Eutelsat 3B fired up to increase capacity in Africa, Middle East

Eutelsat Communications’s Eutelsat 3B satellite is now fully fired up and providing commercial services at 3° East and has been designed to increase and diversify capacity and reach of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia and Brazil.

The commercial satellite can assemble Ku, C and Ka payloads in a single platform and can operate up to 51 transponders. Following this, Eutelsat 3D will be launched at 7° East where it will be co-positioned with Eutelsat 7A to increase capacity and in-orbit security for customers providing DTH, professional video, data and telecoms services in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Turkey and Indian Ocean islands.

“With the full entry into service of Eutelsat 3B we are further heightening the efficiency of our fleet and gearing new capacity towards our strongest growth markets,” said Michel de Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Eutelsat. “Clients providing services from our 3° East and 7° East orbital positions can now benefit from new satellites at the top end of the range in terms of flexibility, power and reach.”