Technology & Convergence – In Brief

Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat Communications announces that its new EUTELSAT 8 West B has been fully powered up and is already broadcasting TV channels to over 52 million homes in the Middle East and North Africa. Launched on August 20 by an Ariane 5 rocket, the new high-power satellite is co-located with a constellation of satellites operated by Eutelsat and Nilesat at the 7/8 degrees West neighbourhood.

TV households in Benin will be able to experience Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) by the end of 2015, according to the country’s ICT minister, Etienne Kossi. “The end of 2015 is the new deadline that the government has chosen to start digital migration in Benin and we are striving to meet this new deadline,” Kossi said at the opening of a regional workshop organized by Réseau de l’Audiovisuel Public d’Afrique Francophone (RAPAF). To meet this new deadline, Kossi explained that a national commission involving all stakeholders has been set up to coordinate all the digital migration process. A roadmap was adopted and a law was passed and promulgated to set the legal framework for the digital switch over process.