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An agreement between the government of the Republic of Benin and SES will see viewers across the West African region able to receive 15 new digital terrestrial free-to-air channels via the satellite operator’s SES-14 craft.

SES dino 13March2019 landsAs part of the deal, a number of high definition channels will be broadcast over Benin, making it the first HD channels to be available over DTT service across Africa. This said SES marks an important step forward in the digital switchover for the country, which intends to switch off analogue service in 2020.

To meet the high service availability and nationwide coverage requested by Benin, SES will be utilising the spot-beam capacity on SES-14 which will deliver video feeds to the DTT infrastructure across Benin, with direct-to-home (DTH) service filling in any gaps of coverage. SES-14 was launched in January 2018 and is located at 47.5 degrees West.

“SES has delivered a creative solution to us to ensure the introduction of digital television with HD channels. This is an important milestone as we move toward our deadline for the analogue switch-off,” said Darius Quenum, chairman of the DTT steering committee of the presidency of the Republic of Benin. “We are very pleased to be working with SES, which has both the technical capabilities and required experience to support our ambitious plans to set new standards for broadcasting.”

“We are excited to be working with the committee leading the digital television transition of Benin to deliver such high-quality service to the people of Benin,” added Clint Brown, vice president, sales and market development for Africa, SES Video. “Launching HD service can be complex, and we are dedicated to providing innovative solutions to respond to market needs. Launching this DTT and DTH service is an important step for Benin and we are in the best position to successfully deliver the complete set of services required.”