Paris-based Eutelsat was awarded the ‘Global Operator of the Year’ prize at the World Satellite Business Week event in Paris, and organised through Euroconsult.

Winners are selected by a jury of experts from Euroconsult, Space News and Satellite Finance on the basis of performance analysis of market players. For the ‘Global Operator of the Year’ award they include average annual revenue growth from 2008 to 2011, EBITDA, EBITDA margin and net margin for the year 2011. Qualitative assessments include innovation, strategic decisions and their impact.

Accepting the award, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat’s CEO, said: “It is an immense pleasure to receive an accolade that underscores our continued strong performance and our steadfast commitment to delivering growth, profitability and visibility. Our efforts are concentrated on increasing our exposure to the fastest-growing applications in the satellite sector, led by broadcast and broadband services, and on strengthening our presence in the most dynamic regions. With seven well-defined satellites to add to our fleet, starting from later this year, we are doing everything in our power to pursue lasting and profitable growth. Most importantly, I dedicate this award to our customers who we serve with passion and to our teams who made this happen.”