European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT IGO)

Organisation européenne de télécommunications par satellite

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Established 30 June 1977, Paris (France), on a provisional basis by 17 European telecommunications entities, members of European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT). From 1977 to 1985, was referred to as Provisional European Telecommunications Satellite Organization -- Organisation européenne provisoire de télécommunications par satellite or Eutelsat intérimaire. Intergovernmental Convention (Convention and Operating Agreement), adopted, May 1982, by 26 European States establishing the definitive Organization, opened for signature 15 July 1982 and entered into force 1 Sep 1985 (date of formal establishment). Following decision of the Assembly of Parties, May 1999, Cardiff (UK), all assets, operational activities and related liabilities of EUTELSAT were transferred to a limited company, Eutelsat SA, under French law on 2 July 2001. Amended Convention entered info force, 28 Nov 2002.


Maintain the rights to use radiofrequencies and orbital locations which were assigned collectively to the Member States and the Organization by the ITU; Ensure that Eutelsat SA continues to observe the Basic Principles set forth in EUTELSAT Amended Convention on pan-European coverage, universal service, non-discrimination and fair competition; monitor the developments within the global telecommunications and space sectors; play an active role in the European and global regulatory environment.

Future Events

2021 Paris, France – Assembly of parties

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Politics/policy/regulatory; monitoring/evaluation; networking/liaising.


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English, French.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 49 countries
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Subjects *

  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Satellites
    • Telecommunications

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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26. Apr 2019
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