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Paris, 26 November 2002

Eutelsat today confirmed that its HOT BIRD™ 7 broadcasting satellite is ready for launch by Arianespace in the night of November 28 to 29. Lift-off on board an Ariane 5 ECA rocket is scheduled in a launch window opening at 23.21 Paris time and closing at 00.04.

HOT BIRD™ 7, the seventh satellite to be commissioned by Eutelsat from Astrium, will join Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ neighbourhood of high-power broadcast satellites colocated at 13 degrees East. Providing full coverage of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, the HOT BIRD* satellites broadcast over 650 television and almost 500 radio channels to an estimated audience of 96 million satellite and cable homes. Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD* position is ranked by industry consultant Euroconsult as the leading satellite neighbourhood worldwide in terms of number of channels broadcast.

The launch of this new broadcast satellite comes two months after the entry into service at 13 degrees East of HOT BIRD™ 6, which boosted Eutelsat’s in-orbit resources on the HOT BIRD™ satellites to 102 transponders. HOT BIRD™ 7 will contribute to consolidating the leading position of Eutelsat’s prime neighbourhood for consumer entertainment by replacing HOT BIRD™ 3 and adding 20 transponders for in-orbit security.

Of HOT BIRD* 7’s 40 Ku band transponders, 20 will replace HOT BIRD™ 3 through a powerful Widebeam providing quality coverage of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Sparing capacity is provided through two spotbeams of 10 transponders each to ensure maximum flexibility.

A seamless transfer of all broadcasting clients to HOT BIRD™ 7 from HOT BIRD™ 3 is planned to take place in January 2003. As the frequency plan remains identical, the transfer will be wholly transparent. Once the switch is complete, HOT BIRD™ 3 will be relocated to another orbital position.

In November 2002, the number of television channels broadcast through Eutelsat’s satellites (principally the HOT BIRD satellites, EUROBIRD, W2, W3 and W4) is 1260 and the number of radio stations is 690. Total audience of Eutelsat’s satellites in cable and satellite TV homes stands at 102 million, of which 96 million from the HOT BIRD™ location.

HOT BIRD™ 7 Key facts

Supplier: ASTRIUM

Platform: EUROSTAR 2000 Plus

Launch mass: 3330 Kg

Life expectancy: Minimum 12 ans

Launcher: Ariane 5 ECA

Orbital position: 13° East

Coverage: 1 Widebeam Ku 2 Spotbeams

Payload : 40 transponders :

Downlink frequencies: Ku-band: 11.70 – 12.50 GHz

HOT BIRD™ Key Facts (November 2002)

Orbital Position: 13 degrees East

Coverage: Europe, North Africa, Middle East

Number of TV channels: 654 of which :

566 digital

22 analogue

66 interactive services

Free-to-air channels: 233

Radio stations: 493

Estimated audience: 96 million cable and satellite homes; 3.5 million hotel rooms

Downlink frequencies: Ku-band : 10.70 – 12.75 GHz

Ka-band: 19.70-20.20 GHz

Number of transponders

(excluding back-up transponders) 102 Ku-band, 4 Ka-band

About Eutelsat

Eutelsat S.A. is one of the world's leading satellite operators. The company provides coverage across four continents, encompassing Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, eastern North America, and South America. Eutelsat's satellite infrastructure gives it the flexibility to offer direct-to-home broadcasting, video distribution and contribution services, corporate network solutions and a portfolio of IP applications including broadband Internet access and Internet backbone connections. From its strategic HOT BIRD* orbital position at 13 degrees East and other orbital positions, Eutelsat transmits more than 1260 television and 690 radio stations reaching an overall audience of 100 million cable and satellite homes.

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