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GTV expands into French-Speaking Africa

September 15, 2008 • Top Stories

Arqiva is continuing to expand the services it provides to GTV to accommodate its aggressive growth in the African direct-to-home pay TV market.

A recent report by Balancing Act, the specialist African media research company, recorded that over the last nine months, five out of every seven new subscribers to satellite television in Africa chose GTV.

In June Arqiva supported the launch of eleven French language channels onto the GTV platform. Arqiva’s Chalfont Grove facility downlinks the channels from a number of satellites and platforms and integrates into the fully managed co-located GTV multiplex head-end for onward transmission onto the W3A and W4 satellites. Broadcast coverage will be into 12 French-speaking countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire.

1 August also saw Arqiva support the launch of GTV’s new French language flagship general entertainment and sports channel – G Star. This involves remote ingest of digital media and playout from Arqiva’s Chalfont Grove facility.

Julian McIntyre, Founder and Managing Director of Gateway Broadcast Services, which provides the GTV service, said: “Demand for the GTV service has been driven by the chance to enjoy a broad range of high quality television channels at an affordable price, with various packages to meet the budgets of African families. Arqiva continues to prove an ideal technology partner for our ongoing expansion into the African market. By the end of the year we will be operating in 30 countries, and Arqiva’s ability to support and extend our services as we grow has been crucial to our roll out plan.”

John Bozza, director of sales at Arqiva’s Satellite Media Solutions division, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide GTV with the scalability they need to seamlessly expand their services across the continent. Arqiva’s integrated infrastructure delivers a comprehensive and highly flexible solution for the customer. Our experience with projects of this size and nature, coupled with our ownership of the very latest studio, co-location and playout facilities, has enabled us to effortlessly accommodate the growth of their platform.”

GTV is a dynamic Pan-African pay-TV service delivering choice, quality and innovation to a new breed of TV viewer. With a balanced and exciting choice of premium content, GTV is redefining pay-TV in Africa by offering it at a price point accessible to the mainstream. GTV is committed to supporting local content as well as offering major international programming ideal for the whole family.

GTV is already available in Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is currently proceeding with a phased roll-out across sub-Saharan Africa.

The GTV service is provided by Gateway Broadcast Services (GTV), a subsidiary of Gateway Communications. Gateway Communications is the leading provider of communications services to telecoms operators and corporations in Africa.

The direct-to-home, satellite-based service will deliver the highest quality digital reception across the continent. An advanced and efficient delivery platform will substantially reduce the cost and ease of set-up for customers. GTV is delivered across Gateway Communications’ satellite infrastructure.

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