Eutelsat snags carrier license in Australia
Eutelsat, a satellite operator based in France, announced that it had secured a carrier license from the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and revealed plans of entering the Australian market with the launch of a new satellite to cover the land down under.
Eutelsat 70B is one of six new satellites under construction for the company’s fleet expansion, expected to provide coverage in Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia, while slated for a launch by the end of the year. The vessel will be equipped with four regional beams to 48 Ku band transponders, and will provide high frequency re-use.
The satellite fleet expansion has a launch period from 2012 to 2015. The French satellite operator is looking into tapping in the increased demand for satellite broadband access, GSM backhauling, fixed and mobile telecommunications services across the globe.