Eutelsat Launches Broadband Satellite Internet In Europe
The KA-SAT was launched at the end of 2010, and just now went into service. It's set to provide consumers up to 10Mb/sec download and 4Mb/sec upload rates, and it will also provide an enterprise service of up to 50Mb/sec. Based on reports, there are 13 million homes across Europe that are "too remote" to get normal high-speed internet, and there's another 17 million that cannot get services greater than 2Mb/sec. The E.U. is currently trying to give broadband access to every citizen by 2013, and launching a satellite like this definitely moves them in the right direction.
It cost around 350 million Euros to get it online, and there's no plans now to launch a second. We're still waiting to hear how much this service will cost on a per-home basis, but for those who have had no internet at all, anything reasonable will likely be seen as acceptable. One step closer to global 'net access -- we'll take it!