SES to deliver high speed Internet to German villages

Jörn Krieger | 12-02-2014

Astra satellite operator SES has signed contracts to provide its broadband Internet via satellite service to 15 German villages located in several regions of federal state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The contracted communities, including Steesow, Behren-Lübchin, Lühburg, Bollewick, Lübs, Bartelshagen II, Fuhlendorf and Saal, have received subsidies for the Astra Connect for communities networks from a combination of public funds, including EU, state and regional funds for broadband development such as the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (ELER) and Rural Development Programs (RDP).

The Astra Connect for communities solution uses a single satellite antenna installed at a central headend and the broadband connection is supplied to the end users via Wi-Fi access or the existing terrestrial telephone network. This provides all households within the headend reach with Internet access at speeds of up to 25Mbps. Depending on the geographical location of the village, one or more headends can be installed to provide the required coverage.

"There are many communities in Germany and further afield in Europe that need such a service quickly and without elaborate costs," said Patrick Biewer, managing director of SES Broadband Services. "We are sure the solution fits very well into the German broadband landscape and provides a cost-effective and competitive service for other villages and regions that are unconnected so far. We are convinced that communities in other European countries can also benefit from such service and are aiming to further roll it out in other countries."