Eutelsat has ordered a new multi-mission high-capacity satellite designed specifically to meet the demands of video and broadband markets in Brazil and Latin America.
Eutelsat stated on Tuesday, 30, that the company has selected Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, to manufacture EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite which will operate in early 2016.
The satellite will provide approximately 16-kW of power at end of life and will be located at 65 degrees west longitude. The EUTELSAT 65 West A will be equipped with 10 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders for video services in addition to 24 Ka-band spot beams for broadband connectivity in key regions.
According to the operator, the new satellite intends to provide DTH services and Internet access with the Ka-band high-throughput. The company also cites new opportunities in the digital infrastructure for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and predicts a demand for transponders between 2011 and 2016 with average annual growth of 7% in the region.
“This new satellite will be a key pillar supporting our goal to intensify our presence in vibrant digital markets in Brazil and across Latin America. At the 65deg West position, we will add valuable resources for video and introduce a high throughput payload for affordable broadband services complementing terrestrial networks in Latin America’s most populated regions. We are excited by the prospect of further expanding our footprint and leveraging our experience to develop lasting business relationships in Brazil and across Latin America,” said Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO.
Designed to deliver service for 15 years or more, the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite will be based on the SSL 1300 satellite platform.
About Eutelsat Communications
With capacity commercialised on 31 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. As of 31 March 2013, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 4,600 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group’s satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and operational professionals from 30 countries www.eutelsat.com.
SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Billions of people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit www.ssloral.com.
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