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Avanti in talks for Ethiopia business

London-based speciality satellite operator Avanti Communications says it aims to enter Ethiopia to increase the country’s Internet penetration, says CEO Kyle Whitehill. Avanti has applied for a telecoms operating license in Ethiopia and has started “active” discussions on partnerships with Safaricom and Ethio Telecom, Whitehill said, speaking to The Africa Report. Somalia is also a […]

April 14, 2023By Chris Forrester

Gametoon joins FilmBox channels in Ethiopia

SPI/FilmBox and Canal+ Group have brought SPI’s gaming and eSports channel Gametoon to Ethiopia, available on channel 71 in the DESTA package. SPI had already launched FilmBox Africa and the new additions to the FilmBox group, FilmBox Action and FilmBox Family with the operator, earlier in the year.“We are delighted to build on our existing […]

November 2, 2022

SES buys new satellite from Thales

SES is buying what will be SES-26, a new ultra-sophisticated software-defined satellites from Thales-Alenia Space. The craft will replace NSS-12 at 57 degrees East and serve what SES describes as “hundreds of millions” across three continents. SES-26 will maintain and expand the range of content delivery and connectivity services to broadcasters, media companies, telco operators, […]

March 28, 2022By Chris Forrester

Ethiopia: WildEarth distribution deal with Canal+

WildEarth has launched on Canal+ in Ethiopia, extending its distribution in Africa and providing further access to live and interactive safari experiences. “WildEarth’s brand of immersive virtual nature experiences restores the lost connection with nature and its healing power and we are excited to bring this benefit to Canal+ viewers in Ethiopia,” commented Graham Wallington, […]

November 9, 2021

3,150 HD channels on SES

SES reported during its 9-months (Q3) results that HD channel growth on its fleet had taken the number of HD channels broadcasting on the fleet to “an industry leading” 3,150 channels which “reflected early signs of broadcasters considering completing their transition from SD to HD”. The move to HD and with video pricing remaining healthy […]

November 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES sees uptakes in cloud playout services

An increasing number of broadcasters and channel operators worldwide are adopting SES’s Cloud Playout service to better manage their linear TV channels and content assets flexibly and cost-effectively. This recent shift to cloud-based services means that SES now has more than 60 TV channels from Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific that started utilising SES Cloud playout […]

September 15, 2021

Vodacom explains new Ethiopian business

Vodacom is part of a consortium that has won an operating licence for a cellular service in Ethiopia. The consortium is made up of acknowledged experts in the supply and operation of a telephone service and beat another applicant (MTN Grp) which was not successful. The Global Partnership consortium comprises includes Safaricom (in which Vodacom […]

September 15, 2021

SES winning Ethiopian DTH battle?

The rivalry between SES and Eutelsat to win DTH homes in Ethiopia seems to be going firmly in favour of SES. In a statement, SES said that on January 1st “the majority” of satellite TV channels beaming to Ethiopia will be carried from 57 degrees East. “To continue accessing their favourite TV channels on Ethiopia’s […]

December 21, 2020