Launch of the new generation EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS satellite built for its launch site at Thales Alenia Space Kourou

  • A state-of-the-art satellite covering all of Europe with broadband and mobile connectivity services

  • Largest geostationary satellite ordered in Europe with 500 Gbps capacity

  • Along with various strong promises, this satellite highlights the attractiveness of satellite solutions in combating the digital divide.

Paris and Cannes, France, July 21, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory news:

Eutelsat Connect VHTS, the largest and most modern satellite launched by global satellite operator Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), is scheduled to launch at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of its scheduled launch on September 6, 2022. An Ariane 5 rocket.

EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS, a very high capacity satellite designed by Thales Alenia Space, aims to provide broadband and mobile connectivity services across Europe. With a Ka-band capacity of 500 Gbps, EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS is the largest geostationary satellite ever ordered in Europe. It will carry the most powerful existing digital processor on board, capable of combining flexibility in power allocation and optimal use of spectrum.

Relying on seven times more capacity than its cousin Eutelsat connection to be launched in 2020, this satellite of the future has already benefited from the strong commitment of several major players in satellite broadband, notably France through Orange’s subsidiary Nordnet, Telecom coverage Italy for Italy and Italia Mobile. Thales Alenia Space to help government customers deploy connectivity solutions specifically. These examples of strong commitment testify to the driving role of satellite in the fight against the digital divide, at a time when access to connectivity is a decisive lever for economic and social development.

Pascal Homsey, Eutelsat’s Technical Director, said: ” With EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS, connectivity reaches a new milestone. By overcoming obstacles, this satellite is the most powerful to be integrated into the Eutelsat fleet so far. Carrying 230 beams to Western Europe, it will be equipped with a 5th generation transparent digital processor which will provide a major advantage in terms of in-orbit frequency flexibility. This is a state-of-the-art solution, signed by our partner Thales Alenia Space, which I would like to congratulate as the EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS is on its way to the Guyana Space Centre. »

Mark-Henry Sayre, Senior Vice President Thales Alenia Space’s telecommunications operations, added: “ The flagship of all satellites, EUTELSAT KONNECT VHTS fulfills an important mission of bridging the digital divide by ensuring connectivity across Europe. It is the largest capable satellite ever built by Thales Alenia Space and it is thanks to our team that all the latest technologies have been deployed for this purpose. We are particularly proud to see it on the launch pad ready for operations and we are eagerly awaiting the launch operations to kick-off. »

About Eutelsat Communications
Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s largest satellite operators. Thanks to its global satellite and ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables its customers to establish efficient links with their own customers in the video, data, government services and fixed and mobile connectivity sectors, wherever they are located. Eutelsat broadcasts about 7,000 channels, managed by the largest television groups, reaching an audience of more than one billion viewers equipped for satellite reception or connected to terrestrial networks. With sustainable development at the heart of its operations, Eutelsat puts its satellite resources at the service of reducing the digital divide, while committing to preserving a safe and uncluttered space environment. An attractive and responsible employer, Eutelsat relies on 1,200 employees in 50 countries, who are committed on a daily basis to providing the best quality service. Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (Euronext Paris) under the symbol ETL.

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