Tanzania launches DTT service with Nagra

Basic Transmissions Limited (BTL) has launched a new DTT service in Tanzania using Nagra’s MediaAccess smartcard solution.

Nagra’s MediaAccess smartcard solution enables the launch of a free-to-air service as a solid foundation for future value-added services in the country.

“We are excited to launch our new DTT platform with Nagra who has been a key and trusted partner in this endeavor,” said John Hayghaimo, CEO, BTL.

“Thanks to their expertise and flexible and robust solution we are able to provide Tanzanians with access to high-quality digital programming and value-added services that will revolutionize television viewing in this country by opening up new ways for viewers to enjoy television and all that the move to digital has to offer.”

“Tanzania is at the forefront of the move to digital TV in East Africa, and BTL is making its mark as one of the country’s leading DTT platforms,” said Thierry Legrand, SVP Sales Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Nagra.

“We are proud to be a part of it with our partners – together we are able to offer a plug-and-play, cost-efficient, scalable and flexible solution that will allow the service to grow and experiment with new business models, while providing exceptional viewing possibilities for customers.”

“NAGRA has been a longstanding and reliable partner of ours in Africa and we are delighted to support this launch with them,” said Villiers Joubert, CEO, Africa Union Communications. “The digital opportunity has so much to offer to Tanzania and other African countries, and we’ve only started to scratch the surface. It will change the ways people watch and enjoy television.”

“The migration to digital in Africa requires solutions that are not only robust and reliable, but affordable, easy to use and energy-efficient,” said Bertus Bresler, COO, DiViTech. “Our MPEG4 DVB-T2 set-top box with its local technology designed in Africa for Africa was designed with all these requirements in mind and is the perfect fit for BTL’s DTT initiative.”

BTL is one of three licensed Multiplex operators in Tanzania. It started DTT operations in February 2013 in Dar es Salaam using DVB-T2 format and will shortly expand its services to three other cities. BTL’s mission is to be the leading Multiplex operator in Tanzania, with a nationwide coverage, offering variety of value-added services, with high quality signal, at reasonable rates. BTL is co-owned by IPP Limited, NGA Novum AB and the Sahara Media Group Ltd.