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Boosting its east African operations, satellite operator Eutelsat has signed simultaneous multi-year contracts with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on its EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite.

eutelsat Ethiopia 12Feb2019The aggregate of these contracts using EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite’s dedicated coverage of Ethiopia represents multi-transponder capacity, including incremental resources. Both media groups will enjoy nationwide coverage for their free-to-air DTH platforms, representing a total of 30 channels. Introduced to the local market back in 2012, Eutelsat’s 7/8° West orbital position will now broadcast the vast majority of Ethiopia’s channels thanks to these new agreements.

A longstanding client of Eutelsat on the HOTBIRD position, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) is the country's oldest and largest free-to-air broadcaster. Programming features news, sport, music and other entertainment, broadcast predominantly in Amharic, the official working language of the federal government.

Commenting on the deal, Messay Hurissa, EBC’s chief technology officer, noted: “We are delighted to be working with an industry leader such as Eutelsat as part of our expansion into the untapped broadcasting public sphere within our territory and beyond. This partnership will allow EBC’s customers to benefit from a much better performance with high quality broadcasting and customer support.”

The Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB), established in September 2018, is a group of privately owned, licensed broadcasters operating in Ethiopia. Members include Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS), Fana TV, Walta, Kana TV, Arts, Nahoo TV, Afrihealth, OBS, LTV, Ahadu, DWTV, Asham TV and Balageru.

AEB CEO Anman Fissehazion remarked: “Satellite technology plays a key role in reaching TV households across Ethiopia. One of AEB’s goals is to increase and strengthen the number of TV households in our country. This goal can be reached if all broadcasters operate from a common orbital position to reach their audiences, such as 7/8° West. Today’s signing is a major step in this venture and I am sure that our contract with Eutelsat will lead us to many more successes to better serve our viewers.”