Eutelsat Reaches Milestone of 4,000 Trained and Certified Tooway(TM) Satellite Broadband Installers in Europe
PARIS, October 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced a new milestone in
the drive to reduce the Digital Divide, with 4,000 satellite broadband installers now
trained and certified to bring Eutelsat’s Tooway broadband service to residents poorly
served or beyond range of terrestrial broadband.
The largest free training programme of its kind has so far certified 4,000 installers
in 20 European countries and in eight languages – harmonising best practice for satellite
broadband installations across the continent. The programme is continuing, with an
additional 1,000 installers to be trained by end 2014, focusing on building numbers in the
Balkans, Germany, Nordic countries, Poland and Spain. The announcement was made by
Eutelsat at the All Digital ExpoForum, running until 6 October in Vicenza, Italy.
By building an extensive network of expert digital installers, Eutelsat is helping to
make universal access to high speed broadband a reality across Europe and at the same time
creating jobs and broadening the skills and work opportunities of satellite TV installers.
The Tooway(TM) Installer Training Programme provides practical face-to-face training,
an interactive app for site surveys, installations and dish alignment, along with access
to a portal reserved for certified installers that provides practical information, tools
and services for a high quality install.
Eutelsat’s Tooway(TM) service is principally aimed at consumers and businesses unable
to receive broadband or can only access speeds of up to 2 Mbps. The latest Tooway(TM)
services offer download speeds of up to 20 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 6 Mbps, making
it the fastest satellite broadband service in Europe. The service operates with a small
(77cm) satellite dish and modem and is delivered by KA-SAT, Europe’s most powerful
The programme has been recognised by the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), which brings
together organisations engaged in the delivery of advanced broadband and narrowband
satellite services to users worldwide.
“The Tooway(TM) Installer Training Programme, both in its concept and delivery, is an
example to the industry,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of the GVF, which
supported Eutelsat with online components based on its international training programme.
“Not only is it one of the largest and most comprehensive ever undertaken by a satellite
operator, it also shows Eutelsat’s high level of commitment to promoting good practice and
Eutelsat is supporting a one-day European Digital Installer Conference on 5 October
during the All Digital ExpoForum. The event will assemble representatives from industry
and key national and European associations to address European public policies to support
satellites as a means to achieve 100% EU broadband coverage, digital installer promotion
and training activities and the harmonisation of European installation quality.
About Eutelsat Communications (http://www.eutelsat.com)
With capacity commercialised on 31 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle
East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s
leading satellite operators. As of 30 June 2013, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting
more than 4,600 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in
Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group’s satellites also provide a wide range of
services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets.
Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial,
technical and operational professionals from 30 countries. http://www.eutelsat.com
SOURCE Eutelsat Communications