Orange has purchased all available capacity from Eutelsat Communications on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite to cover the entire French territory.
It will enable Orange’s consumer customer base, even those living in rural areas, to benefit from high-speed fixed broadband via satellite from January 2021.
French government aims to roll 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, a leading French distributor of satellite Internet services, enabling it to offer unlimited very high-speed Internet access to individuals throughout France, Michel Jumeau, executive vice president, Orange France, said.
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 transferred to the new satellite, Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat said.
Eutelsat Konnect has capacity of 75 Gbps assuring 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 at competitive monthly rates.