Burkina Faso selects Eutelsat to accelerate nationwide roll-out of digital television

1 June 2017

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Société burkinabè de télédiffusion (SBT) leverages EUTELSAT 3B satellite to transition to Digital Terrestrial Television

Abidjan, Ouagadougou, Paris, 30 May 2017 — Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced a multi-year agreement for satellite capacity with Société burkinabè de télédiffusion (SBT), the public agency deploying DTT channels across Burkina Faso.

Announced at Discop Abidjan, the new contract is a major step in the drive to accelerate analogue switch-off in Burkina Faso.

Capacity leased on EUTELSAT 3B is already delivering approximately 20 channels[1] to 35 digital terrestrial transmitting towers deployed throughout Burkina Faso, enabling homes equipped with a digital decoder and a compatible TV set to benefit from digital quality content.

In addition to favouring EUTELSAT 3B for nationwide free-to-air broadcasting, SBT has partnered with public broadcaster RTB to expand availability of public service content to Burkinabe residents and embassies in a broader footprint. Capacity on EUTELSAT 16A is extending access to RTB in Africa and EUTELSAT 9B in Europe.

[1]SMTV, Canal 3, TVZ Africa, Impact TV, BF1, TV Maria, Alhouda, CVK, El-Bethel, Burkina Info TV, RTB Télévision, RTB Zénith, Edifice McCann, Savane FM, TAM-TAM Production (3TV), Omega TV and Assemblée TV.

Source: Press Release