Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space acquires capacity on Eutelsat’s new W2A satellite

Le Bourget, 18 June 2009 - Airbus Defence and Space and Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced at the Paris Airshow the signature of a five-year contract for 36MHz of capacity on the new W2A satellite. Airbus Defence and Space Services will provide coverage for their existing and future customers across Africa.

Le Bourget, 18 June 2009 - Airbus Defence and Space and Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced at the Paris Airshow the signature of a five-year contract for 36MHz of capacity on the new W2A satellite. Airbus Defence and Space will provide coverage for their existing and future customers across Africa.

Eutelsat’s new W2A satellite entered commercial service in May 2009 and provides Ku-band capacity across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia and C-band capacity extending from South America across Africa and Europe and as far as the Indian sub-continent. Airbus Defence and Space, through its Toulouse-based subsidiary London Satellite Exchange plans to use its capacity to complement the commercial communication services it currently supplies to Africa. 
Use of the new capacity will be coordinated through Airbus Defence and Space’ teleport in Toulouse. The teleport, which was opened last year, provides customers with an additional means of satellite communication for telephony services, notably VPN (Virtual Private Network) secure networks.
Eric Béranger, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space said: “The capacity on Eutelsat’s new W2A satellite will enable Airbus Defence and Space to provide its customers with even more comprehensive coverage across Africa. This investment underlines Airbus Defence and Space’ commitment to continue to provide its customers with a one-stop-shop for all their satellite communication needs. Creating reliable and resilient communication networks is essential, as this infrastructure is vital in supporting the African entrepreneurs of the future.”
Olivier Milliès-Lacroix, Eutelsat Commercial Director responded: ”We look forward to expanding our close collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space through this new contract for C-band capacity serving Africa and are delighted that the power and coverage provided by W2A fits their exacting requirements
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.
AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118,000. 
Press contacts:
Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                         Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 778180
Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                Tel.: +33 (0)1 77 75 80 32
Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                       Tel.: +49 (0)89 607 33971
Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                     Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41
www.space-airbusds.com
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™ 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.
www.eutelsat.com
For further information
Press contacts:
Vanessa O’Connor      Tel: + 33 1 53 98 38 88      voconnor@eutelsat.fr
Frédérique Gautier      Tel: + 33 1 53 98 38 88      fgautier@eutelsat.fr
Investor relations:
Gilles Janvier                Tel: + 33 1 53 98 35 30     investors@eutelsat-communications.co

Eutelsat’s new W2A satellite entered commercial service in May 2009 and provides Ku-band capacity acrossEuropeNorth Africa, the Middle East and central Asia and C-band capacity extending from South Americaacross Africa and Europe and as far as the Indian sub-continent. Airbus Defence and Space, through its Toulouse-based subsidiary London Satellite Exchange plans to use its capacity to complement the commercial communication services it currently supplies to Africa

Use of the new capacity will be coordinated through Airbus Defence and Space’ teleport in Toulouse. The teleport, which was opened last year, provides customers with an additional means of satellite communication for telephony services, notably VPN (Virtual Private Network) secure networks. 

Eric Béranger, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space said: “The capacity on Eutelsat’s new W2A satellite will enableAirbus Defence and Space to provide its customers with even more comprehensive coverage across Africa. This investment underlines Airbus Defence and Space’ commitment to continue to provide its customers with a one-stop-shop for all their satellite communication needs. Creating reliable and resilient communication networks is essential, as this infrastructure is vital in supporting the African entrepreneurs of the future.” 

Olivier Milliès-Lacroix, Eutelsat Commercial Director responded: ”We look forward to expanding our close collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space through this new contract for C-band capacity serving Africa and are delighted that the power and coverage provided by W2A fits their exacting requirements

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118,000. 

 

Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                         Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 778180

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                Tel.: +33 (0)1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                       Tel.: +49 (0)89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                     Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41


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™ 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.

www.eutelsat.com

 

For further information

Press contacts:

Vanessa O’Connor      Tel: + 33 1 53 98 38 88      voconnor@eutelsat.fr

Frédérique Gautier      Tel: + 33 1 53 98 38 88      fgautier@eutelsat.fr

Investor relations:

Gilles Janvier                Tel: + 33 1 53 98 35 30     investors@eutelsat-communications.com

 

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