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Achille De Tommaso nuovo Amministratore Delegato di Skylogic

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Dr Achille De Tommaso appointed Skylogic Chief Executive Officer

Turin, ITALY: 20 December 2011: Skylogic, the broadband affiliate of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced the appointment of Dr Achille De Tommaso as its new Chief Executive Officer. Current CEO, Arduino Patacchini, will become President of Skylogic.

Dr De Tommaso, who most recently served as senior advisor to Skylogic’s CEO and General Director, has 40 years experience in telecommunications having built and led companies such as Eurotech, Televas, Nortel Italy, Cable & Wireless Europe, Infostrada and COLT Italy. Dr De Tommaso has also worked as a consultant for the European Union DG XIII for advanced telecommunications services. Currently also chairman of the Italian Research Center ANFoV, for the study of technologies, market and regulation of the telecommunications industry, Achille (known as Silvio) has a doctorate in Electronic Physics.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Wallace, Eutelsat Chief Commercial Officer, said: “With his extensive experience of managing growth companies in the telecommunications industry, Dr De Tommaso is the perfect appointment to assist Skylogic in its next important phase of development. I would also like to thank Arduino for his remarkable efforts over the past 10 years. His intellect, passion, leadership and commitment have seen Skylogic emerge as one of the world’s premier providers of satellite broadband communications services.”

L’efficienza del satellite KA-SAT nell’invio rapido di file video

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Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite proves its efficiency for fast video file delivery

Paris, 6 December 2011
The mobile facilities company Jackshoot is the first to deliver TV rushes over the KA-SAT satellite of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) in order to bring the programme ‘Live and Lost with Blackberry’ to the UK’s Channel 4 television station and YouTube.

Jackshoot’s location crew were able to deliver rushes and proxy files direct to Pulse Film’s central London editing suite over KA-SAT, demonstrating how Eutelsat’s new High Throughput Satellite is game-changing technology for fast video file delivery for the media industry.

Channel 4’s programme ‘Live And Lost with Blackberry’ lets viewers decide which route a band takes to a show, resulting in a journey that frequently takes in rural locations. Three of the biggest music acts (Chipmunk, Rizzle Kicks and Parade), equipped with a BlackBerry and £20, were left in a remote location with five days to make their way across the UK. The show is shot on location a few days before transmission and episodes are posted daily onto YouTube.

“In the past we have had people on location, travelling around the country editing the show in the location truck which is expensive and time-consuming,” explained Jackshoot production director Simon Haywood. “Now, with the ability to send rushes and proxy files over satellite, clients have flexibility and feedback opportunities that were just not possible before. In the future, I also expect the film industry to take advantage of this technology. There is a great opportunity for location film crews to transmit rushes back for directors to review immediately, enabling instant feedback and saving time on revisiting locations for reshoots.”

Jackshoot is the first in the UK to fit its location filming and editing van with an ultra compact vehicle system designed specifically for Eutelsat’s KA-SAT by Dawson, the mobile broadcast specialists Dawson. The new Dawson GC-Zero 70 product uses a low profile 240mm antenna and enables the vehicle to connect and transmit at 10Mpbs.

Ian Dawson, Managing Director of Dawson, commented: “We wanted to create a product for the media industry that could take advantage of and match the innovation of Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite. This first antenna, as part of a new range of Ka antennas, is already causing waves in the industry.”

Cristiano Benzi, Head of Video Value Added Services at Eutelsat, said: “This innovative newsgathering application, developed and provided by our Skylogic affiliate, prefigures a number of broadcast services that our new KA-SAT platform will be able to deliver. Video contribution is entering a new era and we look forward to expanding our commercial response to serve the needs of channels, production houses and news agencies within the KA-SAT service area of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.“

Operational since May this year, Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite ushered in a new generation of multi-spotbeam satellites. Its innovative concept is based on a payload with 82 narrow spotbeams connected to 10 ground stations. This configuration enables frequencies to be reused 20 times and takes total throughput beyond 70Gbps, significantly lowering the cost per bit for applications that include broadband and data services, such as film file delivery.

Eutelsat – Un Nome, Un Gruppo, Una Flotta

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Paris, 1 December 2011
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) announces that from 1 March 2012 it will be
unifying the names of its satellites around the established Eutelsat brand. From this date, the
Group’s satellites will take the Eutelsat name associated with the relevant figure for their orbital
position and a letter indicating their order of arrival at that position. This new system has been
devised to support Eutelsat’s efforts to communicate its satellite branding and deployment in a
consistent and homogenous way.
The logical pattern Eutelsat has selected will enable its growing community of users across all
markets to immediately identify where a satellite is located – a key metric in the commercial
satellite sector – and its chronology at the neighbourhood it occupies.
Current in-orbit satellites will for example be renamed as follows:
• W6 at 21.5° East will become EUTELSAT 21A.
To ensure clarity, satellites located at Eutelsat’s four ‘West’ positions will include West in their
name. For example:
• ATLANTIC BIRD™ 2 will become EUTELSAT 8 West A.
Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ brand, which over 20 years has acquired a high and established
reputation in the satellite TV industry, will be retained. It will be more closely associated with
the Eutelsat name and adopt the numbering system to be implemented for all other satellites.
For example HOT BIRD™ 6 will become EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 13A. The same pattern will
apply to KA-SAT.

Tooway™ selected for use in Devon and Somerset scheme “The Rural Connection”

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Eutelsat’s Tooway™satellite broadband selected for use in Devon and Somerset rural fast broadband scheme “The Rural Connection”

1st December 2011
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced that the Tooway™ satellite broadband service provided by its Skylogic affiliate will be used in “The Rural Connection” project, run by Devon and Somerset County Councils, to bring high-speed Internet services to over 1,000 of the regions’ most rural homes and businesses. The service, delivered by specialist reseller partner, ToowayDirect, will connect residents and businesses to the Internet via a small satellite dish installed on the outside of the property.
The £1m investment will enable free installation of the Tooway™ satellite broadband service for users who live in the qualifying area. Customers will have access to download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps and a range of tariffs, together with a programme of free ICT training and support. Devon and Somerset County Councils won EU funding for the project from the European Rural Development Programme for England, which is being matched by the private sector.
“The Rural Connection” project will significantly improve internet services to selected areas around the Devon and Somerset border that currently receive very slow or no broadband. Parts of the rural hinterlands of South Molton, Tiverton, Honiton, Cullompton and Axminster, together with Wheddon Cross on Exmoor, are covered.
The project will run alongside the wider Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme, which aims to deliver superfast connectivity to at least 85% of homes and businesses and improved connectivity to all where the private sector has no plans to invest in the infrastructure.
Devon’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Enterprise and Employment, Will Mumford, said: “Businesses across the county tell us that the number one requirement for them to develop and expand is faster and more reliable broadband. That’s why we are working with colleagues in Somerset to deliver this exciting rural broadband project ahead of the wider Connecting Devon and Somerset multi-million pound programme of investment.
This is about ensuring that our businesses can compete on a level playing field, reducing the isolation of residents in remote areas and improving their access to services.”
Somerset’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, David Hall, said: “The project has been welcomed by the business community in the area and will include a range of business support activities to help enterprises fully benefit from improved connectivity.
“We know being able to reach new markets, undertake research and do basic regulatory tasks online are essential to the survival and growth of rural businesses.”
Andrew Walwyn, Managing Director of ToowayDirect, said: “Access to high speed broadband improves the way people live, learn and work. So, we are delighted to be working with the Devon and Somerset local authorities to bring this service via satellite to some of the region’s most rural homes and businesses.“
“Devon and Somerset County Councils have recognised the unique role that satellite can play in extending broadband availability to the most rural communities in the UK,” added Dr Achille de Tommaso, CEO of Skylogic. “Tooway™ will help to transform the broadband map and we look forward to working closely with ToowayDirect and the local authorities on this exciting programme.”
The new-generation Tooway™ service is delivered via Eutelsat’s innovative KA-SAT satellite, which entered commercial service in May 2011. With its total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, KA-SAT ushers in a new era of competitively-priced, satellite-delivered services for homes and small businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. The satellite forms the cornerstone of a new satellite infrastructure, which includes eight main satellite gateways across Europe connected to the Internet by a fibre backbone ring.