People living in Benin are now able to access 15 new free-to-air channels from satellite. This is the result of a new agreement between the Government of the Republic of Benin and SES, the world's leading satellite-based solutions provider.
Based on the agreement, a number of High Definition (HD) channels will be broadcast over Benin, making it the first HD channels to be available over Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service across Africa. Since the country intends to close analog service by 2020, this is considered a vital step in the digital switchover.
SES will be using powerful spot-beam capacity on SES-14 in order to meet the high service availability and nationwide coverage across the country. This satellite with a high throughput payload will deliver video feeds to the DTT infrastructure across Benin, with Direct-to-Home (DTH) service filling in any gaps of DTT coverage. SES-14 was launched in January 2018 and is located at 47.5 degrees West, as reported by Space Watch Africa.
"SES has delivered a creative solution to us to ensure the introduction of digital television with HD channels. This is an important milestone as we move toward our deadline for the analogue switch-off. We are very pleased to be working with SES, which has both the technical capabilities and required experience to support our ambitious plans to set new standards for broadcasting," Darius Quenum, Chairman of the DTT Steering Committee at Presidency of the Republic of Benin said.