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EUTELSAT, one of the world's leading satellite operators, is to exhibit at Mediacast 2001. Its presence at this year’s show (Stand T20) coincides with the commercial availability of the EUROBIRD satellite that was launched into space on March 8th. EUROBIRD will make an important contribution in the UK for Direct to Home (DTH) consumer entertainment services. EUTELSAT has a current fleet of 18 satellites with extra capacity on three more. Two more EUTELSAT satellites are due for launch later this year.

EUROBIRD will make an important contribution to enriching the offer of digital television channels, enhanced and interactive services that are already received by almost five million 45cm-satellite dishes in the UK and Ireland. With its vibrant digital market, the UK is a key market for EUTELSAT and the launch of EUROBIRD ensures that it has a significant market presence. EUROBIRD has already been selected by leading broadcasters such as BskyB. In addition, Globecast has put together a multiplex that includes Euronews, Extreme Sports, Online Classics and a variety of other channels.


EUTELSAT is currently expanding its potential in the broadband arena through its new IP/DVB network infrastructure (OPEN SKY). It has also embarked on a strategy of investment and alliances with companies such as TV Files.

At Mediacast EUTELSAT will also be demonstrating its pilot satellite network based on the international open standard DVB-RCS (Return Channel over Satellite). Recently approved by the DVB organisation, the DVB-RCS standard establishes an open specification for a new generation of versatile and low-cost broadband satellite terminals. EUTELSAT has formed a strategic partnership with wireless telecommunications equipment and services specialist Nera. Together the two companies are developing low-cost two-way satellite terminals using this standard. The partnership will ensure the availability of DVB-RCS equipment at both Ku and Ka band and support the foothold of the DVB-RCS standard.

EUTELSAT's Director of Multimedia Programme, Arduino Patacchini, said: "EUTELSAT is delighted to be exhibiting at this year's Mediacast, which is rapidly becoming a leading international forum for media convergence professionals. With the launch of EUROBIRD and the impact that it will have on the satellite landscape, we are demonstrating our commitment to providing value services in the UK and Ireland.

"In addition, our contribution to the broadband arena spells exciting times for the provision of high speed content delivery via satellite. The DVB-RCS terminals that we are developing with Nera will be a powerful tool for corporate, institutional and SOHO users. They will be an attractive platform for delivery of broadband access and multimedia services to the residential market - complementary to DSL and cable TV network solutions. "

EUTELSAT is also to exhibit its recently launched VSAT DAMA system.

D-SAT 2000 offer extremely attractive end-to-end retail prices for a broad range of voice, data, Internet and multimedia applications. Ideal for communications in and to regions that do not have a modern, reliable telecommunications infrastructure, DSAT 2000 is also attractive to companies seeking a faster and more cost-efficient telecommunications service, comparable to terrestrially connected offices.

The D-SAT 2000 multi-transponder transmission capacity offers users access to one of the most flexible methods of integrating company-wide business communication networks together with all the benefits of satellite communication.

Dynamically allocated bandwidth allows end-users to determine their use and limit their costs. There is no hefty space-segment investment, but there is high transmission capacity and real-time interactivity on call. All that is needed is a single unit and a standard antenna and transceiver for multiple services and applications (video, data, voice, fax and multimedia) all tied into one. EUTELSAT's integrated software management system simplifies monitoring and control without adding personnel or overhead costs.

About EUTELSAT

As one of the world’s leading satellite operators, Paris-based EUTELSAT enables TV and radio broadcasters, Internet service providers, telecommunications companies and corporations to transmit and receive content throughout Europe and Africa, large parts of Asia and the Americas. EUTELSAT was the first operator in Europe to deliver Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) consumer television and today broadcasts 850 channels to over 84 million satellite and cable homes, making it one of the largest TV offers to one of the largest audiences in the world. Fifty-six per cent of EUTELSAT satellite capacity is used for television broadcasting and just over 40 per cent for services that include high-speed Internet access and Internet backbone connections. EUTELSAT turnover for 2000 was €685 million, representing a 46 per cent increase over 1999.
For more information visit http://www.eutelsat.com


For more information please contact:

Gail Sheridan or Kelly Grant on 020 7580 0222

kellyg@keycommunications.co.uk


gails@keycommunications.co.uk

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