Tooway is the most established satellite broadband solution in France. Offering download speeds of up to 22 Mbp/s, domestic & professional packages and options to buy or rent the kit, Tooway is a flexible solution popular amongst businesses and home users.
Like SES Astra, each package has a different monthly data allowance. The monthly allowance is the total amount of data that you can download from or upload to the internet. For example, every time you go to a web page or receive an email a certain amount of data is downloaded. If you download large files such as a music track or a photo attached to an email then this will use up more data. Streaming videos or music from the internet generally uses the most data of all.
Tooway offers packages for domestic users and also for professionals. In addition there is a Tooway Pay As You Go option called Tooway Easy.
Please note that Tooway domestic packages are no longer available in large areas of France - those covered by beams 15 and 21 which are now at capacity. We can check whether Tooway is an option where you live. Professional packages are still available across the whole of France.
Tooway domestic packages are assigned UK IP addresses. This is great for accessing sites which are geographically restricted such as BBC iPlayer.
The Tooway Professional packages are designed to deliver better performance than the domestic packages. Professional subscribers will share available bandwith with 20 other users - on domestic packages bandwidth is shared amongst 50 users. Tooway Professional subscribers also have download & upload traffic prioritised above domestic users between 7 am and 7pm. In simple terms, sharing bandwidth with less users and having prioritised traffic means that the network will be less stretched at peak times.
Tooway Professional packages have fixed IP addresses which are country specific - so users in France will have a French IP address.
It is possible to rent the Tooway harware rather than purchasing it up front. With this option you will pay a rental fee of €6.95 per month on top of the monthly subscription. There is also a one-off connection fee of €33.95 and a rental contract arrangement fee of up to €99. Under a rental agreement you have a 24 month contract and the equipment always belongs to Tooway.
Tooway operates a Pay As You Go option called Tooway Easy. This is ideal for people who visit France for short periods or to use as a backup in case your landline based broadband goes down.
For the PAYG service the equipment is purchased for €399. There is a one-off connection fee of €29.95 and an annual fee of €49.99. You then purchase data packages which are valid for 48 hours (2 GB - €19.95), 7 days (5 GB €29.95) or 30 Days (15 GB - 69.95). Data must be used within the timescale purchased. If you use all of your data you can purchase a top-up at a reduced price which must also be used up within the original period.
The T25 package includes unlimited night time data usage between 12pm and 6am French time. This 'Freezone' option cannot be added to other domestic tarifs but can be added to Professional packages for €29.95 per month.
The equipment will be delivered free of charge to a UK address – normally on the next working day. Shipping to France costs €30 and delivery normally takes 4 to 5 working days.
The system is designed for self-installation if you have reasonable DIY skills. If you want the equipment professionally installed this typically costs in the region of €180.00 to €250.00. We will be happy to provide the installation guide in advance to help you decide if DIY installation is possible.
Through our experience across France over the past 14 years we have built up a network of experienced installers covering most areas of the country. If you would prefer to have your system professionally installed we may be able to put you in contact with somebody who can help.