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Kenya’s Wananchi signs deal with SES World Skies

Kenyan triple play provider boosts capacity by teaming up with satellite provider SES World Skies.

Wananchi has secured capacity on SES World Skies' new NSS-12 satellite.
Wananchi has secured capacity on SES World Skies' new NSS-12 satellite.

Kenyan triple play provider Wananchi is set to increase its capacity to offer IP services throughout East Africa after signing a deal with satellite operator SES World Skies.

 Wananchi, which is best known for its popular Zuku brand of cable, broadband and IP phone services, has secured three full transponders with 162 megahertz capacity on SES World Skies’ new NSS-12 satellite.

The Kenyan operator will use the additional capacity to offer DTH (direct to the home) services and VSAT-delivered, IP-based services from September.

Wananchi’s DTH platform is expected to offer about 80 TV channels over two transponders by the end of the year, while the VSAT networks will allow it to offer services including VoIP and videoconferencing.

 Euan Fannell, Wananchi’s Group CEO, said the satellite capacity would allow the company to deliver a “new level” of broadband, IP connectivity and DTH content to meet growing demand from businesses and consumers across east Africa.

Wananchi, which is based in Nairobi, offers cable TV, fixed line and broadband services under the Zuku brand.