Eutelsat Communications has signed simultaneous multi-year contracts with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on its Eutelsat 8 West B satellite.
The new Eutelsat 8 West B has been fully powered up and is already broadcasting TV channels to over 52 million homes in the Middle East and North Africa.
Payload preparations for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission have marked a new milestone in French Guiana, with Eutelsat 8 West B undergoing its initial fit-check with launcher hardware.
Eutelsat 8 West B has arrived at the European spaceport in French Guiana and is now in final stages of preparation for launch by an Ariane 5 rocket on August 20.
WATCH VIDEO. The Eutelsat 8 West B satellite is in the final stretch of manufacturing and on track for launch by an Ariane 5 rocket in mid-2015.