Burkina Faso chooses Eutelsat for digital television

Eutelsat Communications (Paris: ETL) has signed a multi-year agreement for satellite capacity with Société burkinabè de télédiffusion (SBT), the public agency deploying DTT channels across Burkina Faso, the company said.

Announced at Discop Abidjan, 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 channels1 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 digital quality content.

In addition to favouring EUTELSAT 3B for nationwide free-to-air broadcasting, SBT has partnered with public broadcaster RTB to expand 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.

Established in 1977, Eutelsat provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat´s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user´s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.