Eutelsat to accelerate Zimbabwe’s transition to digital TV

Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat Communications announced that it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for capacity in Ku-band on the Eutelsat 3B satellite. The capacity will be used to deliver 12 free-to-view channels to a nationwide network of 48 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transmitters so that Zimbabwean viewers can benefit from improved image quality and a wider choice of television programmes.

The agreement between BAZ and Eutelsat will accelerate the digital transition of Zimbabwe's national broadcasting network that was initiated in 2011, and reflects the general move across Africa to a fully digital environment.

The new service is currently being tested and is due to launch during the first quarter of 2016. The project is managed by BAZ which works with Transmedia, the country’s national signal carrier; ZBC, the state broadcaster; and Huawei for sourcing of digital equipment, including set-top-boxes for user’s homes. Huawei will also uplink the digital multiplex from BAZ’s teleport facilities in Harare to the Eutelsat 3B satellite.
Source: Screen Africa 17 November 2015

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