For communities in rural Germany trapped in the Digital Divide, Eusanet and Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite is providing innovative shared internet access solutions
Using Eutelsat Broadband’s KA-SAT satellite technology, German IT service provider Eusanet has created an innovative community broadband service for German residents trapped in the Digital Divide.
“EUSANET is active across Europe and we regard ourselves as one of the market leaders for innovative satellite based broadband solutions,” said Stephan Schott, Managing Director of Eusanet. “A perfect example of our relationship with EUTELSAT Broadband is our Internet access solution for communities.”
The Eusanet solution combines satellite broadband access from Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite with existing infrastructure on the ground to deliver a shared community broadband service for rural villages.
With its total capacity of more than 90 Gbps, KA-SAT has ushered in a new era of competitively priced, satellite-delivered communications services. The satellite forms the cornerstone of a new satellite infrastructure, which includes eight main satellite gateways across Europe connected to the Internet by a fibre backbone ring. KA-SAT meets professional needs for higher volume and bandwidth in applications ranging from enterprise networks to Internet backhaul, backup services and M2M connectivity.
“By using existing ground network infrastructures to deliver the service into the rural homes there is no need to invest in new ones,” explained Stephan. “The combination of KA-SAT satellite capacity, with these existing infrastructures, enables us to offer each connected household a standard 16 Mbps downlink service.”
In addition, Eusanet is also able to offer television and telephony services alongside the internet access, delivering true triple play.
And the community solution has been recognised for its innovation at regional and national levels, including an award at the leading technology show, CEBIT.
Moving forward Eusanet is already testing a new version of the community service that will offer download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps – matching the goal that the German government has set for the country for 2018.
“In Germany this combined solution is accepted and desired by politicians as it is one of the only ways to deliver on the national universal internet access targets,” said Stephen. “We also see huge potential for the service in Central and Eastern Europe where we can combine the satellite high-speed broadband technology with existing infrastructure to provide an affordable internet service to rural residents.”