As per the international operator Eutelsat ( European Organisation of Telecommunications) as a major contribution of reducing the digital gap between Africa and another part of the world. Eutelsat’s satellite is now ready and it’s planned to be launched at around mid-January 2020.
The communication satellite is all built by “Thales Alenia Space”, a joint collaboration between multi-sector tech giant Thales & high-tech giant Aerospace, defense, and security company Leonardo, which is currently undergoing final preparation before being ship to Guiana Space Centre in Kourou – French Guiana.
As per the collaboration, Konnect will provide high-speed internet services in the African market, offering a total capacity of 75 GBPS. By next autumn this satellite will allow the operator to distribute an internet connection to both companies including individuals at up to 100 Mbps. Moreover, it will also allow several users to share an internet connection via public Wi-Fi and hotspot.
The satellite will also play a lead role in bridging the digital gap between Africa and Europe. After this, another major project lined up for the year 2022 with KONNECT VHTS – a very high output satellite, which is also manufactured by Thales Alenia Space.
This new satellite is eco-friendly with an electric propulsion system in Ka-Band. It is the first of its kind to be used. Thales Alenia Space’s all-electric Spacebus NEO platform, developed under the Neosat Partnership Project conducted by the European and French space agencies ESA and CNES.