Satellite Internet KA-SAT Failed

Abdul Ghani

Beginning with the war in Ukraine, a failure of the KA-SAT satellite network began. Elon Musk has promised satellite internet with Starlink.

The service of the KA-SAT satellite network over Europe has largely failed. As can be seen from an e-mail from the US operator Viasat to its partners, the problem began in Ukraine. "This appears to have initially started with the KA-SAT service in Ukraine and then spread to almost the entire KA-SAT footprint," it said. Viasat also operates encrypted communications services for the US military.

The outage of the KA-SAT network was "linked to a suspicious event that began at 4 a.m. UTC (Universal Time) on February 24. We continue to analyze our systems to identify the root cause and are taking additional network and security precautions, to prevent further effects", explained the operator.

The German ISP Eusanet is also reporting problems. "Unfortunately, according to the current status, it is to be expected that the service cannot be restored before next week," the company said. There is still no precise information on the causes, but "we can say that the outage began around the same time that Russia invaded Ukraine".

KA-SAT offers satellite internet for Europe and the Mediterranean. According to the operator, data transmission rates of up to 50 Mbit/s are possible in the download. The network has a total capacity of 90 GBit/s and has been in operation since May 2011.

Starlink operator makes commitments

On Twitter, Ukraine's Digital Minister Mykhailo Fedorov asked Elon Musk to cover the country via Starlink satellites. Musk stated, "Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More access terminals are on the way." Whether the service can actually be used in Ukraine has not been confirmed.

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Member Of Freelancers Union (USA), Freelance Writer!, and Digital Creator. Ghani Mengal is an enthusiast Freelance blogger and digital marketer. His content has been published and featured on many popular blogs, websites, and publications. Including TeelFeed, LifeHack.org, Data-Driven Investor, TextSniper, Scientific Publication The Predict, The Startup, The Ascent, Heart Affairs, Illumination, And The List goes on.

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