Eutelsat: Satellite DTH thriving in sub-Saharan Africa; company digs in on retail broadband in Europe

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat offered updated proof that the direct-to-home satellite-television market remains a solid business, especially in the emerging markets including Africa, and said it had now assembled the pieces of a consumer satellite-broadband strategy.

Paris-based Eutelsat has been fighting two market sentiments in the past couple of years: That satellite TV was in a slow but inexorable death spiral, and that the company was unable to prosecute a viable consumer broadband business in Europe and Africa . . .

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