Eutelsat signs back-up deal with SMS Teleport

Independent UK teleport Satellite Mediaport Services Ltd. (SMS Teleport) has signed a deal with commercial satellite operator Eutelsat to provide back-up teleport-based broadcast satellite services for its EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite.  The deal will see SMS Teleport provide Eutelsat with redundant teleport services from its Rugby, UK teleport. In conjunction with Eutelsat’s Paris-Rambouillet teleport […]

Berenberg: ‘unfashionable’ Eutelsat’s low valuation ‘starting to look silly’

Satellite operator Eutelsat is “an unfashionable cash cow” that is nevertheless delivering decent shareholder returns and is undervalued to an extent that is “starting to look silly” according to analysts at Berenberg. Eutelsat last week reported first-half revenues of €636.6 milllion, down 3.3%, and EBITDA of €495.5 million, down 4.4%. CEO Rodolphe Belmer said the […]

AfricaXP taps Eutelsat to extend DTH TV offering in Africa

Channel network and content distributor AfricaXP has signed multi-year agreements with satellite operator Eutelsat for Ku-band capacity on two satellites at the 16° East and 7° East orbital slots.  This capacity will enable AfricaXP to extend the reach of its DTH free-to-air TV platform, Premium.Free,according to Eutelsat. Currently broadcast in West Africa, the platform will use […]

Eutelsat 7C enters commercial service

Eutelsat’s latest satellite, Eutelsat 7C, has entered full commercial service. The satellite is intended to provide capacity for broadcast customers across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. Manufactured by Maxar Technologies, Eutelsat 7C is a 3.4 tonne high-power all-electric satellite carrying 49 36MHz equivalent Ku-band transponders. The satellite was launched from Kourou in French […]

Eutelsat successfully launches Konnect satellite 

French satellite maker Eutelsat has successfully launched its Eutelsat Konnect satellite.  The satellite was launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit by Arianespace using an Ariane 5 rocket that lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 9.05 pm on January 16. Eutelsat Konnect is the first satellite to use Thales Alenia Space’s […]

Telefónica turns to Eutelsat for RTVE channels

Spanish telecom operator Telefónica has signed a multi-year capacity contract for public broadcaster RTVE with satellite operator Eutelsat for capacity at its flagship Hotbird neighbourhood. Telefónica has chosen Eutelsat’s key orbital position at 13° East to broadcast RTVE free-to-air content consisting of two HD channels: TVE Internacional Europa, the broadcaster’s international Spanish general interest channel, and the […]

Satellite operators cut out as FCC decides on public C-Band auction

The US FCC has unveiled plans to hold a public auction of the C-band spectrum currently used by satellite operators in a move that attracted immediate criticism from the C-band Alliance (CBA), the group comprising satellite players Intelsat, SES and Telesat that had lobbied for a private sale of spectrum.  FCC chairman Ajit Pai said […]

Analysts reflect on ‘thoroughly disappointing’ Eutelsat numbers

Analysts at Berenberg have admitted that satellite operator Eutelsat’s Q1 revenues were “thoroughly disappointing”, with the top line depressed by a contract termination in Sub-Saharan Africa and the return of two transponders by a Russian customer. The bank has retained its buy recommendation on the company’s stock however, based on an assumption that the Paris-based […]

Eutelsat sees bigger than expected fall in revenues

Eutelsat missed its financial targets for its fiscal first quarter with a bigger than expected decline in revenues. CEO Rodolphe Belmer blamed the dip on “worsening trends in data and professional video and the unplanned return of a couple of transponders in Russia”. The company posted revenues of €335.1 million, down 6% on a like […]

Eutelsat reports ‘incident’ on just-launched 5 West B

Satellite operator Eutelsat has said it is investigating an incident on one of the two solar arrays on its just launched Eutelsat 5 West B satellite. The Paris-based satellite operator said it was assessing the potential impact on the performance of the satellite and will communicate on it as quickly as possible. The operator said […]

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