Sentech extends Intelsat contract

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) said that Sentech has extended its contract for multiple years.

Sentech will continue to leverage Ku-band capacity on Intelsat 20 at 68.5ËšE to cost-effectively expand and enhance its Direct-to-Home (DTH) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services in Africa.

The Intelsat 20 satellite will provide Sentech with an expansive selection of nearly 500 channels, 31 of which are High Definition. Leveraging the strength of Intelsat´s leading video neighborhood, Sentech will maximize its efficiency as it distributes DTH as well as national DTT programming to South African viewers using a single, multiplexed transmission.

Intelsat currently provides proven DTT solutions in Africa, supported by advanced coding and modulation techniques that enable efficient use of bandwidth and improved reception quality, enabling African audiences to enjoy the benefits of digital television. Intelsat hosts video neighborhoods serving every continent. Supporting media applications such as cable distribution, DTH and DTT, Intelsat´s neighborhoods offer leading viewer penetration, maximizing the potential audience for content.

Intelsat is a leading provider of satellite services, delivering high performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications.

Sentech, a South African State Owned company (SOC) is a premier provider of electronic communications network services to the country´s broadcasting and communications industry.