Burkina Faso chooses Eutelsat for accelerated nationwide roll-out of digital TV

Digital television cameraA digital television camera at a hockey match. (Image source: ArildV/WikiCommons)Société burkinabè de télédiffusion (SBT) has chosen the Eutelsat 3B satellite to transition to Digital Terrestrial Television 

Eutelsat Communications announced on 30 May, a multi-year agreement for satellite capacity with Société burkinabè de télédiffusion (SBT), the public agency deploying DTT channels across Burkina Faso. The new contract is a major step in the drive to accelerate analogue switch-off in Burkina Faso.

Capacity leased on Eutelsat 3B is already delivering approximately 20 channels to 35 digital terrestrial transmitting towers deployed throughout Burkina Faso, enabling homes equipped with a digital decoder and a compatible TV set to benefit from the digital quality content.

In addition to using the Eutelsat 3B for nationwide free-to-air broadcasting, SBT has partnered with public broadcaster RTB to expand the availability of public service content to Burkinabe residents and embassies in a broader footprint. Capacity on Eutelsat 16A is extending access to RTB in Africa and Eutelsat 9B in Europe.

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial & Development Officer, added: “With this agreement, Eutelsat is leveraging capacity on three of our satellites to contribute to Burkina Faso’s transition to a fully digital broadcasting environment. We are proud to support SBT in its drive to accelerating access to DTT channels for all Burkinabe homes.”

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