NDS, a provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, announced that it has been selected by Gateway Communications, a provider of communications services to telecommunications operators and corporations in Africa.

Under the agreement NDS will deploy a full end-to-end security system featuring VideoGuard® conditional access (CA) for GTV, its newly created African-focused, subscription-based satellite TV service that will deliver digital pay-TV services across Sub-Saharan Africa.

With a planned launch in mid-2007, GTV will target a previously severely underserved customer base who have been unable to afford the current subscription-based services available in the market, bringing direct-to-home (DTH) services within the reach of all middle income Africans. GTV will initially target rapid expansion across English-speaking countries. GTV’s service will employ the very latest in satellite and set-top box technologies, providing customers with high quality digital reception and content.

Commenting on the news, David Nabozny, VP and General Manager EMEA for NDS, said: “We are very excited about being chosen by Gateway Communications to assist with the launch of their African DTH service. They are bringing an attractive new offering to the African market, which has huge potential for growth. Our CA solutions will help ensure that they can quickly, seamlessly and securely deploy their satellite TV service across target markets in the African subcontinent.”

Julian McIntyre, President and Chief Treasurer of Gateway Communications, remarked: ““We are pleased to be working alongside NDS who share our vision and excitement in the growth potential of this exciting new market. We had many options when choosing the security solution for our new DTH service, and selected NDS based on their successful support of some of the world’s leading platforms as well as their expertise in systems integration. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with NDS as we roll out the GTV television service across Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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