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RSCC Express AT1 and AT2 satellites successfully launched

Eutelsat commercialising capacity on both satellites for TV broadcasting across the Russian Federation

Paris, 17 March 2014 - RSCC (Russian Satellite Communications Company) has confirmed to Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) that all manoeuvres to deploy the Express AT1 and Express AT2 satellites are progressing according to plan following their dual launch on Sunday March 16 by a Proton M rocket.

Express AT1 and AT2, owned and operated by RSCC, are high power Ku-band satellites designed to support expansion of digital services in the Russian Federation, complementing coverage of the European part of Russia provided by the EUTELSAT 36A and B satellites located at 36 degrees East. Express AT1 will replace an existing satellite at 56 degrees East to bring fresh and expanded broadcasting resources over Siberia. Express AT2 will be located at 140 degrees East to deliver satellite broadcasting services to homes in Far East Russia.

Following agreements with RSCC, Eutelsat has contracted 15-year leases for transponders across Express AT1 and AT2 that will principally serve the Tricolor TV and NTV Plus TV platforms.

Express AT1 will be commissioned following completion of in-orbit tests in April. Commercial operation of Express AT2 will start in May.

About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 34 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

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