By 26 October 2011 | Categories: news


Pace has announced that it has been selected by MultiChoice Africa to support MultiChoice’s launch of its GOtv offering, which is bringing digital TV services to terrestrial subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The GOtv service is being delivered to customers via Pace’s next generation set-top boxes, capable of receiving DVB-T2 standard transmissions. These new set-top boxes are the first to deliver the latest digital terrestrial television into Sub-Saharan African homes, increasing consumers’ service reliability and content choice.

Viewers will be able to receive more channels via the DVB-T2 set-top box, which will provide a reliable and better quality television service, while ensuring a better service reception level. It will further enable new services, including Electronic Programme Guides (EPGs) and multi-language features.

The launch of the DVB-T2 set-top box supports the migration of analogue to digital terrestrial transmission and will enable the attainment of analogue switch off scheduled for 2015. The DVB-T2 infrastructure will also provide a platform for operators to further develop their services in the future. GOtv’s launch in Lusaka, Zambia in June and Entebbe/Kampala, Uganda in August was supported by the new generation of Pace set-top boxes. Further market launches are planned by MultiChoice over the coming months.

Shane McCarthy, general manager at Pace commented: “As a pioneer in DVB-T2 technology and a long-time partner to MultiChoice, Pace has both the technical knowledge and the local market understanding to deliver the most effective next generation service to MultiChoice and its subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa. This launch is a critical step in bringing digital TV services into thousands more homes in this region and we’re delighted to help drive this change.”
The president of MultiChoice Africa, Collins Khumalo, added: “We’re really excited about the launch of DVB-T2 transmissions and the opportunity it gives us to deliver a wide selection of channels to television viewers through a reliable broadcasting system. Pace’s history in DVB-T2 technology makes it the perfect partner to deliver this.”


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