Eutelsat announces to us that Hotbird1 will remain with 13E until September 2006 while waiting for the successful launching of the Hotbird8 satellite envisaged in July by a Proton rocket.

Hotbird4 which does not have any more any transponder used currently with 13E, will join very soon the position 7W in order to increase the capacity of service of the Nilesat operator who has 2 satellites with this position (Nilesat 101 and 102).
With this occasion, Hotbird4 should be famous Nilesat 103.