Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has signed a new contract with Eutelsat Communications for additional satellite capacity to meet growing demand for its Occasional Use satellite services.

In this agreement with Eutelsat, Arqiva has taken up 36MHz of capacity on EUTELSAT 7A. This provides Arqiva with excellent overall coverage of Europe and specific coverage of the Middle East, Turkey and Russia. This new contract for one transponder further consolidates a longstanding partnership between the two companies.

Arqiva has the infrastructure and experience to help rights owners, programme makers and broadcasters to create and capture content, and to manage and deliver high quality television around the world. With a fleet of SNG trucks and over 80 earth stations, Arqiva regularly enables the managed global delivery of live and special events including sports, news and entertainment.

Barrie Woolston, Commercial Sales Director at Arqiva, said: “As our Occasional Use business continues to grow we regularly review our satellite coverage and capacity to ensure we are best meeting the needs of our customers. Taking additional capacity on EUTELSAT 7A significantly reinforces our occasional use capability, enabling us to offer customers better coverage, more capacity and access to a thriving antenna community via the already popular EUTELSAT 7A satellite.”

Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet, Chief Commercial Officer at Eutelsat, added: “Arqiva represents a hallmark for quality when customers require high levels of service to provide TV coverage of leading sports and breaking news events. This new long-term agreement consolidates a longstanding partnership between our two companies and further strengthens EUTELSAT 7A for professional video services across Europe and the Middle East."