EUTELSAT 3B begins commercial services | Satellite | News | Rapid TV News
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Eutelsat has announced that after a successful launch on 26 May 2014, its 3B satellite is now fully fired up and providing commercial services at the 3° East neighbourhood.

The craft is designed to replace EUTELSAT 3D and EUTELSAT 3A from which transfer of customer traffic has now been completed, both satellites will now be deployed while EUTELSAT 3B will see use increasing and diversifying capacity and reach of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Brazil. It is claimed to be the first commercial satellite to assemble Ku-, C- and Ka-band payloads in a single platform, it can operate up to 51 transponders through an configuration that enables customers to select the frequency band most adapted to their applications and targeted service area.

"With the full entry into service of EUTELSAT 3B we are further heightening the efficiency of our fleet and gearing new capacity towards our strongest growth markets," commented Eutelsat chairman and CEO, Michel de Rosen. "Clients providing services from our 3° East and 7° East orbital positions can now benefit from new satellites at the top end of the range in terms of flexibility, power and reach. Our thanks go to Airbus Defence and Space for building EUTELSAT 3B and working closely with us during the satellite's first manoeuvres, and to Sea launch for a flawless launch."