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Eutelsat deal takes Telekom Austria east

Telekom Austria has entered into a partnership to use Eutelsat’s satellite at 16° east to launch a platform that can deliver services to central and eastern Europe.

The company confirmed the deal with Eutelsat to launch a satellite TV solution that involves a new B2B DTH platform, uplinking TV signals via Telekom Austria’s earth station in Aflenz/Styria to the Eutelsat satellite at the 16° east position.

Croatian mobile network operator Vipnet, which is backed by Telekom Austria, is to be the first customer for the platform.

Vipnet board member Adrian Jezina said the satellite would enable the business to plug gaps in its fixed-line coverage in major cities, as well as deliver services to rural areas.

“Vipnet is a national company and it really has national brand and marketing but that is not utilised across the whole country,” Jezina admitted. In addition to the extra coverage, the launch of the Telekom Austria platform would enable Vipnet to manage direct-to-home economically without making a risky investment on its own.

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