Eutelsat Communications, one of the experienced operators of communications satellites announced last week it has chosen Space Systems Loral (SSL) in its sub-Saharan Africa expansion drive.
This space system will benefit the Tanzanian communication sector particularly Azam TV.
According to Eutelsat, SSL has been entrusted with the manufacture of a high-power satellite to serve the markets of other SSA including Montage Cable Network of Lagos Nigeria and Muvi TV of Lusaka Zambia as an expansion drive to serve the markets in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Turkey.
Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO said, “Enhanced two-satellite constellation to be launched in third quarter of 2018, and equipped with 44 operational Ku-band transponders, the new satellite will be co-positioned with EUTELSAT 7B, releasing EUTELSAT 7A to another orbital location.”
“This improved two-satellite constellation will enable Eutelsat to optimise resources across both satellites, with enhanced coverage flexibility and connectivity set to take the 7° East neighbourhood to a new level,” Belmer said.
EUTELSAT 7C will also be equipped with a beam providing enhanced capacity for government services over Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, and a beam that can be steered to cover any region visible from 7° East.