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The Ethiopian Government has awarded a contract to GatesAir (formerly Harris Broadcast) for the installation of a national digital terrestrial television (DTT) contract.
The US company will design, supply, install, test and commission a DVB-T2 free-to-air network for 26 new transmission sites, and upgrade systems at 74 existing EBC facilities.

Financing for the broadcast project, which will support 20 digital TV channels, is being arranged by J P Morgan with support from Export Development Canada (EDC).

Welcoming the contract award, US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach said: “The selection of GatesAir will capitalise on American know-how in digitisation and television technology, in order to achieve Deputy Prime Minister Debretsion’s plan to fast-track digital television broadcasting in Ethiopia.

“Furthermore, the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will provide a training grant of US$600,000 for capacity-building in Ethiopia, accentuating the positive impact of the Embassy’s new Foreign Commercial Service.”

Canada’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Philip Baker added “Canada is pleased to collaborate with the United States and Ethiopia on this important venture to digitise the EBC television system in Ethiopia.

“The participation of leading Canadian telecommunications infrastructure providers in collaboration with Export Development Canada (EDC) is a good example of the growing trade relations between Canada and Ethiopia, and we hope that strategic commercial partnerships like this one will continue to strengthen in the future.”

GatesAir, which has been working in Ethiopia for 50 years, has also won DTT contracts in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Togo. The contract in Ethiopia will see the company install Maxiva liquid-cooled UHF transmitters and DVB-T2 headend equipment, satellite uplinks, antennas and towers.