Eutelsat

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Eutelsat S.A.
Type Public (EuronextETL)
Industry Satellite communication
Founded 1977
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people Michel de Rosen (CEO)
Website www.eutelsat.com

Eutelsat S.A. is a French-based satellite provider. Providing coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, it is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues.citation needed

Eutelsat's satellites are used for broadcasting 5,000 television and 1100 radio stations to over 204 million cable and satellite homes. They also serve requirements for TV contribution services, corporate networks, mobile positioning and communications, Internet backbone connectivity and broadband access for terrestrial, maritime and in-flight applications. Eutelsat is headquartered in Paris. Eutelsat Communications Chief executive officer is Michel de Rosen.1

Its main craft have traditionally operated from four positions, each separated by three degrees of the Clarke belt - 7, 10, 13 and 16°E; although more positions are now operated.

Satellites

Eutelsat commercializes capacity on 36 satellites located in geosynchronous orbit between 116 degrees West and 172 degrees East.

On 1 March 2012, Eutelsat changed the names of its satellites. The group's satellites mostly take the Eutelsat name, with the relevant figure for their orbital position and a letter indicating their order of arrival at that position.

Satellite COSPAR id Location Regions served Launch Comments
Eutelsat 3A 2007-021A 3°E Europe, North Africa 2007/06/01 formerly Sinosat 3 and ChinaSat 5C 2
Eutelsat 3D 3°E Europe, Middle East, Africa 2013/05/14
Eutelsat 7A 2004-008A 7°E Europe, Middle East, Africa 2004/03/16 Formerly named Eutelsat W3A until March 2012
Eutelsat 9A 3 2006-007B 9°E Europe, North Africa, Middle East 2006/03/11 Formerly named Eurobird 9A until March 2012; former Hot Bird 7A satellite
Eutelsat KA-SAT 9A 45 2010-069A 9°E Europe 2010/12/26
Eutelsat 10A 2009-016A 10°E Europe, Africa, Middle East 2009/04/03 Formerly named Eutelsat W2A until March 2012; S-band payload not yet entered into service due to an anomaly.6 Solaris Mobile filed the insurance claim and should be able to offer some, but not all of the services it was planning to offer.7
Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B 8 2001-011A 13°E Europe, North Africa, Middle East 2006/08/05 Formerly named Hot Bird 8 until March 2012
Eutelsat Hot Bird 13C 2008-065D 13°E Europe, Africa, Middle East 2008/12/20 Formerly named Hot Bird 9 until March 2012
Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13D 2009-008B 13°E Europe, South-West Asia 2009/02/12 Formerly Hot Bird 10 and Atlantic Bird 4A 9
Eutelsat 16A 2011-057A 16°E Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indian Ocean Islands 2011/10/07 Formerly named Eutelsat W3C until March 2012
Eutelsat 16B 1998-013A 16°E Europe, Middle East 1998/02/27 Formerly named Eurobird 16 until March 2012; former Atlantic Bird 4 and Hot Bird 4 satellite; operating in inclined orbit
Eutelsat 16C 2000-019A 16°E Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Asia 2000/04/18 Formerly named SESAT 1 until March 2012; operating in inclined orbit
Eutelsat 21B 2012-062B 21.5°E Europe, Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, Central Asia 2012/11/10 Fully operational since 2012-12-19.10
Eutelsat 25B 25.5°E North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia 2013
Eutelsat 33B 2002-051A 33°E Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia 2002/11/20 Formerly named Eutelsat W5 until March 2012; lost one of two solar panels June 16, 200811 Now at 25E and called Eutelsat 25C
Eutelsat 28A 12 2001-011A 28.5°E Europe 2001/03/08 Formerly named Eurobird 1 until March 2012
Eutelsat 33A 2003-043A 33°E Europe 2003/09/27 Formerly named Eurobird 3 until March 2012
Eutelsat 33B 2002-051A 33°E Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia 2002/11/20 Formerly named Eutelsat W5 until March 2012; lost one of two solar panels June 16, 200813 Now at 25E and called Eutelsat 25C
Eutelsat 36A 2000-028A 36°E Africa, Russia 2000/05/24 Formerly named Eutelsat W4 until March 2012
Eutelsat 36B 2009-065A 36°E Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia 2009/11/24 Formerly named Eutelsat W7 until March 2012
Eutelsat 48A 1996-067A 48°E Central Europe, Middle East, Central Asia 1996/11/21 Formerly named Eutelsat W48 until March 2012; former Hot Bird 2 and Eurobird 9 satellite; operating in inclined orbit
Eutelsat 48C 1999-018A 48°E Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia 1999/04/12 Formerly named Eutelsat W6 until March 2012, now at 48E and called Eutelsat 48C
Eutelsat 48D 2008-065B 48°E Afghanistan, Central Asia 2008/12/20 Co-branded AFGHANSAT 1. Formerly named Eutelsat 28B until January 2014, Eutelsat 48B until August 2012, W2M until March 201214
Eutelsat 70B 2012-069A 70.5°E Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, Australia 2012/12/03
Eutelsat 172A 2005-052A 172°E Asia-Pacific 2005/12/29 Formerly the GE-23 satellite
Eutelsat 5 West A 2002-035A 5°W Europe, Americas, Africa 2002/07/05 Formerly named Atlantic Bird 3 until March 2012, was also called Stellat 5
Eutelsat 7 West A 2011-051A 7°W Middle East, North Africa 2011/09/24 Formerly named Atlantic Bird 7 until March 2012
Eutelsat 8 West A 2001-042A 8°W Europe, Middle East, Americas 2001/09/25 Formerly named Atlantic Bird 2 until March 2012
Eutelsat Hot Bird 8 West C 15 2002-038A 8°W Europe, North Africa, Middle East 2002/08/21 Formerly named Hot Bird 6 until March 2012
Eutelsat 12 West A 2002-040A 12.5°W Europe, Middle East, Americas 2002/08/28 Formerly named Atlantic Bird 1 until March 2012
SATMEX 5 114.8°W Americas 1998
SATMEX 6 113°W Americas 2006
SATMEX 8 116.8°W Americas 2013

Planned future satellites

Satellite Location Regions served Launch
Eutelsat 3B 3°E Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, South America 2014
Eutelsat 9B 9°E Europe 2014
Eutelsat 8 West B 8°W Africa, Middle East 2015
SATMEX 7 114.9°W Americas 2015
SATMEX 9 116.8°W Americas 2015
Eutelsat 65 West A 65°W Americas 2016

Rented capacity

Satellite Location Regions served Launch
Express AT1 56°E Europe, Asia 2014/03/16
Express AT2 140°E Europe, Asia 2014/03/16
SESAT 2 53°E Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Asia 2003/12/29

Former satellites

Satellite COSPAR id Primary position Launched Inclined Retired Lost Comments
Eutelsat 1F1 13°E 1983 1989 1996 N/A
Eutelsat 1F2 7°E 1984 1990 1993 N/A
Eutelsat 1F4 7/13°E 1987 1993 2002 N/A
Eutelsat 1F5 10°E 1988 1994 2000 N/A
Eutelsat 2F1 13°E 1990 1999 2003 N/A
Eutelsat 2F2 10°E 1991 2000 2005 N/A
Eutelsat 2F3 16°E 1991 2000 2004 N/A
Eutelsat 2F4 7°E 1992 2001 2003 N/A
Hot Bird 1 13°E 1995 2006 2007 2012
Eutelsat W2 1998-056A 16°E 1998 N/A 2010 N/A
Eutelsat W3B 16 2010-056A 16°E 2010 N/A 2010 N/A
Eutelsat W75 1997-049A 4°E 1997 N/A 2011 N/A Former Hot Bird 3 and Eurobird 4 satellite
Eurobird 4A 2000-052A 4°E 2000 N/A 2012 N/A Former Eutelsat W1 satellite
Eutelsat 4B 1998-057A 4°E 1998/10/09 Formerly named Eurobird 2 until March 2012, now at 4E and called Eutelsat 4B

Services

Video Applications Professional Data Networks Broadband Services
Direct broadcasting of TV and radio Private networks IP backbone connectivity
Cable distribution Data broadcasting Virtual Private Networks
Satellite newsgathering Business TV, videoconferencing Broadband Internet access on ground, at sea, in-flight
Programme exchanges Mobile services (messaging,

positioning)

Multicasting and IP content distribution

History

European Telecommunications Satellite Organization membership

The European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Eutelsat) was originally set up in 1977 as an intergovernmental organisation (IGO) to develop and operate a satellite-based telecommunications infrastructure for Europe. It started operations with the launch of its first satellite in 1983.

Initially established to address satellite communications demand in Western Europe, Eutelsat rapidly developed its infrastructure to expand coverage to additional markets, such as Central and Eastern Europe in 1989, and the Middle East, the African continent, and large parts of Asia and the Americas from the 1990s.

Eutelsat was the first satellite operator in Europe to broadcast television channels direct-to-home. It developed its premium neighbourhood of five Hot Bird satellites in the mid-1990s to offer capacity that would be able to attract hundreds of channels to the same orbital location, appealing to widespread audiences for consumer satellite TV.

With the general liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in Europe, the IGO’s operations and activities were transferred to a private company called Eutelsat S.A. in July 2001.

In April 2005, the principal shareholders of Eutelsat S.A. grouped their investment in a new entity (Eutelsat Communications), which is now the holding company of the Group owning 95.2% of Eutelsat S.A. on October 6, 2005. Currently it owns 96.0% of Eutelsat S.A.

Source: http://www.eutelsat.com/investors/pdf/ETL-consolidated-financial-statements-300609.pdf

On January 2nd Eutelsat Communications announced closure of the transaction to acquire 100% of the share capital of Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (“Satmex”) having obtained all required government and regulatory approvals. As previously communicated, the transaction amounts to 831 million$. Based in Mexico, Satmex operates three satellites at contiguous positions, 113° West (Satmex 6), 114.9° West (Satmex 5) and 116.8° West (Satmex 8) that cover 90% of the population of the Americas.

Bibliography

  • (French) (English) Guy Lebègue, (trad. Robert J. Amral), « Eutelsat II: OK For West-to-East Service! », in Revue aerospatiale, n°73, November 1990.

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