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SES: West Africa to get FTA DTH

A new digital TV platform for West Africa has been launched by SES in cooperation with service provider Computer Warehouse Group with the launch of on SES’s ASTRA 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees East.

According to SES, this independent and neutral TV platform in Nigeria will be the country’s first free-to-air DTH digital TV platform and will provide the opportunity for broadcasters to reach millions of satellite homes in West Africa which are pointing their dishes to 28.2 degrees East. Besides providing additional growth opportunities for local and international broadcasters, the platform could be used to quicken the pace of digital migration, SES said.

The platform provides end-to-end contribution, ground and space services to local, regional, national and international TV broadcasters across West Africa. SES will be providing the space segment and specific ground services, while CWG will be managing the teleport services as an SES partner teleport operator, providing high operational standards. The service will start in September 2014.

“For years, the majority of households in West Africa has been shut out of the digital broadcasting experience,” said Austin Okere, founder and CEO of CWG. “Together with SES, we are excited to enable broadcasters to deliver their content cost-effectively, and in excellent technical quality to millions of households across the region.”

“Broadcasting via satellite provides better picture quality and a 100% coverage of even the most remote areas and regions,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES. “The long-term partnership with CWG will open up new possibilities for local and international broadcasters and allow them to drive digitalisation and reach their audiences across West Africa quickly and cost-effectively.”