Eutelsat and ABS strike agreement for 75° East

Eutelsat Communications and Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) today announced the execution of a strategic agreement for commercial cooperation at the 75 degrees East orbital location. Within the framework of this agreement Eutelsat is colocating its Eurobird™ 4 satellite at 75 degrees East with the ABS-1 and ABS-1A satellites operated by ABS. This redeployment will inject an additional eight Ku-band transponders to 75 degrees East to address markets in the Middle East, central Asia and Russia. Renamed W75/ABS-1B, Eutelsat’s satellite will also provide possible redundancy to customers until the arrival of ABS-2, which is expected in 2012.