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Eutelsat’s W3c Satellite Successfully Launched and on its Way to 16 Degrees East

October 7, 2011

PARIS, October 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced the
successful launch of its W3C satellite by a Long March 3B rocket from the
Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China. Partial deployment of the
satellite’s solar array was carried out within three hours of separation and
will be followed over the coming ten days by manoeuvres that include
circularising W3C’s orbit and deploying antennas.

Speaking after the launch, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, declared “Our
sincere appreciationto Great Wall Industry Corporation for the excellent
performance of this launch, and to Thales Alenia Space for their dedication
to this sophisticated and challenging programme. This is a new milestone,
achieved only 14 days after the launch of ourATLANTIC BIRD(TM) 7 satellite.
With these two new satellites scheduled to enter service during the second
quarter of our financial year, Eutelsat will be equipped with newresources
to meet strong client demand across dynamic markets in Central Europe,
Africa andIndian Ocean islands, strengthening our confidence to meet our
objectives for the year.”

Built for Eutelsat by Thales Alenia Space, W3C will replace the
EUROBIRD(TM) 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites at 16degree(s) East. Through its
configuration of 56 transponders, (53 Ku and three Ka), it will address
markets for broadcasting and telecom/data services via four footprints:

        - A high-power footprint optimised for Direct-to-Home
          broadcasting in Central Europe will anchor the 16degree(s) East
          neighbourhood as a point of reference for satellite TV in the region,
          serving over 11 million households.
        - High-power coverage over Indian Ocean islands will support the
          expansion of pay-TV and accelerate digital switchover in Mauritius and
          Reunion Island.
        - A wide footprint serving Europe, North Africa and the Middle
          East will serve markets for data networks and newsgathering.
        - A new footprint for 16degree(s) East, with Ku coverage
          stretching from Senegal to Madagascar and enabling connectivity with
          Europe in Ka-band, will respond to high-growth applications that include
          GSM backhaul and Internet access for enterprises and public agencies.

W3C is based on the Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000 platform, with a
scheduled in-orbit lifetime exceeding 15 years. Eutelsat’s in-orbit
expansion programme will continue with the launch of six additional
satellites from 2012 to 2014.

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. As of 30 June 2011, Eutelsat’s satellites were
broadcasting more than 3,800 television channels. More than 1,100 channels
are broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East
alone 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 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 just over 700 commercial, technical and operational professionals
from 30 countries.


For further information: Press: Vanessa O’Connor, Tel. :
+33-1-53-98-37-91, voconnor@eutelsat.fr, Frederique Gautier , Tel. :
+33-1-53-98-37-91, fgautier@eutelsat.fr, Analysts and Investors, Lisa
Finas, Tel. : +33-1-53-98-35-30, investors@eutelsat-communications.com,
Leonard Wapler, Tel. : +33-1-53-98-31-07,

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications

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