Rural Africa set to receive Internet Connectivity as EUTELSAT KONNECT becomes fully operational

Source: Thales Athenia Space

The EUTELSAT KONNECT communications satellite, launched by ArianSpace in January 2020, is now fully operational, Athenia Space has reported.

Eutelsat’s new geostationary satellite is designed to deliver large-scale Internet access to markets in Africa and Europe and will offer broadband services to companies and individuals alike at speeds of up to 100 Mbps. The Eutelsat-owned satellite is expected to cover at least 74% of the countries in Africa.

EUTELSAT KONNECT is the first satellite to be built on Athenia’s Spacebus NEO platform featuring full-electric propulsion. This new generation satellite platform allows satellite services providers to embark much larger missions into space while using greener technology. The all-electric propulsion system necessitates fewer amounts of fuel, and therefore providing more space for the payload.

The integration of the Spacebus Neo Platform into EUTELSAT KONNECT is a first for Athenia Space and is expected to pave way for more use in the coming years. The development of the NEO platform was supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), and the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) through the Neosat partnership.

© Space in Africa 2020

All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other forms of electronic retrieval system.


New Report: The 2020 Edition of African Space Industry Annual Report is now available. It presents data and analyses on projects, deals, partnership and investments across the continent. It also provides analyses on the growing demand for space technologies and data on the continent, the business opportunities it offers and the necessary regulatory environment in the various countries.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.