Tiscali UK cans two-way satellite BB service

Nails flag to one-way mast

Tiscali UK has officially pulled the plug on its two-way satellite broadband service after deciding that the service was too expensive for the mass-market.

In an email sent today, Tiscali told the handful of people still using the service that it plans to discontinue the two-way broadband satellite trial service on 31 August.

"As a goodwill gesture in light of your support of the trial, Tiscali is willing to let you keep your equipment and connect it to an alternative provider," said the email.

In March, the ISP decided to delay the commercial roll-out of a two-way broadband-via-satellite service until it has assessed the impact of the trial.

Although the trial proved successful, it seems consumers were put-off somewhat by the up-front costs (around £600) of installing a satellite broadband service.

As a result, the ISP decided to look for an alternative product to see if other options can be found with lower up-front costs.

In May, the ISP announced that it was hooking up with Eutelsat to provide a more affordable one-way broadband satellite service throughout 15 countries in Europe.

The service went live in Italy earlier this week. ®

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