July 23, 2020
Telecommunications giant Orange is teaming up with satellite operator Eutelsat to offer consumers high speed via satellite.
This agreement is a major commitment of Orange. Orange has purchased all the capacity available on the recently launched Eutelsat Konnect satellite from Eutelsat to cover the whole of France.
“It will allow Orange’s general public, even those who live in the most isolated areas, to benefit from very high speed fixed via satellite from January 2021”, indicates a joint statement.
The agreement is part of the “France Haut / Très Haut Débit Plan”, adopted by the French government with the aim of deploying broadband at at least 30 Mb / s throughout France. 2022.
The service will be distributed by the Nordnet subsidiary of Orange, the leading French distributor of satellite Internet services since 2008, enabling it to offer unlimited very high-speed Internet access to individuals throughout France.
Commenting on the agreement, Michel Jumeau, EVP / Orange France, said: “The period of lockout that we have just experienced has demonstrated more than ever the need for connectivity throughout France. With this agreement with Eutelsat, Orange is proud to continue to fight against the digital divide by offering fixed very high speed throughout the country ”.
Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “We are pleased to strengthen and advance our collaboration with Orange to leverage our dedicated connectivity capacity to provide high-speed Internet access to 100% of households in France. This agreement secures the rise of our Eutelsat Konnect satellite, and perfectly illustrates the complementarity between satellite and telecom operators to ensure ubiquitous coverage of the territory.
The agreement will apply until the even more powerful Konnect VHTS very high-speed satellite is brought into service, including a transition period during which the installed base will be gradually transferred to the new satellite.
Launched in January 2020, Eutelsat Konnect has a total capacity of 75 Gb / s and is able to provide full or partial coverage up to 15 countries in Europe and 40 in Africa, offering speeds of up to 100 Mb / s. s to businesses and individuals. in the digital divide at competitive monthly rates.