January 16, 2020 – For its year-opening flight of 2020, Arianespace successfully placed two communications satellites into geostationary orbit: EUTELSAT KONNECT for the operator Eutelsat; and GSAT-30 for ISRO, the Indian space agency. The launch took place onboard Ariane 5, on January 16 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The all-electric Ka-band EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite is the first satellite to use the Spacebus NEO platform from Thales Alenia Space. This project has been developed within the scope of the Neosat program set up by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French CNES. EUTELSAT KONNECT will offer total capacity of 75 Gbps. It will enable Eutelsat to provide Internet access services for companies as well as individuals at rates up to 100 Mbps. It will contribute to reducing the digital divide by bringing broadband connectivity to 40 countries in Africa and 15 countries in Europe. GSAT-30, designed and built by ISRO, using the enhanced I-3K platform, will deliver high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services to all of India, including islands, with a design life exceeding 15 years. A year after the launch of GSAT-31, GSAT-30 will replace the Insat 4A satellite as ISRO continues to use space to bridge the digital divide on the Indian subcontinent, as part of its ambitious space program. This program calls on all types of space applications, including navigation, Earth observation, communications and the broadcast of educational programs, while also contributing to scientific research and planetary exploration.