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Eutelsat’s W7 Satellite Delivered into Orbit by ILS Proton Rocket

November 24, 2009

PARIS, November 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– Eutelsat set to double resources at key 36 degrees East neighbourhood

The W7 satellite of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) has
been successfully lofted into orbit by a Proton Breeze M rocket supplied by
ILS. Lift-off of Eutelsat’s 5.6 tonne communications satellite took place on
Tuesday 24 November at 14.19 GMT (15.19 CET). After a 9-hour 12-minute
flight, the launcher released W7 into geosynchronous transfer orbit at 23.31
GMT (00.31 CET).

Commenting after successful spacecraft separation, Eutelsat CEO, Michel
de Rosen
said: “We are delighted to announce that our W7 satellite is on its
way to 36 degrees East, and we thank ILS and Khrunichev for responding to our
requirements for quality, efficient and timely service. This new satellite
will be a key pillar for our business development at a well-established
neighbourhood, addressing dynamic markets with clear potential for sustained
growth. W7 will support expansion of pay-TV platforms in Russia and across
Africa. It will also give us headroom to expand telecoms and data activity in
a vast region embracing Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

With three new satellites having already entered into commercial service
in 2009 – HOT BIRD(TM) 9, ATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 4A and W2A – today’s launch also
represents a new step forward in Eutelsat’s significant in-orbit expansion
programme. Four additional satellites will follow W7 into orbit by the end of
2011 to equip us with the resources, flexibility and reach we need to capture
further business opportunities in video, telecom and broadband markets.”

Based on the Spacebus 4000C4 design, W7 was built for Eutelsat by Thales
Alenia Space. The satellite’s apogee motor will be fired three times over the
coming five days to circularise its orbit and solar panels and antennas will
be fully deployed by the beginning of next week. After an extensive round of
in-orbit tests, the satellite will be commercially available at 36 degrees
East in early January 2010.

Colocated with W4, Eutelsat’s new satellite will double resources at the
36 degrees East location. Through a configuration of up to 70 transponders
connected to five high-performance fixed and steerable beams, it will provide
coverage of Russia and sub-Saharan Africa for digital broadcasting services
including pay-TV, and boost resources for video and telecom markets in
Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. The satellite will also
enhance service provided since 2000 by SESAT 1, which will be redeployed at
an alternative location following W7′s entry into service at 36 degrees East
and transfer of traffic.

    W7 characteristics:
    Prime contractor - Thales Alenia Space
    Platform: Spacebus 4000 C4
    Launch mass: 5.6 tonnes
    Solar array power: 15.8 kW
    Payload power: 13.2 kW
    Operational lifetime: 15 years

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is
the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 27
satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well
as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the
Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s three leading satellite operators in
terms of revenues. At 30 September 2009, Eutelsat’s satellites were
broadcasting 3,300 television channels and 1,100 radio stations. More than
1,000 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video neighbourhood at 13
degrees East which serves over 123 million cable and satellite homes in
Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group’s satellites also serve a
wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution
markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service
Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat’s
broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates services through
teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local communities,
government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the
Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ 615
commercial, technical and operational employees from 28 countries.

    www.eutelsat.com

    For further
    information

    Press contacts
    Vanessa O'Connor   Tel: + 33-1-53-98-38-88
                       voconnor@eutelsat.fr

    Frédérique Gautier Tel: + 33-1-53-98-38-88
                       fgautier@eutelsat.fr

    Investor relations
    Gilles Janvier     Tel: + 33-1-53-98-35-30
                       investors@eutelsat-communications.com

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications


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