Eutelsat W2A Satellite in C and Ku-band Goes Live and Captures New Business at 10 Degrees East

May 19, 2009

PARIS, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Eutelsat Communications (Euronext
Paris: ETL) today announced the full entry into commercial service of the
Ku-band and C-band missions of the W2A satellite which was launched on April
. The high-capacity W2A satellite almost triples resources at Eutelsat’s 10
degrees East position, which is one of the most longstanding locations in
Europe and Africa for professional video, data and Internet services.

The transfer of services at 10 degrees East to W2A from Eutelsat’s W1
satellite was carried out successfully in the night of May 18 to 19. These
operations were coordinated by Eutelsat’s satellite control centre at its
Rambouillet teleport facilities, working in close collaboration with clients
to ensure a seamless transfer.

The capacity that entered into commercial service this morning enables
Eutelsat to provide full continuity of service for clients already operating
in Ku-band in extended Europe from 10 degrees East. It also brings Eutelsat
significant headroom for expansion for new customers and extends coverage
into new regions with high growth potential at a key orbital location.

With W2A’s entry into service Eutelsat has also introduced a new mission
comprising 10 C-band transponders. Centred over the African continent, the
C-band footprint takes in large parts of the Middle East and central Asia to
the East and stretches across to Latin America in the West. This capacity has
enabled Eutelsat to immediately initiate new multi-year contracts with
clients that notably include France Telecom for long-distance services
between Europe and Africa, and with LR Group which has contracted for three
72 MHz transponders for enterprise communications and for connecting fixed
and mobile telephony networks in Angola.

    Following this redeployment Eutelsat's W1 satellite will be repositioned
to 4 degrees East in early June where it will operate under the name

    W2A key figures
    Platform:                             Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000C4
    Height:                               7.5 m
    Length:                               3.8 m
    Width:                                2.6 m
    Width with solar panels deployed:     2 x 57 m2
    Mass at launch:                       5.9 tonnes
    Power at end-of-life:                 15.4 kW
    Orbital position:                     10degrees East
    Payload entered into service 19 may   Up to 46 Ku-band transponders 10
                                          C-band transponders

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 31 December 2008, Eutelsat’s satellites were
broadcasting 3,200 television channels and 1,100 radio stations. More than
1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video neighbourhood at 13
degrees East which serves over 120 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 591
commercial, technical and operational experts from 28 countries.


    For further information

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

    Investor relations
    Gilles Janvier      Tel: +33-1-53-98-35-30

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