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Eutelsat's upcoming satellite launch: more sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Eutelsat has plans to launch five more satellites by the end of 2011. The W7 satellite is currently in final stages of preparation for launch on November 23, 2009 from the Baikonour Cosmodrome on a Proton Breeze M rocket operated by International Launch Services (ILS).

Built for Eutelsat by Thales Alenia Space, Eutelsat’s newest and most powerful satellite to date will be colocated with W4 at 36° East to double resources at one of Eutelsat's fastest-growing neighbourhoods.

Through a configuration of up to 70 transponders connected to five high-performance fixed and steerable beams, W7 will provide coverage of Russia and sub-Saharan Africa for digital broadcasting services including pay-TV, and add significant resources and flexibility for expanding video and telecommunications markets in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. The satellite will also enhance service provided since 2000 by SESAT 1, which after W7’s entry into service at 36° East will be redeployed at an alternative location.

Estimated satellite launch schedule

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