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Airtel looking to go into African satellite TV Business

Bharti Airtel Ltd. is looking to launch direct-to-home satellite television services in Africa, Financial Express reported in Jan 2011, citing unnamed company officials. Bharti offers mobile telephony services in 16 African countries. The company is looking to launch the service by the middle of 2011, the paper said without elaborating.

Airtel has African operations in: Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Airtel is a satellite provider of bundled broadcast television, telephony and broadband Internet services. Airtel Digital TV broadcasts with a MPEG4 DVB S2 picture, sound and interactive services programming stream. The Airtel Digital TV service offers its subscribers service packages with up to 173 channels and four interactive services. The process of installing an Airtel Digital TV dish antenna is a fairly straightforward one to perform.

Source: O’Lekan Babatunde

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