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October 31st, 2013

Eutelsat Communications + Es'hailSat—Service Starts (Satellite

Artistic rendition of EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1, built for Eutelsat and Qatar Satellite Company (QSC) by SSL, will provide Direct-Broadcast Services (DBS) to expanding markets in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia regions.
Image courtesy of SSL.
[SatNews] Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Es'hailSat have announced that their jointly owned EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 satellite, a joint venture satellite, launched on August 29th, went into commercial service at 25.5 degrees East.

Traffic on Eutelsat's EUTELSAT 25C satellite at 25.5 degrees East was transferred onto Ku-band transponders commercialized by Eutelsat on the new satellite during the night of October 28th to 29th. This transfer has released EUTELSAT 25C for a new mission for Eutelsat at 33 degrees East, where the satellite will be copositioned next month with EUTELSAT 33A to bring additional capacity to this orbital location.

EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 brings increased capacity to 25.5 degrees East to serve broadcasters, businesses and public agencies operating in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. The new satellite operates in both Ku and Ka-bands.