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Eutelsat at CabSat Dubai: New Space for Vibrant Broadcast and Broadband Markets

March 11, 2013

DUBAI, UAE, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Dubai World Trade Centre, Hall 1 – stand E1-10

Eutelsat highlights:

        - Satellite TV gathering pace at MENA's most popular video neighbourhood at
          7degree(s)/8degree(s) West
        - 7/8degree(s) West breaks the barrier of 1,000 channels. 50 already in HDTV
        - Two newly launched Eutelsat satellites with first-class connectivity between
          the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa
        - Four additional satellites to launch before end 2015 with superior reach of
          the Middle East and Africa
        - KA-SAT unlocking new potential of its powerful all Ka-band platform for
          enterprises and the aeronautical market

With two thirds of its 30 satellites located between 8degree(s) West and 36degree(s)
East, Eutelsat operates one of the most flexible and secure satellite systems to serve
dynamic and enterprising digital markets in the Middle East and Africa.

At the annual CabSat Dubai exhibition and conference that assembles key players from
broadcast, digital media and satellite sectors, Eutelsat will showcase its newest
resources and solutions to support customers, broadcasters, service providers, telecom
operators and government agencies as they grow their business across the region.

The 7/8 West video neighbourhood breaks the barrier of 1,000 channels. 50 in HDTV
(+ 28% over 12 months)

In this expanding satellite TV universe, the most popular video neighbourhoods in the
MENA region have consolidated their positions as key points of reference for TV homes
across the region:

        - The 7degree(s)/8degree(s) West neighbourhood, serving major broadcasters,
          has further consolidated its popularity, crossing the milestone of 1,000 channels.
          Over 50 TV channels are already in High Definition. To respond to the increasing
          consumer interest in the 7degree(s)/8degree(s) West neighbourhood and to partner the
          acceleration of HDTV, Eutelsat will redeploy an existing high-power Ku-band satellite
          to 8degree(s) West by end 2013. This will expand resources in advance of the launch by
          end 2015 of EUTELSAT 8 West B, Eutelsat's most advanced satellite, embarking new
          functionalities to take performance and signal protection to new levels.
        - Eutelsat's high-performance HOT BIRD satellites, home to the first Arabic
          private satellite TV channel in 1991, also continue to benefit from this dynamic with
          a strong line-up of channels in Arabic. Over 100 of the 1,100 channels broadcasting
          from the HOT BIRD satellites are in Arabic.

The most flexible and secure satellite system over Middle East and North Africa, with
20 satellites in operation

With 20 of its satellites connecting the Middle East and North Africa to the rest of
the world, Eutelsat is uniquely placed to deliver exceptional levels of commercial
flexibility across diverse markets ranging from broadcasting, telecoms, oil and gas to
government communications.

This unique portfolio of resources includes C-band capacity connected to powerful
continental footprints, and Ku-band capacity connected to high-power regional spotbeams
optimised for broadcasting as well as for intercontinental connectivity. In the emerging
Ka-band market, the powerful KA-SAT, designed for broadband services, offers innovative
resources over North Africa and the Emirates.

EUTELSAT 70B and 21B, Eutelsat’s two new innovative and flexible satellites will be
highlighted in Dubai. Both are designed to provide ISPs, telecom and GSM operators, video
companies and government service providers with regional coverage and connectivity between
the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and as far as Australia.

        - Equipped with 40 transponders, EUTELSAT 21B has increased resources at the
          established 21degree(s) East position by 30% and opened a new service area over
          North-West Africa combined with interconnectivity with Europe, the Middle East and
          Central Asia.
        - Unique of its kind, EUTELSAT 70B has been specially designed to optimise
          resources from a single orbital slot at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, Asia and
          Australia. Four powerful regional beams connected to 48 Ku-band transponders are
          located on a single platform, allowing customers to benefit from regional coverage or
          to interconnect continents. EUTELSAT 70B has more than doubled capacity at
          70.5degree(s) East for data and government services, broadband access, GSM backhauling
          and professional video exchanges.

Four out of seven Eutelsat satellites to launch over the next three years to boost
resources for Middle East and North Africa

Eutelsat’s long-term roadmap is clear: to continue to invest in order to renew and
increase capacity as well as raise security so customer can boost their business and open
new paths of expansion. Within the next three years, four out of seven of new Eutelsat
satellites will take resources for the Middle East and Africa to a new level. This
includes in particular the EUTELSAT 3B satellite, to be launched in early 2014, which will
strengthen and enhance coverage over MENA for data and professional video services in the
Ku-band as well as bring first class C-band capacity with extensive reach over Europe,
MENA, Africa and most of South America.

                            Estimated launch
        Satellite           (calendar )              Frequency band
        EUTELSAT 3D         Q2 2013                  Ku
        EUTELSAT 25B*       Q3 2013                  Ku / Ka
        EUTELSAT 3B         H1 2014                  Ku / Ka / C
        EUTELSAT 8 West B   H1 2015                  Ku / C

* Partnership satellite with Qatar Satellite Company.

KA-SAT to unlock new potential of its powerful all Ka-band platform for enterprises
and the aeronautical market

The KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite is changing the paradigm for satellite broadband
by driving down the per megabit cost of connectivity. At CabSat Dubai, Eutelsat will
continue to unlock the potential of this powerful all Ka-band platform with new products
for professional markets.

This will include a new aeronautical mobile service called Eutelsat Air Access,
designed to accelerate the deployment of passenger in-flight connectivity by commercial
airlines operating within the extensive coverage of KA-SAT, with speeds up to 100 Mbps per
airline. Eutelsat will also present a new IP VPN access, back-up and off-load
security-enhanced solution, developed with OneAccess to deliver high-speed satellite
connectivity to businesses with up to 20 Mbps downlink and 6 Mbps uplink.

Where to meet us at CabSat Dubai

        - Eutelsat Stand: Hall 1 - E1-10

GVF Satellite MENA Summit – Meeting Room Hatta G&H (above Exhibition Hall 2)

        - March 13 - 1pm - 2.15pm : Conference Global & Regional Satellite Operators
          and High-Capacity/HighThroughput Satellites, with Olivier Anstett, Deputy Director,
          Multimedia and Value Added Services Department, Eutelsat

About Eutelsat Communications (http://www.eutelsat.com
[http://www.eutelsat.com/home/index.html ])

Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity
commercialised on 30 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia,
significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext
Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. As
of 31 December 2012 Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting almost 4,500 television
channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and
Africa. The Group’s satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution,
corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris,
Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and operational
professionals from 30 countries.

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications

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