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December 21, 2012

Telefonica and Eutelsat Provide Satellite Internet Connectivity in Europe

By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor

In order to supply more Internet capacity than any other satellite provider in Europe,Telefonica Global Solutions has partnered with Eutelsat (News - Alert) Communications to provide high quality satellite broadband services to carriers from across Europe through the high-performance KA-SAT satellite.

Under this partnership, Telefonica (News - Alert) will provide fast Internet access to European operators that are beyond reach of terrestrial broadband networks.

This new internet service will provide European carriers with KA-SAT solutions that are as reliable and competitive in price as terrestrial broadband services.  

Jean-François Fenech, CEO of Skylogic, Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary said in a
statement,  "Telefonica has followed a path that has established it as one of the most emblematic and admired companies in Europe, making it the ideal partner for increasing the reach of satellite broadband. We are convinced that the implementation of satellite broadband via KA-SAT will successfully address the challenge of building a strong and fair digital landscape throughout Europe."

With KA-SAT, Telefonica offers fast Internet access to carriers from all over Europe, especially in areas that are not within reach of terrestrial broadband networks, such as rural areas or urban belts, as well as fully diversified backup solutions in areas that do have terrestrial access.

Eduardo Guardincerri, Director of the Satellite Services Business Unit of Telefonica Global Solutions stated, "The bid for Eutelsat Ka band is the logical step for the evolution of the business of data communications via satellite in Europe, where land-based infrastructures have increasing capillarity. KA-SAT will allow us to offer high quality services at competitive prices, allowing us to update our catalogue of services for operators and corporations.”

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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