European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT IGO)

Organisation européenne de télécommunications par satellite

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1977-06-30 Paris France


Established on a provisional basis by 17 European telecommunications entities, members of D-XD0696 - Conférence européenne des administrations des postes et des télécommunications (CEPT). Intergovernmental Convention (Convention and Operating Agreement) adopted, May 1982, by 26 European States establishing the definitive Organization, opened for signature 15 Jul 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 Jul 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.


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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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