Eutelsat Communications and Spacecom have inked a partnership agreement. The agreement is set to drive the expansion of digital entertainment services in Africa.
According to both parties, they have established a framework for cross-commercialisation of Ku-band capacity connected to the high-power African service areas of Eutelsat’s Eutelsat 16A satellite at 16 degrees East and Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite at 17 degrees East.
The combined channel line-up of both satellites already comprises over 100 free-to-air African and international channels that can be received by standard 80cm dishes in a vast footprint covering over 30 million TV homes, located notably in Francophone Africa and extending to Ghana and Nigeria.
The two operators will come together in efforts to ignite further growth at the 16-17 degrees East position. Commenting on the partnership, Rodney Benn, Eutelsat’s Regional Vice President for Africa, said: “This agreement between Eutelsat and Spacecom shows how neighbouring operators can combine their strengths to offer Africa’s broadcast community the full benefits of their expertise.”