Canal+ and Eutelsat Communications, a satellite operator, have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to launch a premium DTH (Direct-to-Home) platform, meaning televisions receive signals directly from broadcast satellites, in Ethiopia at the beginning of 2021. Canal+, which has been expanding its services in Ethiopia, will launch a broadcast offer encompassing a DTH pay-TV offer of some 50 premium channels in a mix of standard and high definition content with an added selection of Ethiopian content. The launch will be supported by Ku capacity on EUTELSAT 7C, a high-power broadcast satellite that entered into service in January 2020. The satellite is co-positioned with EUTELSAT 7B at the 7° East position to form a two-satellite constellation with increased flexibility and connectivity. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across video, data, government, fixed and mobile broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 7,000 television channels are operated by Eutelsat that transmit to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks.
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