A COMPREHENSIVE study of satellite television reception places Eutelsat as market leader across Nigeria, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire, with the need for high definition television rising across sub-Saharan Africa.
The face-to-face interviews were conducted with 3,000 households in Nigeria, 2,000 in Cameroun and 2,000 in Cote d’Ivoire, representative of the population of the geographical area surveyed. A far-reaching in-depth study, led by Nielsen, of television reception throughout Nigeria, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire, has positioned Eutelsat (www.Eutelsat.com) as satellite market leader within these countries.
High definition in high demand
According to study findings, the need for HD is rising in sub-Saharan Africa with a growing demand for HD content specifically in Pay-TV. This is coupled with a rise in the affordability of equipment such as televisions and set-top-boxes. The number of HDTV equipped households is already sizeable: in Nigeria 9.5 million (38 percent) households were identified to be HDTV compatible homes, 0.9 million (18 percent) in Cameroon and 0.5 million (22 percent) in Cote d’Ivoire.
Satellite television is high in the rankings
Satellite television reception is the dominant technology in Cote d’Ivoire reaching 68 percent of TV households (1.5 million households) and is also a major technology in Nigeria reaching 41 percent (10.3 million households) and in Cameroon with 38 percent households (1.3 million households).
‘Eutelsat is pleased to have established a strong presence in the regional audiovisual landscape, providing millions of households with access to a wide range of local and international channels. This study confirms that Eutelsat’s 16° East position is the leading position for free-to-air broadcasting in Cameroon and Ivory Coast and that Eutelsat’s three positions, 36° East, 7° East and 16° East, serve the largest combined audience in the Nigerian market.
‘It is a testament to our long-standing partnership with many of Africa’s leading TV channels and bouquets. We look forward to strengthening these partnerships to develop our services as these dynamic markets continue to evolve,’ said Nicolas Baravalle, vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa at Eutelsat.
The study also revealed that Eutelsat’s 16° East neighbourhood is the leading Free-to-Air (FTA) position in Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire with a combined reach of 1.2m households in those two countries. In Cameroon, 16° East is the leading position and reaches a total of 940,000 households representing 73 percent of the DTH installed base. In Ivory Coast, it has the largest FTA installed base, reaching 240,000 households (37 percent of the DTH installed base).
16°East position caters for a wide variety of tastes with over 160 channels, among which are highly sought after local channels such as CRTV, Canal 2 International, Trace Africa, Novelas TV, RT1 and RT2 as well as popular international channels in French and English.
Eutelsat has the highest combined reach across the Nigerian market between its three positions, 36° East, 7° East and 16° East. Over 5 million households in Nigeria (one out of two DTH households) point towards a Eutelsat position.
Eutelsat’s 36° East neighbourhood is Nigeria’s leading Pay-TV position, reaching 1.3m households. It hosts DSTV, the leading satellite Pay-TV platform in the region and groups together around 400 channels including 43 channels in HD accessible throughout region and includes top most watched channels in Nigeria such as AIT International, CNN International, Silverbird TV and Zee World.
Eutelsat’s 16° East neighbourhood is a leading free-to-air position reaching a total of 2.2M households and offers a diverse line-up of popular Nigerian channels such as CRTV, Channel TV and Silverbird TV, local content specifically popular to the Hausa community; My TV Hausa and Alwilayah TV Hausa, as well as international channels such as Aljazeera, France 24.
Eutelsat’s 7°East neighbourhood has a reach of 1.4M households in Nigeria, mainly catering to English-speaking locals, with Channel TV, TVC News Nigeria and international content such as CNN, Fox, BBC World news, Bloomberg TV Africa, CNBC Africa and Al Jazeera.