SES DTH across French-speaking West Africa
August 18, 2014
SES will be delivering DTH broadcast television across French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Lomé-based consortium of West African broadcasters led by Africable and Media Plus.
The multi-year contract for two transponders will allow the new platform to deliver DT) television from its Bamako Teleport to member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (also known by its French acronym UEMOA). The roll-out begins on October 1st 2014 across Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Niger.
SES will provide the satellite capacity on its SES-4 satellite located at 22 degrees West, the company’s prime orbital slot for Francophone sub-Saharan Africa, providing 100 per cent audience reach from urban to non-urban areas. The service will offer a bouquet of 80 channels, free-to-air (FTA) and encrypted, and will allow member countries to meet the global digital migration deadline of June 2015. Audiences will be able to connect to the existing national DTT networks and to receive content via satellite using a Dual Tuner receiver included in the offer.