Eutelsat: Satellite sector M&A a good idea, no political obstacles, but shareholder value must be assured

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat said it was confident in its long-term strategic focus on broadband deployment and limiting the decline in its core DTH broadcast business, but that a consolidation would be good for the satellite broadcast industry.

Eutelsat pointed to recent wholesale agreements for Ka-band broadband capacity covering Spain and Portugal, France and Italy, with a distribution agreement in Germany, as proof that its Eutelsat Konnect and future Konnect VHTS satellites have gained traction.

The company said its 23% investment in the

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