SES extends Satelio partnership
December 1, 2020
By Chris Forrester
SES has renewed and extended a contract with German-language channels in Southern Africa.
Satellite TV viewers across sub-Saharan Africa will be able to continue watching German TV channels offered by Satelio in Namibia and Deukom in South Africa.
Satelio and Deukom are operated by Deutscher Televisionsklub Betriebs GmbH and transmitted from a key SES orbital position at 5 degrees East.
SES says that along with a five-year extension, Televisionsklub will upgrade to a full transponder on ASTRA 4A to serve its customers across Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Namibia and South Africa. This renewal and expansion of capacity on ASTRA 4A will enable the platform to offer more HD channels and entertaining content for their audience.
“This renewal and expansion of capacity deal is proof of our satisfaction with the service that SES has been providing. In the last five years, we have seen how they have allowed us to reliably expand our reach to more TV audiences across Africa. As we continue to grow our business with better quality and high-definition content, we look towards working with SES to grow our TV viewership at 5 degrees East,” said Damir Krilcic, CEO/Televisionsklub.
The original five-year term contract with SES was signed in 2015, and “This new multi-year contract with Televisionsklub confirms their trust in us as a strong, reliable partner, and we are delighted to support them so that they can continue to focus on delivering an outstanding service to its German-speaking community in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Clint Brown, VP/Sales and Market Development SES Video Africa. “Satellite continues to play an important role for TV distribution in Africa as it’s the most cost-effective way to reach the masses.”