At this year’s ITU Asia in Hong Kong from December 2 to 7, Eutelsat will be presenting the latest information on W5, a powerful new communications satellite for the Asian market. Launched on November 21, the new satellite is scheduled to go into service at 70.5 degrees East by the end of 2002. W5 underscores Eutelsat’s objective to pursue geographic expansion with a particular focus on Asia. In addition to serving regional Asian markets, W5 will provide users with capacity to connect Europe and Asia through a unique Ku-band Widebeam satellite footprint.
Commenting on the deployment of this new satellite for Asia, Olivier Milliès-Lacroix, Eutelsat’s Director of Sales and Products Coordination, said: “At a time when the communications market is being liberalised in Asia, notably in India and China, our objective is to contribute to supporting exchanges between Europe and Asia for television broadcasts, Internet services, business networks and to play our part in regional rural communications in Asia with W5’s new cost-effective Ku-band solutions. “
From a key orbital position over the Indian Ocean, midway between the Atlantic and the Pacific, W5 is a unique satellite with powerful spotbeams and a high degree of flexibility. It will enable Eutelsat to support communications requirements to reach into Asia for its existing base of European customers, and to develop new commercial relationships with Asian users. For Asian broadcasters, the new satellite also opens the possibility for a seamless turnaround into Eutelsat’s European digital platforms that provide a gateway into 102 million satellite and cable homes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. In particular, W5 opens seamless access to Eutelsat’s HOT BIRDtm position at 13 degrees East, which has been ranked by industry consultant Euroconsult as the leading satellite television neighbourhood in the world in terms of number of channels broadcast. W5 also extends Eutelsat’s capacity for satellite newsgathering and programme exchanges between Asia and Europe.
In parallel to providing capacity for intercontinental connections between Europe and Asia, the high-power Ku-band Widebeam on W5 will support the introduction of cost-effective data and voice services into regional Asian markets. Through this new capacity, Eutelsat aims to offer solutions adapted to the development of rural zones in regions where the grid system for the ground network remains weak. This concerns notably telephony, emergency networks, PSTN complement, single pay-phone, multiple in-shop phones, village network with wired or wireless sub-networks, GSM station and Internet backbone access.
In addition to its new in-orbit resources across Asia, Eutelsat is committed to developing new value added services for telecommunications operators and ISPs within Asian markets. These services will be based on technologies already deployed in Europe that facilitate cost-effective and simple access to satellite capacity for a broad base of users such as local telecommunications operators, regional authorities and small to medium-sized enterprises.
Two Eutelsat solutions will be presented at ITU Asia:
-D-SAT, a service that enables uplinks via an independent station on a pay-per-use basis with speeds ranging from a few Kbps (rural telephony) to multiple Mbps (Internet access and Telemedicine). Eutelsat’s suite of D-SAT services was designed for ad-hoc interconnections between remote sites without having to pass through a central hub, giving users exceptional levels of flexibility and cost-effectiveness in network management and billing. D-SAT networks have already been established in Europe for applications that include videoconferencing, distance-learning, telemedicine and maritime communications.
- OPENSKY™, a broadband Internet technology which enables DVB/IP platforms to roll out a new generation of turnkey IP services, by using DVB/IP technology in combination with advanced compression techniques, coding, routing, and subscriber management. These services include content delivery, Virtual Private Networks, file transfer and Internet access for consumers and entreprises. One of the key applications behind OPENSKY™ is cost-effective hybrid broadband Internet access for the general public. OPENSKY™ allows Internet users with a modem-based connection to surf the Internet and download content at very high speed directly from the satellite. It also gives users access to multimedia distribution portals which offer international channels, thematic contents, music and video on-demand, on free-to-air or encrypted mode.
Additional information on W5:
W5 is designed for delivering a full range of digital services: video distribution and contribution links, occasional-use video, Satellite News Gathering (SNG), as well as Internet backbone connections, corporate networks and rural telephony. Through a new bundled turnaround onto Eutelsat's Digital Platforms on its HOT BIRDtm; broadcasting satellites that reach an estimated 96 million cable and satellite homes, Eutelsat will also be able to offer Asian broadcasters seamless connectivity directly into Europe.
The satellite is configured with one fixed Widebeam covering western Europe, central Asia and the Indian peninsula and two steerable spotbeams. The steerable spotbeams can cover north-east Asia including the whole of China and Mongolia as far as Korea and southern Japan, and south-east Asia as far as northern parts of Australia.
Prime contractor Alcatel Space
Platform Spacebus 3000 B2
Mass at launch 3170 Kg
Lifetime Minimum 12 years
Launcher Delta IV
Orbital position 70.5° East
Coverage 1 Ku band Widebeam
2 Ku-band Spotbeams
Payload 24 transponders (72 MHz bandwidth)
Downlink frequencies 10.95-11.70 GHz, 12.50-12.75 GHz.
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 BIRDtm; orbital position at 13 degrees East and other orbital positions, Eutelsat transmits more than 1200 television and 600 radio stations reaching an overall audience of more than 100 million cable and satellite homes.
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