Ethiopia's First Premium DTH Platform to be Launched by Canal+

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Friday, September 18, 2020

Vivendi-owned, Canal+ all set to introduce Ethiopia to its First premium DTH Operator in 2021.

FREMONT, CA: Canal+, a Vivendi-owned French Operator all set to launch Ethiopia’s first premium DTH platform at the beginning of 2021. The launch of this platform comes as a result of the deal signed with the operator and satellite operator Eutelsat. The deal is a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for the Ku capacity on Eutelsat 7C. The satellite lifted off and entered into service in January 2020, and it is co-positioned with the Eutelsat 7B at the 7° East position to form a two-satellite constellation. The pay TV will provide almost 50 premium channels after launch in a mix of both SD and HD qualities, with a wide selection of Ethiopia’s F2A channels.

Jacques du Puy, chairman of CANAL+ International, said: “We are delighted to launch our DTH pay-TV offer in Ethiopia relying on the experience of our trusted partner, Eutelsat, in this market. Our new platform, the first such offer in the Ethiopian market, will contribute to the already rich and diverse video landscape in this dynamic market and support our commitment to providing high quality, diverse programming in the African continent, where we are already present in 25 countries.”

RodolpheBelmer, CEO of Eutelsat Communications, said: “We are honored to accompany our long-standing partner CANAL+as it extends its services to the Ethiopian broadcast market which Eutelsat already knows well. This agreement highlights the appetite for high quality and varied programming in this dynamic country as well as throughout the broader African continent, which is the fastest growing satellite broadcast market. It also confirms the relevance of our investments in selected incremental resources to tap growth pockets in emergent video markets.”

This is the second partnership announced by Canal+ this month for the continent; following news of a successful deal with the African utilities firm Bboxx. This deal will also see Canal+ launch a bundled offer of the developing markets of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo. It will also provide the customers solar home systems and a TV with access to more than 100 channels for viewing, such as A+, France 24, or Trace Africa.