Eutelsat’s next-generation broadband-by-satellite Konnect craft, built by Thales Alenia Space, is in the final stages of readiness for launch today (January 16th).
The satellite is a Very High Throughput (VHTS) craft, and will significantly boost Eutelsat’s broadband coverage over Africa in particular and the operator says it should materially bridge the digital divide for consumers and businesses.
Eutelsat said in a statement: “This latest-generation satellite service enables all types of users, from consumers to businesses, schools, hospitals and governments to enjoy the social and economic opportunities that internet connectivity entails, whether they are in urban, rural or the remotest locations.”
Additionally, Konnect will serve Europe and Russia.
Konnect is occupying the upper – top – position of a giant Ariane 5 rocket. The lower position is taken by an Indian communication satellite (GSAT-30) and will provide C-band coverage to the Gulf countries as well as much of Asia, India and Australia.
This is the first launch for Arianespace this year.