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SES launches new digital TV platform for West Africa
|By Business Wire
|July 23, 2014 03:29 AM EDT
SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), in cooperation with service provider
Computer Warehouse Group (NSE Nigerian Stock Exchange: CWG), today
announced the launch of a new digital TV platform for West Africa on
SES’s ASTRA 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees East.
This independent and neutral TV platform in Nigeria will be the
country’s first free-to-air (FTA) DTH digital TV platform and provide
the opportunity for broadcasters to reach millions of satellite homes in
West Africa which are pointing their dishes to 28.2 degrees East.
Besides providing additional growth opportunities for local and
international broadcasters, the platform could be used to quicken the
pace of digital migration.
The platform provides end-to-end contribution, ground and space services
to local, regional, national and international TV broadcasters across
West Africa. SES will be providing the space segment and specific ground
services, while CWG will be managing the teleport services as an SES
partner teleport operator, providing high operational standards. The
service will start in September 2014.
The 28.2 degrees East orbital position is SES's prime orbital position
for West Africa and its FTA reach is one of the highest in the region.
Today, SES already transmits 28 FTA channels at the 28.2 degrees East
Austin Okere, Founder and CEO of CWG, said, “For years, the majority of
households in West Africa has been shut out of the digital broadcasting
experience. Together with SES, we are excited to enable broadcasters to
deliver their content cost-effectively, and in excellent technical
quality to millions of households across the region.”
Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES, said, “Broadcasting
via satellite provides better picture quality and a 100 percent coverage
of even the most remote areas and regions. The long-term partnership
with CWG will open up new possibilities for local and international
broadcasters and allow them to drive digitalisation and reach their
audiences across West Africa quickly and cost-effectively.”
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SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of over 50
geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications
services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile
and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service
and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse
regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with
customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service
SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada
and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in
satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information
About CWG Plc
Computer Warehouse Group Plc (NSE:CWG) is a leading provider of
Information, and Communication Technology solutions, across West,
Central, and Eastern Africa.
Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, CWG PLC, an ISO 9000:2008
certified company, enables customers to plan, design, optimise and
execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies
that provide efficiencies for tomorrow’s competitive landscape.
As the foremost enabler of business where it operates, its technology
powers more than 80% of businesses in the financial industry in Nigeria
and 50% of the telecoms industry. CWG was named a World Economic Forum
Global Growth Company (WEF-GGC) at the 2014 WEF Africa. To learn more,
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