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PR/04/08
SWISSCOM SELECTS EUTELSAT’S NEW TOOWAY™ BROADBAND SERVICE TO
ENSURE UNIVERSAL BROADBAND ACCESS THROUGHOUT SWITZERLAND
Paris, 15 January 2008
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced a major contract for its new
Tooway™ satellite broadband Ka-band service with Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading
telecommunications company.
According to the agreement with Swisscom, Eutelsat’s Tooway™ service is the satellite
component of a far-reaching universal broadband programme for all Swiss homes. Swisscom
won a tender from the Swiss Ministry for Telecommunications to make broadband connectivity
available as from January 2008 to all residential Swiss customers irrespective of their location.
Eutelsat’s satellite-based consumer broadband service was chosen by Swisscom following an
exhaustive assessment of multiple wireless broadband access solutions able to address homes
beyond range of terrestrial broadband networks. Swisscom selected Tooway™ in particular for
its high performance and scalability.
Launched in Europe in late 2007, Tooway™ unites the skills of Eutelsat and ViaSat, a world
leader in innovative satellite broadband services. Using Ka-band capacity on Eutelsat’s HOT
BIRD™ 6 satellite for both forward and return links, Tooway™ is based on the SurfBeam®
DOCSIS® broadband satellite system developed by ViaSat and already widely deployed in
North America. ViaSat’s SurfBeam® DOCSIS® terminals are already used by over 325,000
subscriber homes in North America to deliver ADSL-like services, with a peak of almost 90,000
units shipped over the last three months.
From its position in orbit at 13 degrees East HOT BIRD™ 6 provides Swisscom with full
coverage of Swiss territory. The service will be supplied to households via Bluewin, Swisscom’s
Internet Service Provider. From its Zurich facilities, Bluewin will be connected by fibre to the
Tooway™ Network Operation Centre managed by Eutelsat’s broadband affiliate Skylogic in
Turin.