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Orange in deal to beam satellite broadband to Europe


Financial Times

Orange has reached a deal with Eutelsat to deliver satellite broadband across Europe, in the latest sign that traditional telecoms carriers are looking to the space sector to expand their reach.

The French telecoms group will be a partner on the Paris-based satellite operator’s new Konnect VHTS satellite, which will offer “fibre-like” speeds and is expected to be operational by 2021.

Orange will use the satellite to provide high-speed internet to residential customers beyond the reach of terrestrial networks. French defence group Thales, Eutelsat’s other anchor partner on the project, will use it to serve government customers, including the EU.

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