Thu. Dec 7th, 2023
Orange Extends Broadband Coverage with Satellite Connectivity

Orange has expanded its range of connectivity solutions to include satellite technology alongside fiber, ADSL, 4G, and 5G Home. The new “Orange Satellite with Nordnet” offer, launched on November 16, 2023, aims to provide superfast broadband access to customers in mainland France, regardless of their location or eligibility for fiber. Nordnet, an Orange subsidiary specializing in satellite Internet for 15 years, operates this Satellite offer, which is marketed through Orange’s distribution channels.

For €49.99 per month (with the first month free), customers can enjoy unlimited superfast broadband with download speeds of up to 200 Mbps and upload speeds of 15 Mbps. This offer also includes unlimited calls to landlines in mainland France and 50 other destinations, as well as calls to mobiles in mainland France and eight other destinations. No change of phone number is required to avail this offer.

To set up the service, customers will receive a Satellite Kit, which can be self-installed or installed with the assistance of Nordnet and its network of specialist installation partners. The Satellite Kit can be purchased for €299 or rented for €8 per month, with a one-year warranty.

This satellite offer is part of the French government’s “Cohésion Numérique des Territoires” program, which aims to provide superfast broadband access to all homes in France by 2025. It particularly targets areas with inadequate wired broadband infrastructure and offers subsidies to improve connection through wireless technology.

The offer is based on the Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite, designed by Thalès Alenia Space and launched by Ariane 5 in September 2022. Weighing 6.5 tons and measuring 9 meters in height, it is the largest European satellite ever designed. The satellite utilizes electric propulsion and is supported financially by the European Space Agency and the French Space Agency.

Jean-François Fallacher, CEO of Orange France, expressed his pride in being able to provide superfast broadband access to customers throughout mainland France. He said that Orange’s technology mix, including satellite, 4G, 5G Home, fiber, and ADSL, caters to the diverse connectivity needs of the French population, even in remote areas.