Eutelsat doubles resources at 9°East

With the entry into commercial service of its Eurobird 9A satellite at 9 degrees East to replace Eurobird 9 at this position, Eutelsat Communications has announced its operational resources are doubling from 20 to 38 transponders.

Redeployment of the satellite was made possible with last week's entry into service at 13 degrees East of Hot Bird 9. It this released Eurobird 9A (formerly Hot Bird 7A) for its new commercial mission to support the rapid pace of growth at Eutelsat's 9 degrees East broadcast neighbourhood.

The smooth transfer of 175 television channels and 25 radio stations onto Eurobird 9A is fully completed.

Opened in May 2007, Eutelsat's 9 degrees East neighbourhood has seen a two-fold increase in the number of programmes broadcast with the launch of new TV-programme bouquets like Hello HD from Hungary, Platforma DV from Russia and Roots Global.

The 9 degrees East neighbourhood is also developing for delivering channels to cable operators via the KabelKiosk service operated by Eutelsat's German subsidiary.