Satellite companies pitch DTH as a solution to meeting the digital broadcast transition deadline

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Sylvain Béletre, Balancing Act


The ITU deadline agreed by most African countries for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting is only four years away. Elsewhere in the world, the transition has taken between 3 to 14 years to complete so time is running out. Knowing the difficulties of rolling out terrestrial digital (DTT) broadcast equipment, the satellite companies are putting forward DTH satellite as an alternative. Thus far no Government has yet taken up the idea but as the deadline nears it’s worth thinking about. Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre talks to Christoph Limmer, Senior Director,  Market Development Africa, SES about what satellite can do.