Orange partners with Eutelsat to provide broadband via satellite in France

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Rendering of Konnect satellites. Photo: Thales Alenia Space

Orange purchased all the capacity available on the Eutelsat KONNECT satellite from Eutelsat Communications, which covers the whole of France. Orange customers will benefit from the fixed broadband satellite service from January 2021. The service will be distributed by Orange Nordnet subsidiary, a French distributor of satellite Internet services.

Eutelsat launched the KONNECT satellite in January. KONNECT has a total capacity of 75 Gbps, with 100 Mbps coverage in 15 countries in Europe and 40 countries in Africa.

The agreement is part of the Plan France Haut / Très Haut Débit strategy adopted by the French government, with the objective of deploying broadband at at least 30 Mbps throughout France by 2022.

“The lockdown period that we have just experienced has demonstrated more than ever the need for connectivity throughout France,” said Michel Jumeau, Deputy CEO of Orange France. “With this agreement with Eutelsat, Orange is proud to continue to fight against the digital divide by offering very high fixed speed throughout the territory”.

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