Luxembourg-based satellite firm SES has announced that it has signed an agreement with Swisscom to provide its always-on two-way satellite ‘Astra Connect’ service in Switzerland. The Swiss incumbent, which provides nationwide broadband access under the terms of the Universal Broadband Service Obligation (UBSO), currently lacks DSL connectivity that meets the ‘required minimum transmission rate’ in around 2% of Swiss homes, and seeks to rectify this issue using a bidirectional satellite solution from SES. The Astra Connect service uses Ka-band capacity on SES’s satellite ASTRA 2E, which entered into commercial service on 1 February 2014.
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