Telefonica to provide satellite Internet connectivity in Europe through Eutelsat

PR Newswire/Les Echos/ 
Telefonica to provide satellite Internet connectivity in Europe through
Eutelsat's high-performance KA-SAT satellite allows Telefonica to provide fast
Internet access to European operators beyond reach of terrestrial broadband
Madrid, Paris, 21 December 2012 - Telefonica Global Solutions has announced an
agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), Europe's leading
satellite operator, to provide high quality satellite broadband services to
carriers from across Europe through the high-performance KA-SAT satellite. 
This new range of Internet services provided via KA-SAT will offer European
carriers solutions that are as reliable and competitive in price as terrestrial
broadband services. With KA-SAT, Telefonica aims at offering 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. 
The Telefonica Global Solutions wholesale unit is a leading global solutions
provider in the international wholesale market, with a broad and competitive
catalogue of outsourcing services and solutions for international carriers,
present in the leading markets in Europe and America. 
For Jean-François Fenech, CEO of Skylogic, Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary:
"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-SA T will successfully address the
challenge of building a strong and fair digital landscape throughout Europe." 
Meanwhile, for Eduardo Guardincerri, Director of the Satellite Services 
Business Unit of Telefonica Global Solutions: "The bid for Eutelsat Ka band is 
the logical step for the evolution of the business of data communications via
satellite in Europe, where landbased 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. It also allows us to complement the overall strategy of the
Telefonica Group pro viding another access technology for services such as M2M
or iHealth." 
About Telefonica 
Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by
market capitalization and number of clients. From its consolidated position in
the sector, including telephony and broadband fixed and mobile as key supports
of its growth, the company geared its strategy to strengthen its leadership in
the digital world. Present in 26 countries and with more than 300 million
customers, Telefonica has a strong presence in Europe and Latin America,
important industrial partnership and a prominent global scale that very
favourably positions the company to capture growth opportunities. Telefonica is
a completely private company that has more than 1.5 million direct shareholders
and their shares are traded in the market of the Spanish stock exchanges and on
the stock exchanges of London and New York among others. 
Telefonica Global Solutions manages the business of multinationals, wholesalers
and roaming of the Telefonica Group. Global Solutions offers comprehensive
services in fixed and mobile telephony, it services to some of the leading
multinational in the world, as well as global telecommunications providers of
fixed, mobile, Internet phones and contents. Telefonica Global Solutions has a
competitive and integrated portfolio of services for carriers and multinational
which includes international services of voice, IP, capacity, broadband,
satellite, mobility and global solutions. It is a multicultural organization
with more than 1,400 employees, present in 40 countries and speaking more than
15 different languages. 
Press contacts: Telefonica Global Solutions
Corporate Communications Rafael Serrano
Tel: +44 (0)1753565711 Email: 
About Eutelsat Communications 
With capacity commercialised on 30 satellites that provide coverage across
Europe, as well as the Middle East, Africa and significant parts of Asia and 
the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators.
As of 31 March 2012 Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than 4,250
television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, 
the Middle East and Africa. The Group's satellites also serve a wide range of 
fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, 
corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and 
for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary,
Skylogic, markets and operates high speed Internet services through teleports 
in France and Italy that serve consumers, enterprises, local communities,
government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the
Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just 
over 750 commercial, technical and operational professionals. This culturally 
diverse staff comprises employees from 30 countries. 
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