Eutelsat Communications has announced the full entry into commercial service of its high-capacity Atlantic Bird 7 satellite one month after its launch to 7 degrees West.
The transfer of all television channels onto Atlantic Bird 7 at 7 degrees West from the Atlantic Bird 4A satellite was completed in the early hours of October 23 by Eutelsat’s control centre, working in close collaboration with broadcast clients and providers of uplink services.
More than 400 TV channels are now broadcasting via Atlantic Bird 7 into almost 30 million homes located from the North African Atlantic coastline across to the Gulf States. The satellite’s increased Ku-band capacity delivers headroom for growth at the premier video neighbourhood in the region. Its significantly enhanced footprint will also enable broadcasters to expand reach into satellite homes, notably across North Africa and in the Gulf.