Eutelsat partners with Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on EUTELSAT 8 West B

15 February 2019

Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) has signed simultaneous multi-year contracts with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on its EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite. The aggregate of these contracts represents multi-transponder capacity, including incremental resources.

Leveraging EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite’s dedicated coverage of Ethiopia, both media groups will enjoy nationwide coverage for their free-to-air DTH platforms, representing a total of 30 channels. Introduced to the local market back in 2012, Eutelsat’s 7/8° West orbital position will now broadcast the vast majority of Ethiopia’s channels thanks to these new agreements.

A longstanding client of Eutelsat on the HOTBIRD position, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) is the country's oldest and largest free-to-air broadcaster. Programming features news, sport, music and other entertainment, broadcast predominantly in Amharic,the official working language of the federal government. The Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB), established in September 2018, is a group of privately owned, licensed broadcasters operating in Ethiopia. Members include Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS), Fana TV, Walta, Kana TV, Arts, Nahoo TV, Afrihealth, OBS, LTV, Ahadu, DWTV, Asham TV and Balageru.

Source: Press Release