Powerful new satellite for Middle East & North Africa
Satellite broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa has gained powerful new broadcasting resources.
The EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite was launched on August 20th 2015 to 8° West, joining satellites already operated at the adjacent 7° West position by Eutelsat and Egyptian satellite company, Nilesat.
The high-capacity spacecraft from Thales Alenia Space is equipped with 40 operational Ku-band transponders designed primarily to serve DTH markets in North Africa and the Middle East.
It also introduces a C-band mission to 8° West, with 10 operational transponders connected to footprints covering the African continent and reaching west to South America.
The 7/8° West video neighbourhood is one of the most dynamic in the global satellite TV market, with a rapidly growing audience and channel line-up. 54 million homes in North Africa and the Middle East are already equipped for DTH reception of more than 1200 Arabic and international channels broadcast at this position by Eutelsat and Nilesat.