On the inaugural day of AfricaCom 2019, Eutelsat Communications announced a multiyear contract signature with Orao Telecom Congo for video capacity aboard one of its satellites located at 7° East. In a first for the African continent, Orao Telecom Congo has also signed up to Eutelsat CIRRUS; Eutelsat’s hybrid satellite/OTT delivery of channels.
Orao has selected a satellite located at one of Eutelsat’s key positions to launch a pay-TV bouquet of 15 channels from mid-December featuring Congolese content made up of series, movies, sports, kids shows and news. The DTH bouquet will be broadcast to the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Orao will also leverage the Eutelsat CIRRUS content delivery platform to offer an OTT service aimed at the Congolese diaspora worldwide.
François Mbilo Bompate, President of the Directors Committee of Orao Telecom Congo: “We are delighted to embark on our first satellite broadcast venture with Eutelsat as our trusted partner, bringing high quality, original Congolese content to viewers in DRC and further afield.”
Philippe Oliva, Chief Commercial Officer of Eutelsat, added; “We are proud to have been selected by Orao to launch its new TV offer. This contract is a reflection both of the unparalleled reach of Eutelsat’s 7° East orbital position over DRC, as well as its compelling portfolio of services and solutions enabling broadcasters to reach viewers worldwide via a satellite/OTT service.”