Intersputnik and Eutelsat announce long-term capacity agreement
January 15th, 2010

Intersputnik and Eutelsat Communications today announced the signing of a major contract for the long-term lease of 16 transponders at Eutelsat’s 36 degrees East video neighbourhood. The new agreement follows the entry into commercial service of Eutelsat’s W7 satellite, copositioned with W4, which has enabled Eutelsat to double resources at this flagship location for television broadcasting, including for Russian and Ukrainian markets.

The 16 transponders have been leased by Intersputnik for the entire in-orbit life of W7, progressively joining over the next two years the four transponders already leased by Intersputnik on Eutelsat’s W4 satellite.

Intersputnik will deploy the new capacity to support the rapid expansion of digital TV in Russia. It will in particular provide new resources for the Gazprom Media Group to boost the range of channels offered in its NTV Plus and Tricolor platforms. The transponders will also enable new satellite broadband access offers to be provided to homes beyond range of terrestrial broadband networks.

(Source: Eutelsat)