EUTELSAT SUPPORTS EXPANSION OF MULTICHOICE AFRICA's DStv PAY-TV PLATFORM

Telecoms

Eutelsat last week announced the conclusion of a new agreement with MultiChoice Africa, for satellite capacity which will enable MultiChoice to expand its DStv pay-TV offering in sub-Saharan Africa. Through capacity selected in 2000 by MultiChoice Africa on W4, Africa's leading pay-TV operator has built a subscriber base of over 170,000 homes which can receive over 50 television and 30 radio programmes catering for English, Portuguese, Indian and French-speaking communities. In order to support the continued expansion of DStv, Eutelsat reconfigured its SESAT 1 satellite, which is copositioned with W4, so that subscribers can receive additional services through the same antenna.

MultiChoice Africa has taken a lease of two transponders on SESAT 1 in order to offer up to 36 television channels in French and Portuguese targeting, in particular, Angola, Mozambique and French-speaking countries in Central Africa. The new capacity joins the seven transponders already operated by MultiChoice Africa on Eutelsat‚s W4 satellite, ensuring that DStv remains the leading provider of digital television services to Africa.