HTTV, Sagemcom and Thomson Broadcast consortium start DTT pilot in Ivory Coast

Households in Abidjan will have access to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) for the rest of the year before the authorities switch to digital in 2016. In a press communiqué released on 11 September, HTTV, Sagemcom and Thomson Broadcast announced the deployment of DTT service on a pilot basis in the capital of Ivory Coast.

Since the beginning of the year, the French consortium has started to deploy DTT in seven African countries including Senegal, Uganda and South Africa. The Ivory Coast system makes use of Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) technology and VoD solutions.

“For the first time in Ivory Coast, interactive TV services with additional video contents are made easily accessible to the people. This joint solution includes the complete broadcast chain, including: network IP head-end, broadband wireless access network, transmitters, receiving and transmitting antennas, the receivers with their interactive TV services as well as power management of the broadcasting station,” the companies said in a statement.

The Ivory Coast is expected to offer two DTT multiplexes – the first will consist of nine free channels including three public channels of the Ivorian Radio and Television as well as six new private channels. The second will consist of 30-40 channels offered in a pay offer by a private operator.