Capacity on Four Eutelsat Satellites Mobilised for Exceptional Media Coverage of British Royal Wedding

April 27, 2011

PARIS, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Significant capacity on
four Eutelsat satellites has been booked by UK and international media
organisations for live coverage of the Royal Wedding on April 29 between

Prince William and Kate Middleton. A total of 13,000 MHz hours, equivalent to
15 transponders over 24 hours, have been reserved on Eutelsat’s ATLANTIC
BIRD(TM) 1, 2 and 3 satellites as well as on W3A to deliver live images and
commentary from up to 48 specially-built studios and 140 Outside Broadcasting
vans. The signals will be transmitted direct to channels worldwide, including
in the UK, across Europe and the Middle East, in the USA, China, Africa,
Mexico and Brazil. This bandwidth will contribute to delivering coverage of
the event to an expected global audience of two billion viewers.

The European Broadcasting Union will deploy its permanent capacity on
Eutelsat to cover the event. APTN, Arqiva, ENEX, GlobeCast and Telenor
Satellite Broadcasting, who are all longstanding clients of Eutelsat for
special events, have all boosted their occasional-use resources with
supplemental bandwidth.

“This latest media event of global interest is the largest of the year so
far to draw on our occasional-use resources and further underscores the
involvement of Eutelsat’s satellites in the complete broadcasting chain,”
commented Andrew Wallace, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial Officer. “In addition
to delivering over 3,700 channels to more than 200 million satellite and
cable homes across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Eutelsat’s satellites
are mobilised on a daily basis for direct video contribution of sports
events, concerts, political summits and breaking news to television studios
around the world.”

Eutelsat’s booking office works with the world’s leading media outlets to
coordinate reservation of capacity for periods starting from 10 minutes for
transmissions in multiple formats, including HD, SD and 3D.

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 2010, Eutelsat’s satellites were
broadcasting more than 3,700 television channels to over 200 million cable
and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and 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
access to high speed Internet 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 683 commercial, technical and
operational employees from 28 countries.


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