KBC turns to Spacecom for DTT service broadcast

Kenya Broadcast Corporation (KBC) has announced a partnership with Israeli satellite services provider Spacecom.

The deal will see KBC’s DTT service broadcast via the AMOS-17 HTS (high throughput satellite) digital satellite. In addition, Spacecom has also provided KBC with on-the-ground professional services to migrate Signet’s DTT service to AMOS-17.

KBC’s Signet broadcasts over 70 TV stations and a host of radio channels throughout Kenya and into South Africa.

Oren Tepper, Spacecom Global Vice President sales, said: “AMOS-17’s strong C-band HTS beams improved signal quality and optimized spectrum utilization so that Signet could quickly and easily upgrade content quality and service levels. For this project, Spacecom’s professional services teams achieved a record migration of Signet’s services with no service interruption. We are thrilled to work with KBC’s Signet team and look forward to a strong relationship.”

Job Karimi, Technical Services Manager of KBC, said: “To further improve of our service delivery, we migrated our satellite infrastructure to AMOS-17, thereby realizing huge savings in operational costs. Thanks to AMOS-17’s HTS capabilities, we were able to create optimal link margins to our remote transmission sites.

“The migration turnaround time was under very short timelines. Amazingly their highly skilled team and ours seamlessly migrated 38 sites within three weeks without interrupting our transmission schedule. Furthermore, they have been very supportive in our day to-day operations and are constantly looking into other areas of collaboration to further strengthen our relationship. They are our strategic partners and very core in achieving our mandate.”

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