INTERNET BROADBAND SATELLITE LAUNCHED

Eutelsat’s new satellite marks a milestone for building broadband in Europe.

Paris, Kourou, September 27, 2003 Eutelsat announces the successful launch of e-BIRD, the first satellite in the world specially designed for two-way broadband communications. Built by Boeing Satellite Systems, e-BIRD was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana during the night of September 27 to 28 at 23.14 GMT (01.14 Paris time). After a series of in-orbit tests, the satellite will enter service in November at 33 degrees East in order to provide coverage of Europe and Turkey.
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