SIS LIVE, operator of the largest satellite uplink fleet in Europe and the leading outside broadcast provider in the UK, is ramping up its access to permanent capacity on satellites operated by Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL). New contracts have been signed between both companies for significant capacity on the ATLANTIC BIRD 1 satellite and on W3C, Eutelsat’s newest satellite.

With multi-year leases guaranteeing access to 144 MHz of capacity on W3C and 36 MHz on ATLANTIC BIRD 1, SIS LIVE will benefit from an exceptional footprint covering the UK and Europe to serve the market for broadcast services.

The capacity will add flexibility to SIS LIVE’s pool of permanent resources, equipping it to meet broadcaster requirements for a stellar year of events in 2012 that will include the UK Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in addition to Formula One, Wimbledon Championships, European Tour Golf and the 2012 European football championship in Poland and the Ukraine. It will also support SIS LIVE’s expanding business operations in France.

David Meynell, Managing Director, SIS LIVE says: “Having worked closely with Eutelsat for many years, we are pleased to be able to extend our joint operations. This will enable SIS LIVE to offer our existing and new customers enhanced services and provide them with wider and even more robust access to the global satellite network.”

Andrew Wallace, Eutelsat Chief Commercial Officer commented: “In advance of an exceptional year for TV viewing, we are delighted to consolidate our relationship with SIS LIVE, an industry reference for outside broadcasting and uplink services. SIS LIVE is continuously seeking to enhance its broadcast facilities and we are committed to leveraging our experience and resources to meet its expectations and those of its clients.”