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African broadcasters get 2 new platforms

SkyVision Global Networks, a global satellite communications service provider, has announced a partnership with ABS, the global satellite operators, to launch two new video platforms on ABS-3A. This will provide quality DVB-S and DVB-S2 content, including HD, via satellite across Sub-Saharan Africa, including French speaking Africa and South Africa.

The signing of this agreement will deliver vital communications services viaABS-3A, a premium satellite located at the 3°W orbital position, to effectively meet the growing demand for content and DTH services using 90cm dishes. The new platforms will support both SD and HD channels in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 encoding. Coverage will focus on the FTA channels and pay-TV markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Launching these services on ABS-3A creates a new era of high performance satellite services to customers in Africa,” stated Ori Waterman, SkyVision’s CEO. “This deal establishes new key broadcast platforms over the ABS-3A and enhances our distribution capabilities with our African customers via Ku-Band Platforms to best serve broadcasters and a wider viewing audience.”

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