KONNECT satellite of Eutelsat Communications gets two high performance ground infrastructure providers for its upcoming launch expected at the end of this year along with support for the associated broadband services of the satellite.
General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies will be deploying seven 9-meter antennas for the traffic flow between the satellite and its ground support mechanism. The performance and speed of deployment is expected to be the best of its class along with being cost-efficient.
Hughes Network Systems, which happen to be Eutelsat’s long standing partner, and is a global leader in satellite broadband networks and services, will be providing its Jupiter platform for the ground network system of KONNECT along with baseband equipment and new generation user terminals.
KONNECT is a new generation, multi-beam all-electric satellite, having a capacity of 75Gbps. It is expected to be in service by 2020 and once functional, the broadband internet market of Western Europe and Africa is largely going to be benefiting from it.
Yohann Leroy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer of Eutelsat, was quoted to say, “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 high-performance ground and in-orbit infrastructure on a cost-efficient basis to deliver competitive services to our customers.”