 2011 and will be the third broadband Internet satellite to be launched in the last six weeks.

Ka-Sat will cover the continent with 80 spot beams, which are focused signals that cover an area a few hundred kilometers in size. It was reported that spot beams allow for frequencies to be effectively reused in multiple regions without interference. This will result in increased capacity.

It was said that each of the spot beams will have an overall capacity of 900Mbps, shared between all users, and the entire satellite consists of a capacity of 70Gbps.

Eutelsat already offer its clients a satellite broadband service called TooWay. The service was launched in 2009 and provides a two-way satellite broadband connection with download speeds of 3.6Mbps.

Ka-Sat will enable TooWay to boost speeds up to around 10Mbps from the satellite and 4Mbps up to the satellite, according to Eutelsat.

According to a report the satellite may also be used for services such as local digital TV and digital cinema distribution.

Prices for the service, as well as reception equipment have not been announced as of this writing.

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