European Tech Firm, Eutelsat Selects Infrastructure Providers for its Satellite Programme as Group Targets African Broadband Market

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Eutelsat Communications, a European satellite operator, has chosen its ground infrastructure providers to operate its future KONNECT satellite and associated broadband services.

Tech company, General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies has been selected to offer and deploy seven antennas, while US-based Hughes Network Systems (Hughes) will provide its ‘JUPITER’ ground network system.

KONNECT is a new generation multi-beam satellite scheduled for launch at the end of this year. Once in service in 2020, the all-electric satellite will serve the broadband Internet market on a large scale throughout Western Europe and Africa.

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies’ solution will provide seven 9-metre antennas to support traffic exchange between the satellite and its ground network system, ensuring a best in class performance and speed of deployment on a cost-efficient basis.

Eutelsat’s long-standing partner, Hughes, a world leader in satellite broadband networks and services, will provide its Jupiter platform for KONNECT’s ground network system, including baseband equipment and new generation user terminals.

“Ground infrastructure was the last missing link in our KONNECT satellite programme and this has been bridged thanks to orders placed with Hughes Network Systems and General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, two trusted partners and references in their respective fields,” commented Yohann Leroy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer of Eutelsat.

“The satellite, which has just completed its construction and is currently starting its test phase, will thus benefit from high-performance ground and in-orbit infrastructure on a cost-efficient basis to deliver competitive services to our customers,” he said.

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location.


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