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Eutelsat Communications is to offer faster download speeds to customers using its satellite broadband service.

The broadband provider has announced "major improvements" to its Tooway satellite service which will enhance speed and affordability for UK subscribers.

An upgrade of the digital modulation scheme of the KA-SAT infrastructure, from 8PSK to 16APSK, has generated a significant increase in the system's total throughput.

Customers will be able to receive up to 18Mb download speeds irrespective of location, and upload data at up to 6Mb.

Previously the maximum download speeds available to Eutelsat customers were 10Mb.

Michel de Rosen, Chief Executive at Eutelsat Communications, noted that up to ten million homes in the European Union still do not have a broadband connection.

"This means there is still work to be done to meet the objectives of the Digital Agenda in Europe and at a broader level across the full KA-SAT footprint," he stated.

"We believe that the enhanced Tooway service and improved user equipment programme will forward the move to satellite broadband for those still struggling with mediocre internet access, depriving them of the social and economic benefits of broadband."

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