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 […]

Eutelsat’s latest satellite launches successfully

Satellite operator Eutelsat’s latest craft, Eutelsat 5 West B, has been successfully launched into super-synchronous transfer orbit by International Launch Services using a Proton Breeze M rocket that lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 15.17 local time yesterday. Following manoeuvres and in-orbit tests, Eutelsat 5 West B will be positioned at 5° West at […]

Media Distillery signs Eutelsat up for new global cloud AI platform

Artificial intelligence specialist Media Distillery has launched a global cloud-based AI platform aimed at delivering  an enhanced on-demand experience on a large scale to broadcasters and TV operators, with Eutelsat as its first customer. Media Distillery’s AI technology uses the company’s Deep Content Understanding technology to analyse audiovisual content in real-time at scale to provide […]

Eutelsat quits C-band Alliance

Satellite operator Eutelsat has quit the C-Band Alliance, the organisation set up to oversee the clearing and repurposing of C-band spectrum to make a portion of this band available for 5G services in the US. Eutelsat said it still wished to take a direct active part in the discussions on C-band clearing and repurposing. Tensions have […]

Globecast and Eutelsat launch new Hotbird platform with Deutsche Welle as first customer

International distribution firm Globecast has announced an extension of its partnership with Eutelsat Communications on the creation of a new Hotbird platform. Globecast says that the new platform is designed to “satisfy the growing move from SD to HD in the market”. “We’ve seen increasing demand for capacity across Europe from west to east as […]

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