Eutelsat Communications has revealed it will be upgrading its satellite broadband service to offer download speeds of 'up to' 10Mbps by the end of 2010.
The broadband provider said its latest satellite, KA-SAT, has been completed and transferred to France, where it will undergo testing before being launched into orbit towards the end of the year.
Once in orbit, subscribers to Eutelsat's Tooway satellite broadband service will be able to access faster download speeds.
Tooway, which was launched in April last year, is priced from £25.50 per month and offers broadband access with download speeds of 'up to' 3.6Mbps via a small satellite dish and a modem.
Eutelsat said the satellite connection can be bundled with TV and VoIP (voice over IP) telephony service if required.
"Tooway's existing satellite broadband service already more than meet the Government's Digital Britain target of a 2Mbps service for all UK residents but KA-SAT will ensure that the broadband needs of UK rural residents continues to be met far into the future," said Steve Petrie from Tooway.