PR Newswire/Les Echos/
Euronics takes Eutelsat's satellite broadband service to German high streets
Ditzingen, Paris, 4 November 2013 - Euronics, one of Germany's leading
electronics retailers, is teaming up with Eutelsat Communications (NYSE
Euronext Paris: ETL) and its partner, getinternet, to take satellite broadband
to German high streets for consumers still beyond range of a quality broadband
Euronics Deutschland federates 1,700 independent electrical retailers who run
more than 1,900 shops across Germany. The agreement with Eutelsat will enable
them to offer the Tooway satellite broadband service which, with its 20Mbps
downlink speed and 6Mbps uplink speed, is the highest-quality satellite
Internet service in Europe. The service operates via a small satellite dish and
a modem connected to the PC or home network. Additional services, such as VoIP
and TV channels are also available from Euronics and can be delivered via
With Eutelsat's support, Euronics retailers have already trained the first 100
employees on the performance and features of Tooway, reflecting its culture of
extensive knowledge of high quality innovative products. Eutelsat's partner,
getinternet, will contribute to installing and connecting customer terminals.
The system can also be self-installed by end users.
Peter Koßmann, head of telecommunications at Euronics Deutschland eG, said: "We
see many customers in rural areas or on the outskirts of cities and large towns
penalised by insufficient broadband speeds. The innovative satellite service we
are adding to our consumer electronics portfolio allows us to resolve this
problem, bringing customers broadband wherever they are. Tooway can also be
used to receive TV channels with the highest picture quality on Smart TV and
OLEDs simply with the addition of a small piece of hardware to the dish."
Udo Neukirchen, Eutelsat Director of Sales & Marketing for Tooway in Germany,
added: "Euronics' specialist retailers and their staff are truly in touch with
their customers' needs. Their high street presence, knowledge and customer
oriented approach, combined with the Tooway getinternet will significantly
contribute to closing the digital divide in Germany."
Tooway is provided via KA-SAT, Europe's first High Throughput Satellite.
Offering a capacity of more than 90 Gbps, KA-SAT has brought a new area of
competitive, satellite-based broadband services to homes and enterprises in
Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. Using new-generation Ka-band spot beam
technology, broadband access.