Fast, scalable connections between Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia
Launched in December 2012, the EUTELSAT 70B satellite is located at 70.5 degrees East, an orbital position at the crossroad of four continents. It offers a broad widebeam coverage and four high-performance fixed beams focused over Europe, Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia reaching as far as Australia.
A high degree of on-board connectivity enables the beams to be used either for regional coverage or to interconnect continents. This supports high-growth services, such as secure government communications in Central Asia through hubs located in the region or in Europe, professional data networks between South-East Asia and Africa, and direct connectivity between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
The satellite is also key for broadcast services including distribution to cable and IPTV headends, DTH and DTT complementarity, video turnaround and Occasional Use services. EUTELSAT 70B is designed to serve video clients across a high-performance footprint of South East Asia which includes Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Australia, targeting a population of more than 600 million inhabitants. This beam has loopback capabilities and is also connected to the European beam to bring content in a single hop from Europe directly to Asia. The satellite’s orbital location also allows a double-feed solution with neighbouring hotspots, to maximize content choice for audiences.
Eutelsat pioneered Ultra HD distribution in Asia, broadcasting an Ultra HD demo channel during CommunicAsia 2014 on EUTELSAT 70B’s Asia beam, in partnership with ST Teleport. This channel on the EUTELSAT 70B satellite, the partnership demonstrated the latest phase of 4k TV development for Asia’s broadcast community.