Senegal's Excaf readies for DTT with HTTV, Amos-5
Rebecca Hawkes
| 11 September 2014
France's HTTV is to deploy up to a million set-top boxes to enable the reception of national digital terrestrial television (DTT) services in Senegal, following a contract award by Excaf Telecom Group.

HTTV will provide Excaf Telecom with its Hybrid TV operating system (TVOS), augmenting traditional television services with interactive HbbTV services and on-demand content. The set-top boxes (STBs) are based on STmicroelectronics' STiH253 new DVB-T2 chipset, with conditional access security from Conax.

"We are proud to have been chosen by Excaf Telecom Group for Senegal's [analogue] switch-off," says Régis Saint Girons, CEO, HTTV. "By reducing development cost and time to market, our first class HbbTV platform offers a cost effective and future proof solution for all African countries planning to do their analogue switch-off."

Sidy Diagne, managing director, Excaf Telecom Group, added: "It was key for us to choose a reliable, mature and cost-effective solution to create value-added services for our subscribers. HTTV's Hybrid Television operating system perfectly answered this expectation and we are very satisfied with our collaboration."

Excaf Telecom is to utilise Spacecom's AMOS-5 satellite at 17° East to implement Senegal's DTT project. Excaf Telecom will download its broadcast signals from the AMOS-5 Ku-beam to headends for multiple distribution via its terrestrial network.

"Bringing DTT to Senegal is highly important in positioning Senegal as a leading country in the broadcast field and bringing television to the Senegalese population," said Sidy Diagne.

Earlier this year, Excaf Telecom Group won a public tender to launch and popularise the new DTT offer in Senegal. It already owns two pay-TV channels – La RDV and la RDV Music et Sport – as well as four radio stations.