Euroconsult Honors Outstanding Achievement with 11th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications

Industry pays tribute to winners at World Satellite Business Week in Paris

Paris, September 10, 2014 - Euroconsult, the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets, announced the recipients of its 11th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications on the occasion of the World Satellite Business Week, its annual senior executive event, the 18th edition of which took place in Paris from September 8 to 12. These annual awards recognize companies and their management for their outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector. Winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts from Euroconsult, SpaceNews and SatelliteFinance who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative1 and quantitative2 criteria.

This year's award categories and winners are:

  • -Strategic Transaction of the Year: Eutelsat

  • -Global Satellite Operator of the Year: Telesat

  • -Regional FSS Operator of the Year: Gazprom Space Systems

  • -Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year: Es'hailSat

"Through these awards, Euroconsult and our fellow jurists recognize these companies for the significant impact they have had on the satellite industry through their innovation, strategic leadership or performance," said Pacome Revillon, CEO of Euroconsult. "It is gratifying to honor their achievements during the World Satellite Business Week."

The distinguished winners share their thoughts:

Global Satellite Operator of the Year

Telesat, Dan Goldberg, President & CEO
"Telesat is grategul for Euroconsult's recognition of the significant organic growth we achieved in 2013. Our performance was the result of the collective expertise, dedication and hard work of the Telesat team and is a reflection of the confidence our customer have in our ability to support their mission critical requirements and the capabilities of out satellite fleet. We will seek continued growth in the years ahead by delivering unparalleled customer service and by deploying innovative satellite platforms."

Strategic Transaction of the Year

Eutelsat, Michel de Rosen, Chairman & CEO
“We are honoured to accept this recognition from industry experts in our sector. The addition of Satmex, now Eutelsat Americas, complemented by the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite, has given us an exceptional platform to grow our activity in Latin America. The quality and experience of the team, under the leadership of Patricio Northland, strengthens our company-wide skills as we strive to deliver our customers value, impeccable service and ideas for the future.”

Regional FSS Operator of the Year

Gazprom Space Systems, Dmitry Sevastiyanov, Director General
“Gazprom Space Systems is a Russian satellite operator. Its orbital constellation consists of three Yamal satellites and covers the biggest part of the Eastern Hemisphere. Also the company has a wide ground infrastructure in Russia. Thanks to commissioning of the new satellites Yamal 300К and Yamal-402 Gazprom Space Systems expanded the geography of business, entering the African market and increasing the presence in the Middle East. The revenue of the company in 2013 grew by 29%. The next Yamal-401 satellite will be launched this year.”

Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year

Es'hailSat, Ali Al Kuwari, CEO
“We are immensely grateful and proud to receive this award from our peers in the international satellite industry. Having launched Es’hail 1 just over one year ago, the satellite is very much in demand and is currently transmitting channel bouquets for premium broadcasters such as Al Jazeera and beIN Sports. Es’hail 2 has been contracted and we are working on our own satellite control centre in Doha. This is a strong foundation on which we can continue to build a world-class satellite operator and center of excellence in the MENA region.”


1. Innovation, strategic decisions, impact.
2. Financial performance indicators, such as EBITDA and revenue growth or subscriber growth.

World Satellite Business Week
The World Satellite Business Week is the unique executive meeting place for the global satellite business. It includes Euroconsult’s flagship event, the Summit for Satellite Financing. The summit brings together over 130 top-level speakers and 700 senior executives from the fixed, mobile and broadband satellite industry and the financial community. Top business leaders participate in this must-attend summit to discuss strategy, make deals and strike partnerships.
www.satellite-business.com

About Euroconsult
Euroconsult is the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets. As a privately-owned, fully independent firm, we provide first-class strategic consulting, develop comprehensive research and organize executive-level annual summits for the industry. With 30 years of experience, Euroconsult is trusted by over 570 clients in over 50 countries. Euroconsult is headquartered in Paris, with offices in Montreal, Washington, D.C., and permanent representation in Japan.
www.euroconsult-ec.com.

About SpaceNews
For 25 years, SpaceNews has provided decision-makers throughout the industry with timely and comprehensive space and satellite news, giving them the competitive intelligence they need to succeed. Covering the centers of power and finance throughout the industry, SpaceNews provides a critical perspective that decision-makers rely on. In print or on-line, we provide news, commentary and analysis that make us the leading source of information for the space professional on every major continent. Whether it’s the latest trend in military space capabilities, the next space mission, breaking developments in satellite telecommunications or pending launch schedules, SpaceNews keeps them informed. For more information, visit: www.spacenews.com

About SatelliteFinance
SatelliteFinance is your exclusive & definitive source for M&A, financing, and regulatory news in the global commercial space industry. We provide breaking news, expert analysis and data on deals in the satellite sector, covering topics ranging from new satellite broadband projects to the role of export credit agencies, as well as providing in-depth coverage of satellite operators and their industry partners. Top executives, bankers, lawyers and consultants read SatelliteFinance for its exclusive in-depth knowledge on the sector, and for information on deals that have yet to be announced.