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|Type||Public (Euronext: ETL)|
|Key people||Michel de Rosen (CEO)|
Eutelsat S.A. is a French-based satellite provider. Providing coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, it is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues.
Eutelsat's satellites are used for broadcasting 5,700 television, of which 580 are in HD, and 1100 radio stations to over 250 million cable and satellite homes. They also serve requirements for TV contribution services, corporate networks, mobile communications, Internet backbone connectivity and broadband access for terrestrial, maritime and in-flight applications. Eutelsat is headquartered in Paris. Eutelsat Communications Chairman and Chief executive officer is Michel de Rosen.
Its main craft have traditionally operated from four positions, each separated by three degrees of the Clarke belt - 7, 10, 13 and 16°E; although more positions are now operated.
The European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Eutelsat) was originally set up in 1977 as an intergovernmental organisation (IGO) to develop and operate a satellite-based telecommunications infrastructure for Europe. It started operations with the launch of its first satellite in 1983.
Initially established to address satellite communications demand in Western Europe, Eutelsat rapidly developed its infrastructure to expand coverage to additional markets, such as Central and Eastern Europe in 1989, and the Middle East, the African continent, and large parts of Asia and the Americas from the 1990s.
Eutelsat was the first satellite operator in Europe to broadcast television channels direct-to-home. It developed its premium neighbourhood of five Hot Bird satellites in the mid-1990s to offer capacity that would be able to attract hundreds of channels to the same orbital location, appealing to widespread audiences for consumer satellite TV.
With the general liberalisation of the telecommunications sector in Europe, the IGO’s operations and activities were transferred to a private company called Eutelsat S.A. in July 2001.
In April 2005, the principal shareholders of Eutelsat S.A. grouped their investment in a new entity (Eutelsat Communications), which is now the holding company of the Group owning 95.2% of Eutelsat S.A. on October 6, 2005. Currently it owns 96.0% of Eutelsat S.A. 
On January 2 Eutelsat Communications announced closure of the transaction to acquire 100% of the share capital of Satélites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. (“Satmex”) having obtained all required government and regulatory approvals. As previously communicated, the transaction amounts to 831 million$. Based in Mexico, Satmex operates three satellites at contiguous positions, 113° West (Satmex 6), 114.9° West (Satmex 5) and 116.8° West (Satmex 8) that cover 90% of the population of the Americas.
|Video Applications||Professional Data Networks||Broadband Services|
|Direct broadcasting of TV and radio||Private networks||IP backbone connectivity|
|Cable distribution||Data broadcasting||Virtual Private Networks|
|Satellite newsgathering||Business TV, videoconferencing||Broadband Internet access on ground, at sea, in-flight|
|Programme exchanges||Mobile services (messaging,
|Multicasting and IP content distribution|
Eutelsat commercializes capacity on 37 satellites located in geosynchronous orbit between 116 degrees West and 172 degrees East.
On 1 March 2012, Eutelsat changed the names of its satellites. The group's satellites mostly take the Eutelsat name, with the relevant figure for their orbital position and a letter indicating their order of arrival at that position.
On 21 May 2014, Eutelsat Americas (formerly Satmex) aligned its satellite names with the Eutelsat brand.
|Satellite||COSPAR id||Location||Regions served||Launch||Comments|
|Eutelsat 3B||3°E||Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Brazil||2014/05/26||Entered service in July|
|Eutelsat 7A||2004-008A||7°E||Europe, Middle East, Africa||2004/03/16||Formerly named Eutelsat W3A until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 7B||7°E||Europe, Middle East, Africa||2013/05/14|
|Eutelsat 9A ||2006-007B||9°E||Europe, North Africa, Middle East||2006/03/11||Formerly named Eurobird 9A until March 2012; former Hot Bird 7A satellite|
|Eutelsat KA-SAT ||2010-069A||9°E||Europe||2010/12/26|
|Eutelsat 10A||2009-016A||10°E||Europe, Africa, Middle East||2009/04/03||Formerly named Eutelsat W2A until March 2012; S-band payload not yet entered into service due to an anomaly. Solaris Mobile filed the insurance claim and should be able to offer some, but not all of the services it was planning to offer.|
|Eutelsat Hot Bird 13B ||2001-011A||13°E||Europe, North Africa, Middle East||2006/08/05||Formerly named Hot Bird 8 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat Hot Bird 13C||2008-065D||13°E||Europe, Africa, Middle East||2008/12/20||Formerly named Hot Bird 9 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat Hot Bird 13D||2009-008B||13°E||Europe, South-West Asia||2009/02/12||Formerly Hot Bird 10 and Atlantic Bird 4A |
|Eutelsat 16A||2011-057A||16°E||Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indian Ocean Islands||2011/10/07||Formerly named Eutelsat W3C until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 16B||1998-013A||16°E||Europe, Middle East||1998/02/27||Formerly named Eurobird 16 until March 2012; former Atlantic Bird 4 and Hot Bird 4 satellite; operating in inclined orbit|
|Eutelsat 16C||2000-019A||16°E||Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Asia||2000/04/18||Formerly named SESAT 1 until March 2012; operating in inclined orbit|
|Eutelsat 21B||2012-062B||21.5°E||Europe, Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, Central Asia||2012/11/10||Fully operational since 2012-12-19.|
|Eutelsat 25B||25.5°E||North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia||2013|
|Eutelsat 28A ||2001-011A||28.5°E||Europe||2001/03/08||Formerly named Eurobird 1 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 31A||2003-043A||31°E||Europe||2003/09/27||Formerly named Eurobird and Eutelsat 33A|
|Eutelsat 33B||2002-051A||33°E||Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia||2002/11/20||Formerly named Eutelsat W5 until March 2012; lost one of two solar panels June 16, 2008 Now at 25E and called Eutelsat 25C|
|Eutelsat 36A||2000-028A||36°E||Africa, Russia||2000/05/24||Formerly named Eutelsat W4 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 36B||2009-065A||36°E||Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia||2009/11/24||Formerly named Eutelsat W7 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 48A||1996-067A||48°E||Central Europe, Middle East, Central Asia||1996/11/21||Formerly named Eutelsat W48 until March 2012; former Hot Bird 2 and Eurobird 9 satellite; operating in inclined orbit|
|Eutelsat 48C||1999-018A||48°E||Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia||1999/04/12||Formerly named Eutelsat W6 until March 2012, now at 48E and called Eutelsat 48C|
|Eutelsat 48D||2008-065B||48°E||Afghanistan, Central Asia||2008/12/20||Co-branded AFGHANSAT 1. Formerly named Eutelsat 28B until January 2014, Eutelsat 48B until August 2012, W2M until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 70B||2012-069A||70.5°E||Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, Australia||2012/12/03|
|Eutelsat 172A||2005-052A||172°E||Asia-Pacific||2005/12/29||Formerly the GE-23 satellite|
|Eutelsat 5 West A||2002-035A||5°W||Europe, Americas, Africa||2002/07/05||Formerly named Atlantic Bird 3 until March 2012, was also called Stellat 5|
|Eutelsat 7 West A||2011-051A||7°W||Middle East, North Africa||2011/09/24||Formerly named Atlantic Bird 7 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 8 West A||2001-042A||8°W||Europe, Middle East, Americas||2001/09/25||Formerly named Atlantic Bird 2 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 8 West C ||2002-038A||8°W||Europe, North Africa, Middle East||2002/08/21||Formerly named Hot Bird 6 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 8 West D||2007-021A||8°W||Europe, North Africa||2007/06/01||Formerly Sinosat 3 and ChinaSat 5C, and Eutelsat 3A. It is now operating in inclined orbit.|
|Eutelsat 12 West A||2002-040A||12.5°W||Europe, Middle East, Americas||2002/08/28||Formerly named Atlantic Bird 1 until March 2012|
|Eutelsat 115 West A||114.8°W||Americas||1998||Formerly Satmex 5 until May 2014|
|Eutelsat 113 West A||113°W||Americas||2006||Formerly Satmex 6 until May 2014|
|Eutelsat 117 West A||116.8°W||Americas||2013||Formerly Satmex 8 until May 2014|
Planned future satellites
|Eutelsat 8 West B||8°W||Africa, Middle East||2015|
|Eutelsat 115 West B||114.9°W||Americas||2015||Ordered by Satmex as Satmex 7|
|Eutelsat 117 West B||116.8°W||Americas||2015||Ordered by Satmex as Satmex 9|
|Eutelsat 36C||36°E||Russia, Africa||2015|
|Eutelsat 65 West A||65°W||Americas||2016|
|Express AT1||56°E||Europe, Asia||2014/03/16|
|Express AT2||140°E||Europe, Asia||2014/03/16|
|SESAT 2||15°W||Europe, Americas||1999/19/10|
|Telstar 12||53°E||Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Asia||2003/12/29|
|Satellite||COSPAR id||Primary position||Launched||Inclined||Retired||Lost||Comments|
|Hot Bird 1||13°E||1995||2006||2007||2012|
|Eutelsat W3B ||2010-056A||16°E||2010||N/A||2010||N/A|
|Eutelsat W75||1997-049A||4°E||1997||N/A||2011||N/A||Former Hot Bird 3 and Eurobird 4 satellite|
|Eurobird 4A||2000-052A||4°E||2000||N/A||2012||N/A||Former Eutelsat W1 satellite|
|Eutelsat 4B||1998-057A||4°E||1998/10/09||Formerly named Eurobird 2 until March 2012, now at 4E and called Eutelsat 4B|
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