Eutelsat Partners with Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for Video Capacity on EUTELSAT 8 West B

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) has signed simultaneous multi-year
contracts with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the
Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on its EUTELSAT
8 West B satellite. The aggregate of these contracts represents
multi-transponder capacity, including incremental resources.

Leveraging EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite’s dedicated coverage of Ethiopia,
both media groups will enjoy nationwide coverage for their free-to-air
DTH platforms, representing a total of 30 channels. Introduced to the
local market back in 2012, Eutelsat’s 7/8° West orbital position will
now broadcast the vast majority of Ethiopia’s channels thanks to these
new agreements.

A longstanding client of Eutelsat on the HOTBIRD position, the Ethiopian
Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) is the country’s oldest and largest
free-to-air broadcaster. Programming features news, sport, music and
other entertainment, broadcast predominantly in Amharic, the official
working language of the federal government. The Association of Ethiopian
Broadcasters (AEB), established in September 2018, is a group of
privately owned, licensed broadcasters operating in Ethiopia. Members
include Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS), Fana TV, Walta, Kana TV,
Arts, Nahoo TV, Afrihealth, OBS, LTV, Ahadu, DWTV, Asham TV and Balageru.

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Director,
said: “We are proud to be working with leading broadcasters Ethiopian
Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters
in enriching the FTA experience for viewers across Ethiopia. These
agreements also highlight the strength of Eutelsat’s 7/8° West orbital

Messay Hurissa, EBC’s Chief Technology Officer, noted: “We are
delighted to be working with an industry leader such as Eutelsat as part
of our expansion into the untapped broadcasting public sphere within our
territory and beyond. This partnership will allow EBC’s customers to
benefit from a much better performance with high quality broadcasting
and customer support.”

Anman Fissehazion, CEO of AEB, added: “Satellite technology plays a
key role in reaching TV households across Ethiopia. One of AEB’s goals
is to increase and strengthen the number of TV households in our
country. This goal can be reached if all broadcasters operate from a
common orbital position to reach their audiences, such as 7/8° West.
Today’s signing is a major step in this venture and I am sure that our
contract with Eutelsat will lead us to many more successes to better
serve our viewers.”

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading
satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated
ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data,
Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate
effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over
7,000 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast
by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or
connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices
and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women
from 46 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange
(ticker: ETL).

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