Eutelsat opens new MENA orbital slot

France-based firm commissions new satellite for 2014.
Eutelsat 3B will launch in 2014.
Eutelsat 3B will launch in 2014.

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Eutelsat has opened a new orbital slot at 3° East, which it hopes will increase its footprint in the Middle East and Africa. The France-based firm has also commissioned Astrium to build a tri-band satellite, named Eutelsat 3B, for launch in 2014.

The new satellite will boost Eutelsat's reach in other emerging markets, such as Central Asia and South America, by adding up to 51 Ku-, C and Ka-band transponders connected to fixed and steerable antennas.

"Ku- and C-band capacity will further consolidate Eutelsat's response to broadcast and data markets that represent the two most dynamic applications in the Fixed Satellite Services sector," read a company statement.

"High throughput beams in the Ka-band, that will be individually steerable to regional and national markets and operated with scalable allocation of power and spectrum, will in addition support innovative applications in bandwidth-demanding markets."

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