Arianespace Scores Intelsat Launch Deal
Arianespace has signed a launch services contract with Intelsat that will send three of its satellites into orbit through 2017. The satellites will weigh more than six tons each at launch and will be placed into orbit by Arianespace’s Ariane 5 ECA heavy-lift rocket. The launches will take place from Europe’s Space Port in French Guiana. The three missions will include the launches of Intelsat’s high throughput EpicNG–class satellites, designed to address wireless and fixed telecommunications, enterprise, mobility, video and government applications that require broadband infrastructure.
JSC Global Contract Consulting and Eutelsat
Sign Capacity Lease for Satellite TV PlatformGeorgian media company JSC Global Contact Consulting has signed a multi-year lease with Eutelsat Communications for capacity on the Eutelsat 36B satellite. Using the widebeam footprint that provides coverage of Georgia, surrounding regions, and as far as Western Europe, JSC will launch a new satellite broadcasting platform called Global TV. JSC Global Contact Consulting plans to start satellite broadcasting imminently, with four FTA channels and progressively expanding to include both Georgian and international channels. Over the next two years, the company will install several thousand dishes across Georgia to accelerate access to the new platform. The dishes will be pointed to Eutelsat 36B located at 36 degrees east.
Eutelsat, GlobeCast Sign Deal with Dutch Broadcaster NOS for SNG Operations
GlobeCast and Eutelsat Communications have signed a multi-year agreement with Dutch broadcasting network NOS. Under the agreement, NOS will receive dedicated capacity on the Eutelsat 12 West A satellite to meet its requirements for satellite news gathering (SNG). The deal will allow NOS to pursue its goal of upgrading its SNG facilities and trucks to HD operations by the end of 2013. It will also increase the broadcasting resources mobilized by the company to cover highly active news events in the Netherlands.