ATS to extend coverage across Algeria

Algérie Télécom Satellite is expanding its relationship with Eutelsat Communications with five-year capacity contracts concluded on the new ATLANTIC BIRD 7 satellite. ATS has chosen the superior coverage of the entire Algerian territory afforded by ATLANTIC BIRD 7, enabling it to further extend mobile telephony penetration and data networks operated by the public administration.

The two new leases, covering a total 47 MHz of capacity, join the five 36 MHz transponders already used by ATS on Eutelsat's ATLANTIC BIRD 3 satellite. It further anchors satellite as a core technology for the largest country in Africa, as Algeria's leading telecom operator continues to build out digital networks to rural areas and to serve demand for interconnectivity from the finance and energy sectors.

Andrew Wallace, Eutelsat's Chief Commercial Officer, commented: "As a partner of Algérie Télécom Satellite since it was established in 2004, we are delighted to take our collaboration to a new level with these two long-term contracts. They highlight the strong features of ATLANTIC BIRD 7and the potential of its high-power and reach to contribute to completing digital infrastructure across Algerian territory."

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