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Eutelsat Selects Ground Infrastructure Providers for its KONNECT Satellite Programme

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Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) has chosen high-performance ground
infrastructure providers to operate its future KONNECT satellite and
associated broadband services: General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies has
been selected to offer and deploy seven antennas, while Hughes Network
Systems (HUGHES) will provide its JUPITER™ ground network system.

With 75 Gbps of capacity, KONNECT is a new generation multi-beam
satellite scheduled for launch at the end of this year. Once in service
in 2020, the all-electric satellite will serve the broadband Internet
market on a large scale throughout Western Europe and Africa.

General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies’ solution will provide seven
9-metre antennas to support traffic exchange between the satellite and
its ground network system, ensuring a best in class performance and
speed of deployment on a cost-efficient basis.

Eutelsat’s long-standing partner, Hughes, a world leader in satellite
broadband networks and services, will provide its Jupiter platform for
KONNECT’s ground network system, including baseband equipment and new
generation user terminals1.

Yohann Leroy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer
of Eutelsat, said: “Ground infrastructure was the last missing link
in our KONNECT satellite programme and this has been bridged thanks to
orders placed with Hughes Network Systems and General Dynamics SATCOM
Technologies, two trusted partners and references in their respective
fields. The satellite, which has just completed its construction and is
currently starting its test phase, will thus benefit from
high-performance ground and in-orbit infrastructure on a cost-efficient
basis to deliver competitive services to our customers.”

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading
satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated
ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data,
Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate
effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over
7,000 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast
by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or
connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices
and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women
from 46 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of
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1 Including a 75-cm antenna, a transmitter/receiver unit, and
a modem.
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