Nilesat and Eutelsat expand MENA pact

Satellite operators Nilesat and Eutelsat have signed a new agreement to expand their partnership in the seven degrees West position.
Giuliano Berretta, chairman and CEO of Eutelsat communications.
Giuliano Berretta, chairman and CEO of Eutelsat communications.

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Satellite operators Nilesat and Eutelsat have signed a new partnership that will see the companies expand their existing partnership in the seven degrees West position.

Currently, the pair operate three satellites at this position, transmitting 450 channels to around 38 million homes in the MENA region. The ATLANTIC BIRD 4A platform will be deployed at the seven degrees West position later this month, which will boost Eutelsat’s bandwidth at this position by 30 percent, according to the company.

“Our shared aim is to provide the optimal response to customer demand as we jointly consolidate the leading role of the seven degrees West neighbourhood with the broadest array of regional and international channels,” said Giuliano Berretta, chairman and CEO of Eutelsat communications.
 
Eutelsat has been partnering with Nilesat at seven degrees West since July 2006 when its ATLANTIC BIRD 4 satellite was co-positioned with the Nilesat 101 and 102 satellites.
 
A reorganisation at the adjacent eight degrees West position will see Eutelsat add a further four transponders to the seven degrees West position in the near future, according to the company.

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