EUTELSAT 21B satellite in full commercial service

PR Newswire/Les Echos/ 
EUTELSAT 21 B satellite in full commercial service Longstanding 21.5° East
orbital position takes on a new dimension 
Paris, 18 December 2012 - Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today
announced the full entry into commercial service of the powerful EUTELSAT 21 B
satellite at 21.5° East. The seamless transfer of all traffic from the EUTELSAT
21A satellite was carried out overnight by Eutelsat's control centre, working 
in close collaboration with clients and providers of uplink services. 
The EUTELSAT 21B satellite takes the 21.5° East position to a new dimension for
users ranging from broadcasters to news agencies, telcos, enterprises and
government administrations. The new satellite offers increased bandwidth 
(40 Ku-band transponders versus 29 on EUTELSAT 21A), higher power and improved
flexibility. In addition to an enhanced Widebeam spanning Europe, North Africa
and Central Asia, it features two dedicated high-energy beams covering
North-West Africa and the Middle East/Central Asia optimised for data, 
broadband and professional video services. Customers now have the choice to 
operate services within a beam or to interconnect between beams. 
EUTELSAT 21A will now be redeployed to 48° East where it will continue to
provide full commercial service. The EUTELSAT 70B satellite, launched on
December 3, is currently undergoing in-orbit testing and on track to enter
service at 70.5° East in mid-January 2013. 
About Eutelsat Communications 
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the
holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity commercialised on 30 satellites
that provide coverage across Europe, as well as the Middle East, Africa and
significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's 
three leading satellite operators. As of 30 September 2012 Eutelsat's 
satellites were broadcasting 4,400 television channels to over 200 million 
cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's 
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 inflight 
markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates high 
speed Internet services through teleports in France and Italy that serve 
consumers, enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid 
organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris,
Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just over 750 commercial, technical and 
operational professionals. This culturally diverse staff comprises employees 
from 30 countries. 
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