Eutelsat,a satellite service provider and StarTimes say that Nigeria will benefit from a digital TV deal they have entered to accelerate digital broadcasting services across Africa.
StarTimes said it renewed capacity contracts on two Eutelsat satellites and entered agreements for uplinking services provided by a partner teleport in Slovenia.
In anticipation of the continued expansion of Africa’s television market, the company said it had also secured extra capacity, “and mapped out plans to scale up further by the end of the year.”
Eutelsat says the expanded portfolio equips StarTimes to host more services, up-link channels from Europe and Africa and provide the highest levels of service continuity.
Speaking on the deal, Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO said, “Eutelsat is fully engaged in the transformation of Africa’s broadcasting landscape and is proud to work with the players who are bringing the benefits of digital TV to viewers across the continent. In leveraging diversified satellite resources we can help StarTimes achieve its ambition to reach 30 million homes in 30 African countries by 2018.”
Pang Xinxing, StarTimes Group Chairman and President on his part says, “StarTimes and Eutelsat are long-term strategic partners. We rely on Eutelsat’s advanced satellite communication technology to make our signals available throughout the African continent. Going forward, we will continue to work with Eutelsat to provide the best digital TV service to our African customers.”