SES has revealed that it will be delivering direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast television across French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project is aimed at the Lomé-based consortium of West African broadcasters, which is led by Africable and Media Plus.
The multi-year contract for two transponders will allow the platform to deliver direct-to-home (DTH) 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 1 October 2014 across Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Niger.
According to company, it 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% audience reach from urban to non-urban areas.
SES has stated that: “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 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) networks and to receive content via satellite using a Dual Tuner receiver (MPEG4 and DVBS2/T2) included in the offer.”
Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, Senior Vice President, Africa for SES said: “As a global satellite operator, SES is well positioned to facilitate digital migration, particularly in Africa where geographic challenges loom large for broadcasters. With over 50 satellites globally, SES has nine satellites which cover Africa. As such, we are well positioned to increase the choice of broadcast channels for local communities.”
Ismaila Sidibe, CEO of Africable, stated that: “Right to TV is our slogan. With over 20 years of experience as a leading wireless cable (MMDS) operator and content provider across Africa, we understand the importance of supporting digital migration on the continent to achieve 100% audience reach. It is our goal to deliver quality television to the wider population at an affordable cost, and we believe DTH technology can help us achieve this.”