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Satellite Operator Offers Rural Broadband to Villages Over Last-Mile Landlines

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European satellite operator, SES ASTRA has launched a new service that aims to provide communities in areas without conventional broadband internet access with its satellite based broadband service ASTRA2Connect. The so called sub distribution service allows telecoms firms to offer satellite based broadband connections via the existing last mile infrastructure.

The sub-distribution allows SES ASTRA to provide small communities in the white spots with broadband connections of up to 6 Mbit/s without households needing to install a satellite antenna at their homes. The satellite broadband connection is installed at the street cabinet of the community, and that is then connected to the customer's home through the existing landline phone network in the village.

End customers only need a standard DSL modem, to access the broadband internet.

"We are very proud to be able to contribute to the current broadband discussion with such an innovative solution," said Norbert Hölzle, Chief Commercial Officer at SES ASTRA. "Our sub-distribution solution bears an enormous potential to close the white spots in Germany while promoting cooperations between infrastructure providers and telco operators at the same time. We are convinced that we are offering an attractive service for communities, internet service providers and end customers alike."

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