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.

Accordo commerciale con TDCOM per offrire servizi professionali KA-SAT in Europa

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TDCOM du groupe Vizada choisit Eutelsat et son satellite KA-SAT pour développer son offre de services professionnels haut débit sur l’Europe

Paris, le 18 octobre 2011

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris : ETL) annonce aujourd’hui la signature d’un accord commercial entre sa filiale Skylogic et TDCOM, filiale française du groupe Vizada, l’un des principaux fournisseurs de solutions de communication par satellite dans le monde. TDCOM utilisera le satellite KA-SAT pour renforcer leur offre de services professionnels haut débit en Europe. L’annonce a été faite à l’occasion des salons IP Convergence et MILIPOL où les deux entreprises ont présenté la gamme de services professionnels sur KA-SAT.
Si jusqu’à présent les prix des services et des équipements d’accès par satellite étaient prohibitifs pour une utilisation massive pour les réseaux professionnels en Europe, KA-SAT par sa puissance et son efficacité remet la technologie satellite dans le jeu avec une gamme complète de services : accès Internet haut débit, interconnections de sites, réseaux de back-up, transmissions événementielle.
Les services professionnels sur KA-SAT sont maintenant commercialisés par TDCOM auprès des entreprises et des administrations afin de répondre à leurs besoins de télécommunications sur l’ensemble de l’Europe et du bassin méditerranéen.
Avec sa capacité totale de plus de 70 Gbps, KA-SAT est le pionnier en Europe d’une nouvelle génération de satellites de grande capacité (HTS) optimisés pour des services grand public et professionnels d’accès à Internet à haut débit. Skylogic, filiale d’Eutelsat propose une gamme de services professionnels couvrant l’ensemble des besoins d’interconnexion des grandes et moyennes entreprises et des administrations.
« L’offre KA-SAT de TDCOM est destinée aux grandes entreprises soucieuses de sécuriser leur réseaux MPLS ou IPSEC avec une solution haut débit simple et économique. Tirant profit de cette architecture unique en Europe en bande Ka, TDCOM complète l’ensemble les offres de services VSAT du groupe Vizada Networks et renforce sa position au sein de grandes entreprises internationales » affirme Alain Morgant, Directeur général de TDCOM.

« Cet accord avec TDCOM représente une étape majeure dans le développement de nos services sur KA-SAT et concrétise la demande des solutions basées sur les satellites à grande capacité (HTS) pour compléter les réseaux professionnels en Europe, » affirme Arduino Patacchini, Président-directeur général de Skylogic, filiale haut débit d’Eutelsat.
Les journalistes sont invités à rejoindre Eutelsat et TDCOM groupe Vizada à la Porte de Versailles du 18 au 20 octobre sur le salon IP Convergence (Pavillon 4 -stand J7) et sur le salon Milipol (Pavillon 1 – stand 3G/134).

Accordo con Vivacom per distribuire il servizio satellitare Tooway™ in Bulgaria

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Eutelsat inks distribution agreement with Vivacom for its Tooway™ satellite broadband service in Bulgaria

Paris, Sofia, 29 September 2011

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), Europe’s leading satellite operator, today announced a distribution agreement between its Skylogic subsidiary and VIVACOM to provide the new generation Tooway™ satellite broadband service in Bulgaria. VIVACOM, Bulgaria’s leading telecommunications service provider, will use the Tooway™ service, delivered via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite, to provide high-speed broadband services to residential and enterprise users beyond range of terrestrial networks.
With download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps, Tooway™ satellite broadband will bring fast and reliable Internet access for VIVACOM customers. Almost one million Bulgarian households, that are mainly located in rural and suburban areas, are still beyond reach of fixed terrestrial or wireless networks, underscoring the potential of satellite broadband in VIVACOM’s home market. VIVACOM is launching the service at prices starting from BGN 39 (19.90€) per month.
“The Tooway™ satellite broadband service is the latest addition to our wide portfolio of communications solutions”, said Simeon Donev, Director Products and Services of VIVACOM. “Its launch positions VIVACOM as the first ISP on the Bulgarian market with 100% national coverage, making it possible to extend broadband availability to users in areas with limited telecommunications infrastructure. This is a real breakthrough for the Internet landscape for Bulgaria.”
“Tooway™ is coming into its own as the ideal satellite broadband service to complement terrestrial broadband, and we are delighted that its performance and potential have been recognised by VIVACOM, the leader in Bulgaria for developing modern telecommunications services,” added Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic. “Tooway™ brings high speed Internet access to users beyond the digital divide and it is in this spirit that we look forward to working closely with VIVACOM so that broadband for all can be a reality in Bulgaria.”

The Tooway™ solution consists of a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via Ethernet, giving customers Internet access with no need for a landline. The 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 ranks as the world’s most powerful spacecraft and, as Europe’s first High-Throughput Satellite (HTS), is bringing 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 infrastructure which includes eight main satellite gateways across Europe connected to the Internet by a fibre backbone ring.

Accordo con Eser Telekom per distribuire il servizio Tooway™ in Turchia

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Eutelsat and Eser Telekom announce agreement to expand reach of Tooway™ satellite broadband into Turkey and neighbouring countries

Paris, Istanbul, 7 September 2011
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), Europe’s leading satellite operator, today announced a three-year distribution agreement valued at €5 million between its Skylogic subsidiary and Eser Telekom to provide the new generation Tooway™ satellite broadband service in Turkey, Iraq, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Eser Telekom will use the Tooway™ service, delivered via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite, to provide high-speed broadband to the many enterprises and consumers beyond reach of terrestrial networks across the region. Working with local governments, Eser Telekom also plans to develop innovative KA-SAT-based solutions specifically for public administrations. The new agreement marks the first major contract in Turkey, Iraq, Georgia and Azerbaijan to leverage the powerful features of the KA-SAT platform.
With the consumer service offering download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps, Tooway™ broadband will bring fast, reliable and affordable Internet access for Eser Telekom customers in areas with limited alternative solutions for broadband. The Tooway™ solution consists of a satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via Ethernet, giving customers Internet access with no dependency on a telephone line.
Tolga Sönmezalp, Board Member of Eser Telekom, declared: “The conclusion with Skylogic of this important contract for the Tooway™ service delivered via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite will ensure that Eser Telekom consolidates its role as a key supplier of broadband infrastructure throughout Turkey. It will also allow Eser Telekom to quickly and effectively expand its presence in Iraq, Georgia and Azerbaijan in cooperation with our local partners in these countries.”
Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic, added: “Tooway™ is the ideal service to meet the expectations of Eser Telekom’s customers to quickly access the benefits of broadband. We are delighted to be working with Eser Telekom, the first major distribution partner in Turkey and neighbouring countries to benefit from the superior service delivered through KA-SAT. We look forward to building a close and longstanding relationship which contributes to building an inclusive digital environment across these regions.”

Nuovo accordo con Egyptsat per la distribuzione del servizio satellitare Tooway™

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Eutelsat announces distribution agreement with Egyptsat for its Tooway™ satellite broadband service

Paris, 29 August 2011
Eutelsat Communications, (Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, today announced a 6-year distribution agreement valued at €20 million between its Skylogic subsidiary and Egyptsat. The agreement enables Egyptsat to use the new-generation Tooway™ satellite service to provide broadband services to users beyond reach of terrestrial or wireless networks across Egypt.
With download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps, Tooway™ satellite broadband will bring fast, reliable and affordable Internet access for Egyptsat customers in areas with limited alternative solutions for broadband. The Tooway™ solution consists of a satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via Ethernet, giving customers Internet access with no need for a telephone line.
Set up in 2000, Egyptsat is a leading VSAT service provider in the Middle East and Africa. The company is a licensed VSAT operator in Egypt, providing Internet services to oil companies in Egypt and outside of Egypt for offshore locations. Tooway™ will complement the company’s product portfolio by offering satellite Internet solutions at competitive prices for small offices and home users in industrial and economic centres in the north of the country who can be served through the KA-SAT spotbeam allocated specifically for Egypt.
“Tooway™ is the best fit for Egypt’s new era, with Internet users increasing from 21 million to 25.4 million just after the 25th January revolution. With a price comparable to ADSL, Tooway™ is the passcode for this new era,” said Dr. Mohamed Elghamry, CEO of Egyptsat. “The service is expected to meet the significant demand in the Egyptian territory and the region, where too many places are in deep need for high speed Internet at reasonable cost”.
Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic, added: “Tooway™ is the ideal broadband service to meet the needs of Egyptsat’s customers in rural and difficult to reach areas of the region. We are delighted to work with Egyptsat to extend broadband availability, and look forward to building a close and longstanding partnership which contributes to achieving a high-quality broadband environment in Egypt.”

The new-generation Tooway™ service is provided via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite, which went into commercial service in May. With its total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, KA-SAT brings 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 an infrastructure, which includes eight main satellite gateways connected to the Internet by a fibre backbone ring.

Nuovo accordo con il gruppo Forthnet per il lancio di servizi Triple Play

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Forthnet group signs new contracts with Eutelsat to launch Triple Play services

Forthnet Group to bundle NOVA pay-TV services with Eutelsat’s Tooway™ satellite broadband solution

Paris, Athens, 24 August 2011
Forthnet Group, Greece’s leading private broadband and pay-TV service provider (under the NOVA brand name), today announced the expansion of its longstanding commercial relationship with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL).
A five-year distribution agreement enabling Forthnet Group to market the new-generation Tooway™ broadband service to users across Greece and Cyprus has been signed with Skylogic, Eutelsat’s broadband affiliate. Tooway™ is provided by Eutelsat’s powerful KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite, a new wireless broadband infrastructure for Europe.
Eutelsat and Forthnet Group have in parallel entered into a broader commercial agreement to ensure future satellite capacity for NOVA at Eutelsat’s flagship HOT BIRD™ video neighbourhood in order to launch new premium services and accelerate the acquisition of pay-TV subscribers.
With these new contracts, Forthnet Group will be the first operator in Europe to bundle the Tooway™ broadband service with its pay-TV portfolio in order to offer users triple-play services through a single satellite dish and a single subscription. Satellite broadband, with download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps, together with VOIP will start to be commercialised in Q4 2011 and offered in combination with NOVA pay-TV. The full service will be delivered via Tooway™ antennas equipped with a dual-feed in order to access broadband from the KA-SAT satellite and NOVA from the HOT BIRD™ satellites.

Yiannis Kavaklis, Forthnet Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “We are particularly satisfied with the extension of the cooperation of Forthnet Group with Eutelsat Communications. It concerns an agreement that enables us to extend the reach of our broadband and combined broadband and Pay-TV offering to all Greek households, regardless of their geographical location. The combination of premium content offered by NOVA Pay-TV with broadband through Eutelsat’s specialised High Throughput Satellite is in line with our strategy to offer affordable, easy to use and quality services to Greek households. Covering unserved areas also presents the Group with the commercial opportunity to extend its broadband customer base beyond its fixed line coverage.
This agreement also allows us to complement our Pay-TV offering in Cyprus with high-speed broadband services, offering a complete solution to the dynamic Cypriot market.”
Andrew Wallace, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “These new agreements with Forthnet Group underline our commitment to providing clients with a range of state-of-the-art and complementary services that equip them to retain, broaden and diversify their subscriber base. By bundling pay-TV services from our HOT BIRD™ neighbourhood with the Tooway™ broadband service from KA-SAT, Forthnet is leveraging an exceptional opportunity to offer users simple and immediate access to premium programming and Internet access in one package. This is an exciting strategic development that we look forward to sharing with Forthnet so that users beyond terrestrial infrastructure have viewing choice and access to the benefits of broadband.”
According to a public consultation for the report “White Areas of Greece for 2011” published by the Ministry of Regional Development and Competitiveness for the Digital Agenda, Greece represents a significant market opportunity for satellite broadband. Despite deployment of terrestrial broadband, there are still more than 800,000 unserved citizens in Greece, which ranks 23rd of the EU27 member states in terms of broadband penetration.