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Europasat Tooway contract prices April 2015

Download 22Mb
Upload 6Mb
Contract type RENT your kit
Data allowance 25 GB per month
One-off setup cost €49.95
Plus €6.95 per month ongoing rental
Connection fee €29.95
Monthly cost €49.95

or 10 GB/month for €29.95

Data Speeds up to:
Download 22Mb
Upload 6Mb
Contract type OWN your kit
Data allowance 25 GB per month
Hardware cost €249.95
Connection fee €29.95
Monthly cost €49.95

or 10 GB/month for €29.95

Fast Internet access in St Antonin

Fast internet access is available in the centre of Saint Antonin – VDSL

I spoke to the phone engineer who came to lay a new cable to a house on the cote de Rodanese in St Antonin today.

I asked him about Fibre Optic and he said the Saint Antonin central (exchange) has fibre-optic going into it which worked at 100mbps (the central is below the swimming pool / gym carpark).

Houses within 1 KM of the central should be able to get faster internet access called VDSL. The house we were at was close and he thought it should get VDSL at 80mbps!

Orange customers: If you have a white Livebox (rectangular with corner chopped off) this is a ADSL 2 Livebox – you need to change it for a VDSL one to get faster access. Apparently Orange will get round to changing it eventually.

SFR – supply VDSL too

On can check ones elegibilty on Degrouptest.com : here are the results for DSL availability for a house lower on the Cote de Rodenese:

Informations techniques

central téléphonique : ST ANTONIN – UTSL1
longueur de ligne :886 mètres
affaiblissement théorique :  11.9646dB
état de la ligne :  ACTIVE
débit maximum estimé ADSL :  18.88 Mbps
débit maximum estimé VDSL : 34.76 Mbps

Which although very fast is half what he said

Degroutest say Orange and SFR offer VDSL at €19.99 per month only

Sadly the engineer was very pessimistic about the chances of our internet speed au Bosc improving even after the 2022 90% coverage with fibre-optic target.

http://www.eligibilite-adsl.com/resultat.html reports:

ADSL 2 Mbits

La ligne 056367xxxx a un affaiblissement de51,79 dB lié à la distance de 5316 mètres qui la sépare du central de ST ANTONIN (82155SAN).

Elle est composée d’une portion de 3455 mètresde câble de cuivre (0,6 mm) et d’une portion de1861 mètres de câble de cuivre (0,8 mm) .

Cette ligne a un affaiblissement de 47,42 dB lié à la distance de 4458 mètres qui la sépare du central de ST ANTONIN (82155SAN). Elle est composée d’une portion de 4458 mètres de câble de cuivre (0,6 mm) .

Fibre-optique and Orange’s plans

Stéphane Richard a annoncé, ce 17 mars,  que son groupe  va injecter 15 milliards d’euros entre 2015 et 2018 dans ses réseaux et multiplier par trois en France ses investissements dans la fibre d’ici 2020.

St Georges – 82240 – Domino

The Mairie have Domino which apparently isn’t any good

https://boutique.orange.fr/tablette-et-cle/domino-4g-e5377

it’s a 4g Wifi hotspot…

Domino Tarrfis:

max data contract Forfait Let’s go 2 Go 24 mois Domino price
2go 24 mnths 19,99€ 1€
8go 24 mnths 34,99€ 1€
8go 0 24,99€ 229.90€

Is there 4G coverage in St Georges?
NO of course there isn’t – there isn’t even 3G coverage – FFS!

St Georges info from degrouptest:
Central téléphonique : PUYLAROQUE
longueur de ligne :8528 mètres
affaiblissement théorique :  87.8384dB
état de la ligne :  ACTIVE
débit maximum estimé ADSL :  493 kbps
débit maximum estimé VDSL : incompatible

Nordnet’s new broadband via satellite contracts

Nordnet have two types of Broadband via Satellite contract – Nordnet JET and Nordnet MAX.

JET points at Astra 2 and is cheaper and more domestic,

MAX points at EUTELSAT KA-SAT (9° EAST) and is more for businesses
(Eutelsat satellite uses Tooway technology which is usually faster and less variable in speed.

Nordnet have made their contracts cheaper apparently BUT they have also limited the speeds after a threshold see below…

Name Fast quantity Slow Quantity Price Comment
Jet 2 Giga 2 Giga €19:90 Too small
Jet 10 Giga 5 Giga 5 Giga €24:90 Unlimited between 11pm and 7am
Jet 30 Giga 10 Giga 20 Giga €39:90 Unlimited between 11pm and 7am
Jet 50 Giga 10 Giga 40 Giga €49:90 Unlimited between 11pm and 7am

The first tranche of data arrives at 5 times the speed of the slow second tranche (presumably 22mbps and 4 mbps)

Presumably if you don’t want to buy the kit out right at €399 you need to add €10 a month to the price. (applies to MAX too)

MAX – 22 mega reception (20 megabits per second download) and 6 mega in emision (6mbps upload)

Name Telephone Price Comment
10 giga fixes in France €29.90 €34.90 after 12 months
25 giga fixes and mobiles in France + 50 destinations worldwide
unlimited surfing between 12pm and 6am
€44.90 €54.90 after 12 months
35 giga fixes and mobiles in France + 50 destinations worldwide
unlimited surfing between 12pm and 6am
65 giga to use in ‘heures crueses’
€84.90 €99.90 after 12 months

If you want to get one of these installed – let me know – I can do it for you.

Or you might want to discuss other options? 

Euronews & Al-Jazeera problems

My Euronews signal is MUCH better than any other freesat one (that I test for)
BUT I have a client who’s is weaker and by the time it goes through the surge protector it is too weak to see
Currently Lynsat reports:
Astra 2F 28.2°E 12663 H DVB-S MPEG-2 22000 5/6

I read this:

Euronews is not a Freesat channel as far as I am aware it is a sky FTA 12560 V 27500 2/3 according to lyngsat however that frequency is very close to the DECT phone frequency problem

Hi band problems:-

12480 to 12500 MHz (10600 MHz LO) IF is 1880 to 1900 MHz

try disconnect the power from your DECT phone and scanning again