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Eutelsat Communications has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for Ku-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite. The capacity will be used to deliver twelve free-to-view channels to a nationwide network of 48 DTT transmitters so that Zimbabwean viewers can benefit from improved image quality and a wider choice of television programmes.
The agreement between BAZ and Eutelsat will accelerate digital transition of Zimbabwe’s national broadcasting network that was initiated in 2011, and reflects the general move across Africa to a fully digital environment. The new service is currently being tested and is due to launch during first quarter 2016.
Obert Muganyura, Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, said: “Access to Eutelsat 3B will transform our country into a nationwide provider of digital broadcast services. With this Eutelsat partnership and our project partners, the stage is set for Zimbabwe to accelerate the transition from analogue to digital TV in order to deliver improved service to viewers nationwide.”