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Viasat to pay Eutelsat $166M for the ex-partners’ JV and Ka-Sat; stage set for direct broadband competition in EMEA

PARIS — The slow-motion collapse of the Viasat-Eutelsat partnership to provide satellite broadband to consumers and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa is now final with Viasat’s purchase of Eutelsat’s share of their joint broadband wholesaler and its Ka-Sat satellite.

The partnership began with Eutelsat needing Viasat’s help in starting a consumer broadband business in Europe after years of effort following the December 2010 launch of Eutelsat Ka-Sat, which has about 90 Gbps of throughput and is located at 9 degrees east.

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