From Nick Snow in Amsterdam
Media&Broadcast, a business unit of Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems and satellite operator Eutelsat Communications and have signed an agreement for the 10-year lease of a full transponder on Eutelsat’s Eurobird 9 satellite. The capacity will be used for video networks and data distribution services in Germany and international markets.
Eurobird 9 is a 20-transponder, high-power Ku-band satellite optimised for television and radio broadcasting in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The satellite’s recent entry into service at Eutelsat’s new 9 degrees East position, adjacent to the Hot Bird neighbourhood, is in line with Eutelsat’s objective to develop multi-satellite reception in Europe in order to accompany the growing number of channels and the arrival of HDTV. Satellite homes equipped for DTH reception from the Hot Bird position can easily add channels broadcast by Eurobird 9 by fitting a second LNB beside the LNB pointed to the Hot Bird satellites. Helmut Egenbauer, CEO of Media&Broadcast, said the new satellite neighbourhood was ideally positioned for its clients for broadcasting Standard Digital and HDTV channels. He confirmed that the company would also use the capacity for radio and data applications.