Eutelsat has signed a multimillion-dollar agreement with Germany’s WORK Microwave for a fleet of new satellites covering Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
As the third largest satellite platform operator, headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat required extra capacity to meet rapidly expanding demand for data transmission, even as traditional DTH broadcast services are declining.
“Data consumption is skyrocketing around the world, and the goal of our KONNECT VHTS satellite is to enable easy, affordable, and fast internet delivery,” said Guillaume Benoît, broadband system and connectivity manager at Eutelsat. “Following the selection of WORK Microwave’s solution on Eutelsat KONNECT infrastructure for our broadband services in Europe and in Africa, we are pleased to confirm its use for our KONNECT VHTS ground infrastructure. With WORK Microwave’s well-engineered converter solutions, we can improve the reliability and performance of our ground infrastructure.”
Eutelsat is using WORK Microwave’s Ka- and Q-/V-band converters on its ground segment equipment during the next phase of its connectivity strategy, offering high data throughput via its KONNECT VHTS satellite. Its high throughput satellites are key to bridging the digital divide as they are optimized to deliver affordable and high-quality broadband to consumers, professionals, and companies beyond the range of fiber and ADSL, according to the operator. With 230 spot beams and an overall capacity of about 500 Gbps, KONNECT VHTS will provide two-way broadband connectivity in those regions. Eutelsat claims this will provide fiber-like connectivity and prices to end users.
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