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Eutelsat and Futaris Team up to Deliver C-band Satellite Services to Alaska

Investment complements Futaris’s Colorado based antennas connected to EUTELSAT 115 West B


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Successful launch of EUTELSAT 115 West B by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral.

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PARIS & ANCHORAGE, Alaska--Futaris, Inc. announces it is investing in a new C-Band antenna for its Anchorage teleport to provide services in Alaska using Eutelsat Communications’ (Paris:ETL) new-generation EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite. This investment complements Futaris’s Colorado based antennas connected to EUTELSAT 115 West B, supporting Internet, broadcast, VoIP, and disaster recovery/business continuity solutions from the most advantageously positioned hub for Alaska, including the most remote locations.

EUTELSAT 115 West B is the first all-electric satellite of Eutelsat’s global fleet, with 24 C-band and 41 Ku-band equivalent transponders connected to specific service areas including Alaska, Canada, Mexico and South America. The satellite’s C-Band footprint offers exceptional power levels over Alaska to provide cost-effective capabilities for clients providing services that include video broadcasting, broadband access, cellular backhaul, VSAT solutions and social connectivity.

Patricio Northland, CEO of Eutelsat Americas, said: “We are excited to be working with Futaris and to enhance telecommunications in Alaska at a moment when many satellites serving the state are nearing the end of their life cycles. We look forward to working closely to provide best-in-class connectivity solutions to a broad range of customers in Alaska and beyond.”

“Futaris plans to access EUTELSAT 115 West B’s C-band capacity out of our two major teleports: Anchorage will primarily serve the Alaskan and Pacific Northwest U.S. market while our Sedalia, Colorado, facilities will allow us to reach the Western U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico as well and Central and South America,” said Futaris Acting President Valerie Pettit. “Both teleports are undergoing expansion to continue providing quality communications to our customers in the oil & gas, mining, energy, government, broadcast, tourism, and communication sectors.”

Futaris is continuing its build-out in the heart of mid-town Anchorage, positioned right next to the city’s Alaska Communications’ AKORN fiber vault. All of Futaris’ earth stations are designed with fully redundant fibre, power, and RF infrastructure armed for collocating commercial, government, and telco primary operations. Futaris’ full coverage of Alaska now includes locations such as the far-reaching Aleutian chain, South-east Alaska, and north of Barrow’s offshore. With EUTELSAT 115 West B, Futaris can provide direct or mesh connectivity in a single hop between Alaska and South America.

 

About Futaris
Futaris, Inc., a relatively new company name, stems from the acquisition and merging of Alaska Telecom Inc. (ATI) and AtContact. Futaris contributes telecommunications services as a subsidiary of Calista Corporation. Calista is a regional Alaskan Native Corporation. Futaris leverages 35 years of expertise and their 8(a) certification as a small disadvantaged business.

Learn more about Futaris at www.futaris.com

About Eutelsat Communications
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (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 38 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 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com

 

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