More than 850 major companies and telecoms operators around the world choose Eutelsat's satellites to operate or back up their networks. Whether it's to secure major corporate networks, interconnect remotely located sites, monitor industrial and oil & gas infrastructures, or broadcast and exchange data for the financial, media and retail distribution sectors, Eutelsat works closely with service providers who deploy such applications for their own customers using our satellite capacity.
Satellites can extend terrestrial infrastructure, immediately serving large audiences at very low marginal cost. They are an essential tool for telecom operators entering into content acquisition, to maximise their audience and cover their investment, and for pay-TV operators diversifying into triple-play services. Satellites are also key for Internet growth in the Middle East and Africa. Our wholesale IP connectivity and hybrid solutions connect communities to the international IP backbone, with a seamless interface that is cost effective, rapidly deployed and flexible. Voice connectivity and GSM backhaul are also escalating markets in these regions, and our end-to-end turnkey solutions provide full regional coverage and access to the global voice traffic market.
With prime satellite capacity over Africa, the Middle East and central Asia we have the resources to meet emerging demand in regions where terrestrial infrastructure is incomplete. In 2009 and 2010, three new satellites join our fleet, EUTELSAT 10A, EUTELSAT 36A and EUTELSAT KA-SAT 9A, significantly increasing capacity for Africa and the MENA region.