Eutelsat seeks out Brazil, Latin America market with 65 West satellite

Editor | 31-07-2013

Confirming the growing importance of the region in the TV world, Eutelsat Communications has confirmed the order of a new multi-mission high capacity satellite designed to serve Brazil and Latin America.

Designed to deliver service for 15 years or more, the new EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite will be constructed by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), based on the SSL 1300 satellite platform.
The new craft will operate at the 65 West position in three frequency bands to deliver video services. Set for launch and operation by 2016, EUTELSAT 65 West A will be located where Eutelsat's subsidiary, Eutelsat do Brasil Ltda was granted frequencies in C, Ku and Ka-bands by ANATEL, the Brazilian telecommunications regulatory authority, in June 2013.
Even though it has been operational in Brazil since 2000 through its Eutelsat do Brasil subsidiary, and will deliver Latin American coverage in 2014 with EUTELSAT 3B and in 2015 by EUTELSAT 8 West B, Eutelsat believes that its use of 65 West will transform its commercial presence in the Latin American region.
The new craft will use C and Ku-bands to distribute video to headends and DTH broadcasting, aiming to make particular gains in Brazil as it upgrades its digital infrastructure and prepares to host the 2016 Olympic Games. The satellite's total payload will contain ten transponders in the C-band (54 MHz bandwidth) with performance peaking over western parts of Brazil from Belem in the North to Porto Alegre in the South. It will also have 24 transponders in the Ku-band (36 MHz) connected to two service areas: one exclusively for Brazil, peaking over the most populated cities along the coastline and over Manaus, and a second optimised for Spanish-speaking Latin America, from the Caribbean to Patagonia.
"This new satellite will be a key pillar supporting our goal to intensify our presence in vibrant digital markets in Brazil and across Latin America," commented Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen. "At the 65 West position already a sweet spot in the video business and at the centre of the orbital arc serving Latin America we will add valuable resources for video and introduce a high throughput payload for affordable broadband services complementing terrestrial networks in Latin America's most populated regions. We are excited by the prospect of further expanding our footprint and leveraging our experience to develop lasting business relationships in Brazil and across Latin America."