Thursday, October 6, 2011

Eutelsat's W3c Satellite Successfully Launched from China

Eutelsat's new W3C satellite was successfully launched by a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China.

Built for Eutelsat by Thales Alenia Space, W3C will replace the EUROBIRD 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites at 16degree(s) East. The satellite has 56 transponders, (53 Ku and three Ka). It will deliver 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 news gathering.

  • 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.


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