RTÉ to use Ka-Sat for new Saorsat platform

Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ, has selected Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat to deliver a satellite-based version of its free-to-air digital-terrestrial platform Saorsat. The launch of Saorsat via satellite is designed to ensure every household in the Irish Republic can receive RTÉ’s public service television and radio channels, including the approximately 2% that are beyond range of terrestrial DTT […]

Eutelsat and Es’hailSat select Arianespace for joint mission

Eutelsat and Es’hailSat, the Qatar-based satellite company, have selected Arianespace to launch their Eutelsat 25B / Es’hail 1 satellite in the second quarter of 2013 on board an Ariane 5 launcher. Eutelsat and Es’hailSat are undertaking a joint programme to operate a satellite at 25.5° East, serving markets in the Middle East, North Africa and […]

Ukraine moving ahead with satellite plan

Ukraine is moving ahead with plans to launch its first geostationary communications satellite, according to local reports. According to Russian press reports, state enterprise Ukrkosmos has struck an agreement with Eutelsat to secure a place at the 48° East orbital slot for the satellite, Dybid. Ukrkosmos director Sergei Kapshtyk told the Kommersant newspaper that the […]

Al Jazeera extends African coverage with Eutelsat

Al Jazeera has signed a capacity deal with Eutelsat to extend its coverage over Africa. The Middle Eastern broadcaster will use capacity on Eutelsat’s 7 West A satellite located at the 7° West orbital position. This will extend coverage across north west Africa to Morocco and as far as Nigeria.  Broadcasts have already begun, with […]

Eutelsat sees record backlog

Eutelsat’s order backlog has increased almost 10% to a record €5.3 billion, the satellite operator said on announcing its first half 2011-2012 results. This follows the launch of two new satellites to expand its presence in the Middle East, Africa, central Europe and the Indian Ocean islands. Video applications remain Eutelsat’s key business, generating first […]

Eutelsat passes 4,000 channels milestone

Satellite operator Eutelsat now broadcasts over 4,000 channels via its satellites. Eutelsat passed the milestone at the end of last year following the launch of Arabic film channel Rotana Cinema at the satellite operator’s 7° West position. Eutelsat said that satellites serving the Middle East, Africa, Russia and central Europe had seen particularly strong growth, […]

Eutelsat suspends Roj TV for Kurdish terrorist links

Eutelsat has suspended the Roj TV channel on its satellites due to its alleged connection to terrorist group the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The decision comes after Denmark’s Court of Copenhagen recently ruled that Roj TV had financial, structural and operational ties to the PKK. It declared the channel was guilty of facilitating and inciting […]

SIS Live increases Eutelsat capacity

Satellite uplink specialist SIS Live, is increasing the amount of permanent capacity it leases from satellites operated by Eutelsat. The companies have agreed a deal for “significant capacity” on the Atlantic Bird 1 satellite and on W3C, Eutelsat’s newest satellite. The leases guarantee access to 144 MHz of capacity on W3C and 36 MHz on […]

Albertis sells Eutelsat stake

Albertis has sold a 16% stake it held in satellite operator Eutelsat.
The company sold the stake for €981 million. Albertis is left with a 15.35% stake in Eutelsat, meaning it remains the second largest shareholder.
 Albertis said it would “continue to participate actively in the management of the company and support its development and growth […]

Eutelsat refinances debt

Satellite operator Eutelsat has announced the refinancing of its existing €1,765 million credit facilities which were due in June 2013. The refinancing will take place through the issuance of seven-year senior unsecured bonds for a total of €800 million by Eutelsat, and a new five-year bullet senior unsecured term loan for €700 million and senior […]