Orange has purchased from Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) (Paris:ETL) all available capacity on the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite to cover the entire French territory, the company said.
It will enable Orange´s consumer customer base, even those living in the most isolated areas, to benefit from very high-speed fixed broadband via satellite from January 2021.
The agreement comes against the backdrop the ´Plan France Haut / Très Haut Débit´, adopted by the French government with the aim of rolling-out high-speed broadband of at least 30 mbps to the entire French territory by 2022.
The service will be distributed by Orange´s Nordnet subsidiary, the French distributor of satellite Internet services since 2008, enabling it to offer unlimited very high-speed Internet access to individuals throughout France.
The agreement will apply until the entry into service of the KONNECT VHTS very high-speed satellite, including a transition period during which the installed base will be gradually transferred to the new satellite.
Launched in January 2020, EUTELSAT KONNECT has total capacity of 75 Gbps and is able to assure full or partial coverage of up to 15 countries in Europe and 40 in Africa, offering speeds of up to 100 Mbps to both companies and individuals in the digital divide at competitive monthly rates.