Feeds

BTopenwoe launches broadband satellite service

And the heavens opened...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

BTopenworld has brought forward plans to offer a two-way broadband satellite service providing coverage for more than half the population currently outside the reach of BT's copper-wire DSL service.

In April BTopenworld CEO, Andy Green, told The Register that he was holding talks with a number of providers concerning the provision of broadband over satellite and hoped that a service would be available within the next 18 months to two years.

However, in a move to head off mounting criticism of BT's lamentable roll-out of broadband services - especially in rural areas - November's launch of the service is to be made available first in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and Northern Ireland, before being extended to other areas of the UK.

The service is being provided by Gilat Satellite Networks, which last month announced that it is to launch a broadband satellite service for Tiscali in the autumn.

Earlier this month Aramiska - backed by venture capitalists Whitney & Co - said it planned to roll-out its two-way broadband satellite service in the UK from the beginning of next year.

With a clutch of competitors already vying for a share of the market, BTopenworld has yet to confirm a price for the service, which is aimed at SMEs and home workers, but has indicated that should retail at under £100 a month.

However, critics fear that BT will charge a high price for its satellite service to discourage people who may have a choice of choosing the satellite service ahead of the end-to-end BT-owned DSL service.

BTopenworld denies this although it admits the satellite service will be more expensive than its own DSL offering.

Andy Green, BTopenworld chief executive officer said: "The launch of our satellite service will meet the demand for always on, high speed Internet services for businesses in more remote locations, while extended reach will now mean more than 90 per cent of customers connected to an enabled exchange, will be able to access broadband technology."

Last week BT cut cost of its wholesale ADSL product BT IPStream 500 by £5 a month from September 1 in response to growing competitive pressure from cable companies. ®

Related Stories

Aramiska to launch broadband satellite service in UK first
Tiscali to launch European broadband service in Autumn
BTopenworld toys with broadband over satellite
BT cuts price of DSL, gets arse in gear

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...
Guess they don't like our battery-draining update?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.