April 3, 2014 11:57 UTC

Arab States Broadcasting Union Picks EUTELSAT 21B Satellite as Broadcast Exchange Gateway between North Africa, Middle East and Europe

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regulatory News:

Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) announces that the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has concluded a multi-year contract for Ku-band capacity on the EUTELSAT 21B satellite that provides exceptional reach of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

The capacity will be used for broadcast content exchanges between ASBU member broadcasters in a region extending from Morocco to Bahrain and from the Mediterranean to Yemen, Sudan and Mauritania and also extending their footprint to Europe. Uplinks will typically be carried out using cost-effective antennas based on a transmission plan enabling three Standard Digital (SD) carriers to be transmitted in DVB S2 or one HD and two SD carriers.

Set up in 1969, ASBU is one of the most established Arab institutions with over 30 active broadcaster members and 25 associate members. It provides a key platform for radio and television exchanges of news, programming and sports across the Arab world and is also actively supporting the industry-wide Carrier ID initiative to mitigate signal interference.

Salaheddine Maaoui Director General ASBU said: “EUTELSAT 21B with its best coverage both in elevation and performance provides ASBU as a gateway between North Africa, Middle East and Europe to our programe exchange centre in Algiers for distribution.“

Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “The scale and diversity of our in-orbit resources enables us to align capacity and coverage to the precise requirements of customers. We are honoured to strike this new relationship with ASBU and that EUTELSAT 21B matches their expectations to provide the highest signal quality to their members for immediate coverage of events.”

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Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 36 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.
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Source: Eutelsat Communications