Eutelsat Reaches Milestone in New Satellite Covering Europe, Africa
Monday, March 04, 2019 | Comments

Eutelsat Communications announced the successful mating of the platform and payload of the KONNECT satellite, conducted this week at Thales Alenia Space's facilities in Cannes, France. This operation is a major step in the construction of the satellite, in preparation for its launch by the end of this year.

KONNECT is a next-generation high-throughput satellite offering operational flexibility. With a mass of 3.5 metric tons, this all-electric satellite and the first to use Thales Alenia Space's new Spacebus Neo platform, will provide 75 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of capacity covering Western Europe and Africa. With capabilities for a large-scale service to address the demand on both continents, KONNECT is a major pillar of Eutelsat's strategy of returning to growth, enabling the company to bolster its presence in the fast-growing broadband market.

On a wider scale, this satellite program supports the group's ambition to contribute to reducing the digital divide with a view to building a more inclusive digital society. By leveraging existing satellite resources, Eutelsat strives for the arrival of this satellite through the launch of new broadband services in these regions, such as in several African countries in the past months.

"This mating operation represents a key step in this significant satellite program, one that will enable us to deliver high-speed broadband services at affordable prices, with a view to complementing terrestrial networks in Western Europe but also in Africa where the drive to increase internet penetration is a key priority,” said Yohann Leroy, deputy CEO and chief technical officer (CTO) of Eutelsat.

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