Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Eutelsat Focuses Four Satellites on 2010 FIFA World Cup

Eutelsat Communications has four satellites ready for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Eutelsat's W2A, W3A, W4 and W7 satellites will provide high-power capacity over Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will reinforce its existing permanent capacity on Eutelsat satellites with two extra 72 MHz transponders booked on the W2A satellite. This satellite will enable the games, summary reports and highlights of the championship to be broadcast live from the EBU's international broadcast centre, located for the event in Soweto, to its headquarters in Geneva. Images will then be delivered by the EBU to its 75 broadcast members and other clients in extended Europe, using W2A for Europe and W3A for Africa and the Middle East.

Eutelsat also said that in addition to carrying live broadcasts of matches by rights holders, it will provide customers operating in South Africa with satellite links so that journalists working in the field can be directly connected to studios in their respective countries. Clients including GlobeCast, APTN, Arqiva, Telenor and TVI, who all already lease permanent capacity on Eutelsat, will reinforce their resources on W2A, W7 and W3A for these transmissions.