UK-based distributor ViewMedia is to establish a new digital broadcast platform serving Francophone audiences in West Africa.
It will be operated via the newly launched AMOS-17 communication satellite above Africa, which is due to enter commercial service later in 2019.
Spacecom, in partnership with Satellite Mediaport Services, will provide uplink services for the platform, which will allow for the broadcast of DVBS-2 services to West Africa, reinforcing ViewMedia’s position as a leading multi-regional satellite operator.
ViewMedia commercial director Safia Rana said: “This is a significant moment for West African broadcasters. Our newest platform will provide an important service to television viewers throughout the region. AMOS-17’s technology is top of the line, enabling us to offer additional and improved services.”
Ido Ginsburg, Spacecom’s VP of sales for North America, the UK and the Nordics, added: “AMOS-17’s KU-band capacity is the perfect answer for Africa’s growing French-speaking broadcast market. With its powerful signal, the satellite will enable ViewMedia’s platform to answer the demands of television viewers in urban as well as rural and other low-density population areas.
“Spacecom is energised to take a greater role in the African market and we look forward to many exciting years providing our customers with the best possible solutions.”
ViewMedia is an established operator within the global broadcast and transmission services industry. Its infrastructure provides digital satellite services to broadcasters in the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The KU-Band platform on AMOS-17 will allow broadcasters to distribute video content easily to the French-speaking region.