Eutelsat expands Russian presence

By Chris Dziadul
January 15, 2010 10.34 UK

Eutelsat and Intersputnik, the International Organisation of Space Communications, have signed a long-term agreement for 16 transponders at Eutelsatís 36 degrees East video neighbourhood.

Valid for the entire on-orbit life of W7, which has been co-positioned with W4, it will guarantee long-term capacity for digital TV and broadband services in Russia.

In particular, it will provide new resources for the Gazprom Media Group, which operates the DTH platforms NTV Plus and Tricolor.

With co-location of W4 and W7, Eutelsat has effectively doubled its broadcasting capability at 36 degrees East, which covers Russia and Ukraine.