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January 20th, 2017

All Powered Up and Rarin' To Go, EUTELSAT 117 West B Enters Full Service

Now ready to serve customers across LATAM, the EUTELSAT 117 West B satellite is fully "charged" and has now entered full, commercial service, according to Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL).

Artistic rendition of the EUTELSAT 117 West B satellite.

Image is courtesy of SSL.

Commercialized by the Eutelsat Americas affiliate, EUTELSAT 117 West B is the second all-electric satellite in Eutelsat’s fleet and is equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) which are connected to four beams to provide coverage of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, the Andean region and the Southern Cone. Eutelsat’s new satellite complements EUTELSAT 117 West A, launched in 2013, to create a multi-satellite neighborhood at 117 degrees West, which is already used by Millicom’s Tigo Star, Stargroup and Televisa. The satellite will also provide key services to telecom operators and government service providers in Latin America.

EUTELSAT 117 West B also features a new-generation WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) payload operated by Raytheon as prime contractor for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which will go live in 2018. Developed for the civil aviation community, the WAAS payload is designed to receive signals from ground stations that verify signal accuracy and rebroadcast the information to GPS users, including airline cockpits, the most demanding of civil GPS applications. GPS signal accuracy will be increased from 10 to 1-2 meters, thereby enhancing aviation safety for users in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the continental United States including Alaska.

The WAAS payload is the first to be hosted on an all-electric satellite and is also the third hosted payload on a Eutelsat satellite, following the EDRS-A data relay node on EUTELSAT 9B for ESA and Airbus Defence and Space and the S-band payload on EUTELSAT 10A for Echostar.