| Eutelsat to Drive Satellite Broadband to New Frontiers With First Full Ka-band Satellite Infrastructure|
Eutelsat Communications, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, selected EADS Astrium to deliver its first satellite operating exclusively in Ka-band frequencies. The satellite will form the cornerstone of a major new satellite infrastructure program that will significantly expand capacity for consumer broadband services across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, while providing new opportunities for local and regional television markets.
Currently called KA-SAT and scheduled for launch in third quarter 2010, the satellite will be configured with over 80 spotbeams. A network of eight gateways managed by Eutelsat, and which will provide access to KA-SAT and deliver the full range of services to end users, will form an integral part of the new infrastructure.
KA-SAT will be positioned at 13 degrees East where it will join three large HOT BIRD™ Ku-band broadcasting satellites. This co-location will enrich the range of consumer entertainment services offered from the Group’s prime neighborhood by enabling satellite homes to receive television in the Ku-band and new rich media services in the Ka-band through a single dual-frequency antenna.
KA-SAT is the European equivalent to ViaSat-1, a high-capacity Ka-band broadband satellite ordered by ViaSat to serve the North American market and planned to launch in 2011. ViaSat and Eutelsat are cooperating closely around ViaSat’s Ka-band SurfBeam networking system and a similar wholesale business model that works through ISPs, telecommunications companies and pay-TV platforms to serve subscribers. This collaboration builds on a long-standing relationship that has enabled the development and provision of ground-breaking broadband services for enterprise, in-flight, maritime and high- speed rail markets across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
With capacity commercialized on 24 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India, and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. Its satellites broadcast almost 3,000 television channels, of which more than 1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD™ video neighborhood, serving over 120 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Eutelsat satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat’s broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates services, including Tooway™, through its teleport in Italy that serves enterprises, local communities, government agencies, and aid organizations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ 529 commercial, technical and operational experts from 27 countries.
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