|Eutelsat 36A ku-Band for Africa|
The company which carries roughly half of all television channels broadcast on the African continent, runs a fleet of 40 communication satellites around the world with 10 dedicated to Africa.
These satellites primarily provide two services: TV broadcasting, and Data transmission.
What is unique about this particular new satellite is that its capacity will be taken up entirely by Multichoice, the pan African content giant.
This is expected to see the company largely expand the number of channels it offers on its flagship DStv service while at the same time converting many of the standard definition channels into High Definition (HD) channels.
According to Rodney Benn, regional director for Eutelsat Communications, the satellite which was launched almost two months ago has been undergoing testing before it is handed over to Multichoice.
Eutelsat satellites for Africa in an orbital location of 36 degrees East where they service both Sub-Saharan Africa and Russia.
"Roughly 1000 channels are broadcast on our satellites in Africa," Benn said.
He spoke when he visited Nairobi to award winners of the DStv Eutelsat essay writing and poster design competition.
Entries from Zimbabwe and Ghana scooped top the top prizes.