With Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite, France kick-starts EU broadband user-terminal industrial base

by Peter B. de Selding

KOUROU, French Guiana — The 500-Gbps Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite  launched Sept. 7 is designed not only to bolster Eutelsat’s connectivity business as the company confronts slowing growth of its core video revenue.

With French government funding and support from both Eutelsat and Konnect VHTS prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, it is also supposed to stimulate a European user-terminal industrial base.

European governments for years have lamented that certain commercially or strategically relevant technologies, including large deployable antennas and user ground terminals, is . . .

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