Eutelsat has successfully launched its W3C satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China.
W3C will replace the Eurobird 6, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites at 16° East. It is carrying 56 transponders and will provide a high-power footprint optimised for DTH broadcasting in central Europe; high-power coverage over Indian Ocean to support the expansion of pay TV and accelerate digital switchover in Mauritius and Reunion Island; a wide footprint serving Europe, north Africa and the Middle East for data networks and newsgathering; and Ku-band coverage stretching from Senegal to Madagascar and enabling connectivity with Europe in Ka-band.
Speaking after the launch, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said, “This is a new milestone, achieved only 14 days after the launch of our Atlantic Bird 7 satellite. With these two new satellites scheduled to enter service during the second quarter of our financial year, Eutelsat will be equipped with new resources to meet strong client demand across dynamic markets in Central Europe, Africa and Indian Ocean islands, strengthening our confidence to meet our objectives for the year.”