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Digital homes in Africa will grow to 75m by 2021

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  • Satellite, terrestrial are the two key infrastructures that will drive successful digital transition

It has been two years since the digital migration deadline set by the ITU for Africa expired and yet only six African nations have completed digital transition.

This slow progress is largely due to the steep challenges faced by countries with a large landmass, mountain ranges or islands that typically remain beyond range of terrestrial network, or with interferences issues in border regions, as well as by the question of funding.

In most cases a terrestrial/satellite solution beats standalone terrestrial in terms of cost effectiveness and speed. Homes within a satellite coverage can receive DTT channels immediately without having to wait for new investment in terrestrial infrastructure and its gradual deployment across a territory.

Digital migration needs to happen now as African countries are missing out on opportunities that include:

  • Transforming the diversity, signal quality and reach of channels into viewer homes.
  • Generating infrastructure upgrades and stimulating Africa’s vibrant content creation industry
  • Releasing analogue frequencies for other applications such as mobile services.

In sharing our longstanding technical and commercial experience working with public and private broadcasters, as well as regional governments around the world, Eutelsat can provide the most suitable satellite and best-in-class technical solution with the required expertise to drive the digitalisation process and contribute to growth of a dynamic and lasting broadcast sector.

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location.

Over 6,600 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).

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