Intelsat, Sentech extend African capacity deal


Rebecca Hawkes

| 29 September 2015

Sentech has extended its satellite capacity contract with Intelsat to expand its direct-to-home (DTH) and digital terrestrial television (DDT) signal distribution services in South Africa.

Sentech will distribute almost 500 channels via the Ku-band capacity on Intelsat 20, located in orbit at 68.5 East. Some 31 of the channels are delivered in high definition (HD).

"Sentech is committed to providing comprehensive digital delivery services to Africa and ensuring that our customers have access to high quality, reliable and differentiated content," said Leago Takalani, executive: technology, Sentech.

"As the rest of the continent continues the migration to DTT, the power of Intelsat 20 will enable us to efficiently deliver digital services to the largest number of viewers as well as expand our customer base. Most importantly, it will enable us to enhance our channel selection and deliver more affordable, entertaining programming to viewers across multiple channels throughout South Africa."

Rhys Morgan, interim sales manager, Africa, of satellite operator Intelsat, added: "Intelsat 20 reaches more viewers in Africa than any other DTH platform, making it an ideal video neighbourhood to support Sentech's growing business needs.

"Our ability to support and deploy both DTH and DTT transmissions will enable Sentech to continue its customers' seamless migration to DTT."