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Azam TV completes the migration of its video platform to upgraded satellite

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Azam TV has completed the migration of its video platform from the EUTELSAT 7B to EUTELSAT 7C satellite, with a multi-year extension of the existing contract and an incremental capacity commitment.

One of Africa’s leading pay-TV operators, Azam will leverage the enhanced performance of Eutelsat 7 C to distribute some 120 channels in a mix of standard and high definition across its footprint covering Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya and Rwanda.

EUTELSAT 7C is a high-power broadcast satellite for markets in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. It is co-positioned with EUTELSAT 7B at 7° East. This improved two-satellite constellation with enhanced coverage flexibility and connectivity will take the 7° East neighbourhood to a new level.

“Every Azam TV household will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of local and international programmes with excellent signal quality. We are delighted to rely on Eutelsat to leverage the unparalleled reach of its 7° East position.”

Jacob Joseph, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Azam

By significantly increasing capacity over Sub-Saharan Africa, EUTELSAT 7C can accommodate several hundred additional digital channels, to support the region’s fast-expanding TV market. It is also equipped with a beam providing enhanced capacity for government services over Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as a steerable beam that can cover any region visible from 7° East.

“We are honoured to continue to partner with Azam, one of our anchor customers at the 7° East position as it successfully expands its broadcast offer. 7° East has become a new DTH hotspot for Sub-Saharan Africa and a key pay-TV neighbourhood for Eastern Africa with some of the fastest growth rates in the region.”

Patrice Paquot, Deputy Regional Vice President, Sub Saharan Africa of Eutelsat said:

Manufactured by Maxar Technologies, and launched on 20 June 2019, EUTELSAT 7C is equipped with 49 36 MHz-equivalent Ku-band transponders. The EUTELSAT 7A satellite, previously operating at 7° East, will be redeployed at another orbital location.

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