Eutelsat subsidiary Skylogic has signed a distribution deal with Nordic telecoms giant TeliaSonera to offer the new-generation Tooway satellite broadband service.

Aimed to help bridge a regional digital divide, the Tooway service will be delivered via Eutelsat's new KA-SAT satellite which will provide high-speed broadband services to TeliaSonera customers beyond reach of terrestrial or wireless networks.

The service will initially roll-out in Finland, with TeliaSonera expecting to connect thousands of customers to Tooway over the next three years with download speeds expected to be in the region of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps. The Tooway solution takes the form of a small satellite dish and a modem connected to a PC.

Eutelsat's KA-SAT satellite was launched in December 2010 and is on track to go into full commercial service mid-2011. With its total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, Eutelsat claims that KA-SAT ranks as the world's most powerful spacecraft and, as Europe's first High-Throughput Satellite (HTS), will usher in a new era of competitively-priced satellite-delivered services for homes across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

The satellite forms the cornerstone of a new European satellite infrastructure which includes eight main satellite gateways across Europe connected to the Internet by a fibre backbone ring.

"We are proud and pleased to be able to bring this latest consumer technology to Finland. For the first time, the service will make broadband available to all Finns," said TeliaSonera Finland's Managing Director Juha-Pekka Weckstrom. "We believe that the service will be popular with users in both sparsely-populated and built-up areas, because we are convinced that the high data transfer rates and reasonable pricing are an attractive combination."