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).