Platco selects SES for DTH service in South Africa

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Platco Digital, a sister company of the South African independent broadcaster E.tv, has awarded a fifteen-year contract to SES for the broadcast of a free-to-air service in South Africa, with future plans to expand across Southern Africa.

The contract for two transponders, with an option for additional capacity in 2014, will allow the direct-to-home transmission of a TV channel platform by Platco Digital to audiences in South Africa's urban and remote areas.

SES will provide the satellite capacity on the SES-5 satellite at 5 degrees east, which supports customers developing the digital DTH TV markets in Africa.