Something’s gotta give: Ethiopia’s broadcasters contract first with Eutelsat, then with SES

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — A multi-year, multi-transponder contract with Ethiopian broadcasters signed by Eutelsat in February is now in dispute following rival SES’s July 9 announcement that it had captured the business.

Eutelsat and SES both said they count the Ethiopian Association of Broadcasters (EAB) and Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp. (EBC) as customers for what look like identical contracts.

EAB and EBC did not respond to multiple requests for comment on their intentions, but given the Eutelsat and SES comments it is a situation . . .

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