Türksat and Eutelsat ink new deal

December 20, 2013 22.25 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Eutelsat -RTürksat and Eutelsat have signed an agreement that will result in the latter redeploying its Eutelsat 33A satellite from 33 to 31 degrees East in May 2014.

In the new position, Türksat will operate the satellite under its satellite network filings.

Eutelsat will meanwhile continue to provide services at 33 degrees East using the Eutelsat 33B satellite, which was redeployed to this position last month.

Türksat currently operates two satellites at the 42 degrees East orbital location and will launch Turksat 4A in Q1 2014 to 42 degrees East and Türksat 4B in Q2 2014 to 50 degrees East.

Commenting on the agreement, Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat chairman and CEO, said: “We are delighted to take our relationship with Türksat to a higher level with this new arrangement at 31 degrees East. We share a common objective to leverage our strengths and experience for the benefit of our customers and to deliver satellite resources and service solutions that support the expansion of a vibrant digital economy for Turkey.”

Ozkan Dalbay, Türksat CEO, added: “Turksat collaborates with Eutelsat on satellite broadband services for Turkey so that users anywhere can benefit from a quality internet experience. Today’s agreement, signed in a spirit of collaboration, is a significant marker that further strengthens the ties between Türksat and Eutelsat.”