Intelsat, Sentech Expand Media Distribution Relationship on Intelsat 20 Satellite to Deliver More Content Across Africa

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network,
powered by its leading satellite backbone, today announced that Sentech,
a leading broadcasting signal distributor in Africa, has extended and
expanded its relationship with Intelsat to bolster delivery of media
services in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sentech has been leveraging Ku-band services from Intelsat 20, located
at 68.5˚ East, for decades to cost-effectively deliver Direct-to-Home
(DTH) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services in South Africa.
Sentech, which reaches 8.5 million TV households, has contracted
additional services on Intelsat 20, Africa’s top video neighborhood, to
power its growth in the region.

“As a world class signal distributor and communications provider,
Sentech is always exploring avenues and pursuing relationships that will
ensure quality broadcast services for South Africa,” said Mlamli Booi,
CEO of Sentech, said. “The contracting of these additional services with
Intelsat will allow Sentech to expand quality media services to the rest
of the African continent.”

“Intelsat will continue to support Sentech in its efforts to be the
leading distributor of content in Africa,” said Brian Jakins, Intelsat’s
Vice President, Africa. “Satellite remains the best means for African
broadcasters to reach the widest possible audience, and this agreement
will enable Sentech to continue connecting Africa to the world and the
world to Africa.”

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About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network,
delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services
anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the
world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure,
managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable
customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network
services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people
worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity,
multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and
seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one
that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries
and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit

About Sentech

Sentech is the backbone of the South African broadcast infrastructure
and services, being the premier provider of electronic communications
network services for the South African broadcasting and communications
industry. The State-owned Company provides broadcast transmission
services to the national broadcaster, mainstream and community
television broadcasters, and over 150 Radio Stations country wide. Its
infrastructure and data communications platforms also provide services
to South Africa’s telecoms sector and mobile providers. The world class
Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and universal access Direct-To-Home
(DTH) satellite platform service ensures access to Digital Television
countrywide. The DTT network successfully covers 100% of country’s
population through 84% reach via the DVB-T2 terrestrial network and the
remaining 16% via the Satellite DTH network. Sentech is now focused on
developing and rolling out open-access multiscreen platforms that will
enrich SA’s digital content distribution industry.

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Jason Bates
Media Communications Manager