02 Jan 2024
Vivacom and Eutelsat Group - one of the world's leading providers of satellite Internet, announced the commercial launch of a ground station in Bulgaria.
The project is implemented on the territory of Stara Zagora municipality, which will provide additional jobs in the next more than 10 years. It will also put Stara Zagora on the world map of space technologies and communications. Because of all these economic benefits, the project received a class B certificate from the Municipality of Stara Zagora, to which Invest Stara Zagora made a huge contribution.
The facility, which is the fourth of its kind in Europe and one of 35 already operational worldwide, will enable advanced communications services via low-orbit satellites. A year ago, Vivacom announced that it started building the station of the satellite operator Eutelsat OneWeb, which since September of this year merged with the French Eutelsat and now operates under the name Eutelsat Group.
The ground station consists of 18 antennas and a mini data center that connects the low-orbit satellites to the optical network and data centers in Bulgaria and Europe. Construction began in late 2022 and, despite adverse weather conditions, was completed in May 2023, followed by a successful testing and commissioning procedure.