Access to satellite Internet will surge in remote areas of Africa by the end of the year. The Eutelsat Konnect satellite entered service on November 16, 2020. Expected by several Internet connectivity providers, it will help make 2021 a turning point in fixed broadband.
On November 16, 2020, the satellite telecom operator Eutelsat Communications announced the successful entry into service of its new generation multibeam satellite Eutelsat Konnect. The equipment manufactured by Thales Alenia Space was sent into space in January 2020 from the Kourou space center in Guyana by Ariane Space. It will improve access to the Internet in Africa, particularly in remote areas.
While waiting for the high-speed connectivity provided by Eutelsat Konnect, several companies had already approached Eutelsat with whom contracts have also been signed. This is the case of Paratus, on September 3, 2020, which will use the capacities of Eutelsat Konnect to offer more connectivity services in rural and remote areas of South Africa.
The commissioning of the Eutelsat Konnect satellite is indeed timely, as it will allow Eutelsat Communications to respond effectively to the growing demand for connectivity caused by Covid-19. The company indicates that the new satellite ” will see its resources in orbit gradually increase with 80% of the capacity in service by the end of the year, before reaching 100% in March 2021 “.
According to the French company, ” the commissioning of Eutelsat Konnect marks a major step in Eutelsat’s growth strategy focused on connectivity, which will help to make 2021 a turning point in fixed broadband “.