Senegal's EXCAF Telecom Selects Spacecom's AMOS-5 at 17°E to Implement National DTT Project
Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that the AMOS-5 satellite has won a long-term contract from Senegal's EXCAF Telecom for satellite capacity to digitize the country's broadcast services. Located at the 17°E prime orbital position, AMOS-5's peak satellite signal over Senegal enables EXCAF Telecom to create West Africa's first digital terrestrial network.
EXCAF Telecom, the provider of the largest TV bouquet in Senegal, will download its broadcast signals from the AMOS-5 Ku-beam to multiple points of distribution. From these head-ends, EXCAF will send the signals over a terrestrial network throughout the country. EXCAF's signal will originate from Dakar, the capital.
EXCAF Telecom's Owner and CEO Sidy Diagne, commented, "The project to digitize broadcast in Senegal is of national importance. We selected AMOS-5 due its beam's signal strength, the support provided and the satellite's capacity to expand our network. Bringing DTT to Senegal is highly important in positioning Senegal as a leading country in the broadcast field and bringing television to the Senegalese population."
"Spacecom is excited to be a prime mover behind Senegal's broadcast digitization project alongside EXCAF Telecom. AMOS-5 is spreading digital broadcast throughout Africa with an emphasis on French-speaking countries, and the addition of this new business in Senegal strengthens AMOS’ position on the continent," stated Sharon Weissman, Spacecom's vice president of sales for French-Speaking Africa. "Senegal is an integral part of French-speaking Africa and working with EXCAF further strengthens AMOS-5’s role from its 17°E orbital position as a regional hot-spot."
Source: Company Press Release, Sept 2014.