Deutsche Telekom and Eutelsat partner on satellite broadband in Germany

Deutsche Telekom and Eutelsat partner on satellite broadband in Germany

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Deutsche Telekom and Eutelsat Communications have entered an agreement for the distribution of high-speed satellite broadband via the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite, by Deutsche Telekom.

Under the terms of the agreement, Deutsche Telekom will deliver EUTELSAT KONNECT high-speed broadband Internet offers to households in Germany with limited internet connection, as of the end of 2021.

Both parties have also agreed to discuss an extension of their partnership in the future which would result in Deutsche Telekom offering its own products via Eutelsat’s current and future infrastructure.

“We are excited to enlist the power of Deutsche Telekom as a distributor of our satellite broadband offer in Germany, one of Europe’s largest markets," said Rodolphe Belmer (pictured), chief executive officer of Eutelsat.

"This type of agreement illustrates the confidence of major telecommunications operators in our offer; it further highlights the relevance of satellite as a cost-effective and reliable infrastructure, enabling them to extend their reach beyond the scope of terrestrial networks and assure ubiquitous coverage of a territory."

Live since November 2020, EUTELSAT KONNECT has a total capacity of 75Gbps and is able to deliver speeds of up to 100Mbps to both individuals and companies with limited connectivity coverage. EUTELSAT KONNECT covers the whole of Germany, as well as 14 other European countries.

At the same time, Deutsche Telekom and Eutelsat are piloting an initial deployment in the city of Heimerzheim where the fixed network was badly affected by the floods in July. So far crucial connectivity has been re-established via satellite connection providing WLAN coverage for an information point where both relief workers and affected residents can access the Internet for free.

“Our ambition is to be the leader in both fixed and mobile communications,” said André Almeida, managing director private customers at Telekom Deutschland.

“The cooperation with Eutelsat is a perfect complement of our portfolio in the coming years to offer highspeed broadband via satellite in regions where we have no high speed currently and for remote areas.”

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