Caribsat launching broadband in Caribbean and Lat Am

Eutelsat is expanding its services in the French West Indies and French Guiana.

Using Newtech’s Sat3Play VSAT Broadband Platform, the firm will extend its IP Easy service offering via a distribution agreement with Caribsat, which will become the first ISP to provide broadband in the region.

Caribsat’s service will be delivered via Eutelsat’s 8 West A satellite, and will commence before the end of the year in Guadaloupe, delivering consumers and small businesses Internet connectivity with initial download speeds ranging from 512 Kbps to 6 Mbps. The service will be extended to Martinique, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barth and French Guiana from January 2014.

“Newtec's Sat3Play product, with its Point&Play self-installation enables end users to autonomously install the complete system with no specific qualification or expensive tooling needed,” said Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Eutelsat first announced it would be using Newtec’s technology for its IP Easy services in 2012 when it successfully launched a broadband platform for Sub Saharan Africa with a Newtec hub located at Eutelsat’s Mediterranean teleport. Later that year it extended the coverage to Indian Ocean islands by adding a second hub installed at the Rambouillet teleport in France. The Caribbean IP Easy Service is powered from a teleport in the US.

According to figures highlighted by Eutelsat, 66% of the more than one million people living in the French West Indies and French Guiana have a PC but only 50% have access to reliable broadband connectivity (according to ARCEP data from July 2013).



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