StarTimes boosts capacity for TV in Africa

BROADCAST ASIA: Chinese network operator to enhance viewing experience in Africa
Pang Xinxing, group chairman and president of StarTimes.
Pang Xinxing, group chairman and president of StarTimes.

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Chinese network operator and systems integrator StarTimes has extended its partnership with SES on the SES-5 satellite.

StarTimes has contracted additional capacity to provide an enhanced TV viewing experience for its subscribers in Africa by providing better picture quality content and more TV channels on its DTH package.

StarTimes currently provides English-language direct-to-home (DTH) content to viewers across the region, via the SES-5 satellite located at 5 degrees East, and is today the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, with more than 5 million DTT and DTH subscribers across 26 countries in Africa.

Pang Xinxing, group chairman and president of StarTimes, said: “We see unprecedented growth opportunities for StarTimes in the region. We are extending our presence and reach in the DTH market to deliver on our promise to provide affordable, world class Pay TV services across Africa. SES is the leader in providing satellite services and well regarded for its reliable and comprehensive networks, and we are confident of realising our mission, together with SES, of enabling every household in Africa to have the chance to experience digital TV.”

Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer, SES, added: “Both SES and StarTimes have continued to invest in the African market over the past few years. We are proud to be a part of the growth of StarTimes as it ventures into new markets and we look forward to supporting their development in the region.”
 

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