Paris 4 January 2006
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Telekom Srbija today announced the
signature of a contract for the lease of capacity on the HOT BIRD™ 7A broadcast satellite,
which is scheduled for launch on 21 February 2006. The contract concerns one HOT BIRD™
7A transponder for an initial period of three years, extendable to five.
Telekom Srbija, Serbia’s leading telecommunications operator, will use the capacity to
develop a new offer of digital broadcasting services via a digital platform which will be
operational for HOT BIRD™ 7A’s entry into commercial service. It will support the
development of domestic digital broadcasting in Serbia and Montenegro, while the broad
reach of Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ neighbourhood will also enable reception of channels
throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, thereby providing a connection for the
region’s expatriate population. Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ neighbourhood reaches a measured
audience of more than 110 million homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, of
which 45 million are satellite homes.
Commenting on the contract’s signature, Drasko Petrovic, Chairman of Telekom Srbija, said:
“The introduction of our digital broadcast platform – the first in Serbia – is an important step
for the entire audiovisual landscape of our country. By employing the most recent digital
technology, we have the best means of supporting the television and radio programmes of
Serbia and Montenegro in their desire to reach all of our people who live in Europe and the
Mediterranean countries. Maintaining the link between our homeland and the expatriate
community is an extremely important task, which we can fulfil by making our domestic
television and radio news programmes accessible in our own territory and in the world.”
Giuliano Berretta, Eutelsat CEO, said: “We are particularly pleased to work with Telekom
Srbija in launching the country’s first digital broadcast services. The agreement shows the
true dynamics of the remarkable digital age in central and eastern Europe and the key role of
our HOT BIRD™ neighbourhood in enabling these countries to achieve coverage of their
national territories and develop reach across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.”
About HOT BIRD™ 7A
Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 7A broadcast satellite will be located after launch in geostationary
orbit at 13 degrees East, the company’s prime neighbourhood for television and radio
broadcasting to cable and satellite homes. To be launched by Arianespace, the satellite is
built by Alcatel Space and its mass at launch is approximately 4 tonnes. Equipped with 38
Ku-band transponders, it will replace existing capacity at 13 degrees East and, together with
the HOT BIRD™ 8 satellite due for launch in the first half of 2006, will provide in-orbit
redundancy and sparing at the HOT BIRD™ neighbourhood, which today hosts 850
television channels and 550 radio stations.
About Eutelsat Communications
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding
company of Eutelsat S.A. The Group is a leading satellite operator with capacity
commercialised on 22 satellites providing coverage over the entire European continent, as
well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas. The
Group is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. Its satellites
are used for broadcasting over 1,700 TV and 860 radio stations to nearly 120 million cable
and satellite homes. The Group also provides TV contribution services, corporate networks,
mobile positioning and communications, Internet backbone connectivity and broadband
access for terrestrial, maritime and inflight applications. Eutelsat Communications is
headquartered in Paris, and the Group’s workforce comprises over 450 commercial,
technical and operational employees from 25 countries.