Transfer to W3C completed
The transfer of all traffic, including over 480 television channels, onto W3C from the Eurobird 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites was completed on 9 November 2011 by Eutelsat's control centre. With the high-capacity W3C going on-line Eutelsat is further equipped to service dynamic satellite broadcasting markets in Central Europe and Indian Ocean islands. Over 11 million homes in Central Europe and 500,000 in Indian Ocean islands are already equipped to receive broadcast services from this longstanding Eutelsat neighbourhood. A second regional footprint centred over Madagascar and Indian Ocean islands is serving the Canal+ Overseas, Parabole Réunion and Orange platforms as well as France Télévisions to support digital switchover in Reunion Island and Mayotte. W3C also opens a new route to Africa, in a region stretching from Senegal to Madagascar for Direct-To-Home TV broadcasting as well as data and broadband services.