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Hispasat strengthens its capacity dedicated to bridging the digital divide in Spain and Portugal with that of Eutelsat’s Konnect satellite

October 28, 2021

Hispasat guarantees immediate connectivity at 100 Mbps from any geographic location in both countries.

More than 1 million homes in Spain won't have Internet access at 100 Mbps by the end of 2021 unless it is possible to guarantee the use of all available technologies.

MADRID, 28 October 2021. Hispasat, the Spanish satellite telecommunications operator of the Red Eléctrica Group, and the French operator Eutelsat have formed a partnership to promote initiatives to bridge the digital divide in Spain and Portugal that Hispasat has already put in place. As part of this agreement, the Spanish operator will complement its current capacities with those of Eutelsat’s Konnect satellite over the two countries. This way, Hispasat will operate in collaboration with Eutelsat and market high-quality broadband connectivity services at 100 Mbps to telecommunications operators and Internet Service Providers.

This agreement forms part of the lines of action that Hispasat proposed in its Strategic Plan for 2020- 25 aimed at transforming the infrastructure operator company into a satellite services and solutions company. The company will move forward by strengthening its current business, with actions such as this partnership with Eutelsat, and promoting its growth to adapt to the latest market trends, diversifying its portfolio through new technologies, services and strategic partnerships.

For Miguel Ángel Panduro, CEO of Hispasat, “digitalisation cannot be addressed without having guaranteed connectivity everywhere first. Satellite technology has evolved and permits Internet access at 100 Mbps immediately from any location, no matter how inaccessible it is. At HISPASAT we are fully committed to the goal of providing all citizens Internet access and contributing to digitalising economic activity regardless of geographic location. That’s why we have entered into this partnership with Eutelsat to complement our current capacity”.

Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, stated ““We are delighted by this strategic deal with our longstanding partner, Hispasat. Coming after wholesale agreements covering France and Italy, and a distribution deal for Germany, this latest commitment by a satellite operator to cover the territories of Spain and Portugal confirms the relevance of powerful, cost-efficient next generation geostationary satellites as an immediate solution to the ubiquitous deployment of reliable, high-speed broadband.”

Based on the estimates of the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, at the end of 2021 more than 1 million Spanish homes won’t have 100 Mbps Internet access. A large part of this population still lacking high-quality Internet access lives in rural areas, where the roll out of terrestrial infrastructure (fibre optic and 5G) is insufficient. In Portugal, 30% of rural homes lack highspeed Internet access

It’s not just homes that suffer from this digital divide, but also SMEs. This fact is a key factor in the population drain from rural areas. Only high-quality connectivity will be able to provide social stability based on digitalisation, allowing the population and economic activities to be dispersed throughout the region while also ensuring the equality of rights and opportunities for all citizens.

Universal coverage and a rapid roll out make satellites an ideal technological solution to democratise Internet access and bring it where other alternatives do not reach. For this reason, Hispasat supports technological neutrality and complementary technological solutions that can provide an immediate response to the goal of connectivity for 100% of the population set forth in the Spanish government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan for 2025.

About HISPASAT

HISPASAT is the leading satellite operator in Spain and a driver for innovation in the aerospace sector. The company is the main communication link between Europe and America as a broadband and connectivity service provider in America, Europe and North Africa through its companies in Spain and Latin America, where its Brazilian subsidiary, HISPAMAR, is located. HISPASAT is the leader in broadcasting and distributing multimedia content in Spanish and Portuguese, including broadcasts from major digital Direct to Home (DTH) and High Definition Television (HDTV) platforms. These activities make it one of the top companies in the world by revenue in its sector and it forms part of the Red Eléctrica Group.

Press contact:

Víctor Inchausti – tel. +34 91 710 25 40 vinchausti@hispasat.es / comunicacion@hispasat.es


About Eutelsat

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. Around 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 1,200 men and women from 50 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service