Eutelsat selects global companies for KONNECT satellite programme

sat teEutelsat Communications has selected General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies to deploy seven antennas and Hughes Network Systems to provide JUPITER ground network system in Eutelsat’s future KONNECT satellite and associated broadband services

With 75 Gbps of capacity, 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 is expected to serve the broadband internet market on a large scale throughout Western Europe and Africa.

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies’ solution is set to provide seven nine-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 will provide its Jupiter platform for KONNECT's ground network system including baseband equipment and new generation user terminals.

Yohann Leroy, deputy CEO and chief technical officer of Eutelsat, said, “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.”

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

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