New satellite Eutelsat W7 was launched on November 23, 2009 and was brought into operation on January 15, 2010. The Russian beam extends frequency resource of Eutelsat W4. Eutelsat W7 has the same coverage zone, frequency band and polarization.
21 transponders of Eutelsat W7 are assigned to DTH services on the fixed Russian/Ukrainian beam. 27 transponders are available for broadband services, taking over the SESAT 1 mission (also located at 36 degrees East).
W7 launch allows to satisfy considerable satellite capacity's deficit in Russia in general, and at 36° E in particular. The Russian DTH platforms NTV-PLUS and Tricolor TV have already started providing services via Eutelsat W7.