Algerian DTT platform Télédiffusion d’Algérie (TDA) is to distribute its package of TV and radio stations on the Eutelsat Atlantic Bird 3 satellite (5 degrees West). The channels will commence broadcasting on December 1 and will initially be available to DTH households. Later the 36MHz transponder will be used to distribute signals to Algeria’s DTT transmission for terrestrial rebroadcast.
The package consists of three free-to-air television channels (La Chaîne 1, Canal Algérie and A3) and four radio stations (CH I, CH II, CH III and RAI – Radio Algérie Internationale),
The five-year contract provides TDA with high-power coverage of the entire Algerian territory, the Maghreb region and Mediterranean Basin countries for DTH reception with 60cm antennas. The satellite is already used in Algeria for broadband access, enterprise and VoIP services.