Eutelsat Communications has revealed its next-generation satellite broadband service which offers download speeds of 'up to' 10Mbps has been made available to the public.

Tooway, which was first launched in May 2009, uses the KA-SAT satellite to being the broadband to homes and businesses across the UK and Europe. To access the net connection, web users need a small 77cm satellite dish and a modem, which is connected to a PC using an Ethernet connection. These can either be purchased for a one-off charge of £199, or charged at a £9.99 monthly rental, which is added to the monthly subscription. Users can also chose between upload speeds of 'up to' 2Mbps or 4Mbps, with monthly subscriptions charges starting from £49.99 and rising to £99.99.

The 2Mbps upload speed package comes with a monthly download limit of 13GB, while the 4Mbps package benefits from a 25GB monthly download limit. The broadband service can be used for VoIP and internet-TV services. Furthermore, as the satellite's are capable of dual-feed, they can also be used for pick UP TV broadcasts, as well as the net access.

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO said: "The entry into service of KA-SAT, the world's most powerful spotbeam satellite, turns a new page in affordable and immediately available IP solutions, and places Europe at the forefront of high-capacity satellite technologies that can serve to quickly close the broadband gap."

Furthermore, Eutelsat said the KA-SAT satellite is capable of higher bandwidth services for use in businesses offering download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload speed of 10Mbps, although this will soon be increased to 50Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream.