SES launches Free-To-Air Satellite Channel to Fight Spread of COVID-19


Societe Europeenne des Satellites (SES) a global satellite company, has launched a free-to-air satellite tv channel to enable millions of households across Africa, Europe, and Asia-Pacific access reliable, information about COVID-19.

The channel – Fight COVID-19 – broadcasts content aimed at providing underserved and rural communities with critical information about how to limit the spread of the virus.

The content is provided by trusted organisations such as UNICEF and AFP as well as global EdTech social enterprise.

The idea is to impartially inform TV viewers about COVID-19 symptoms and how to identify them, the recovery process as well as how to manage the effects of a global pandemic.

In particular, the channel boasts enough information on social distancing, managing a household, children or mental health for viewers to access.

Broadcast free-to-air from SES’s satellite fleet, Fight Covid-19 is available in the following regions:

  • ASTRA 4A at 5 degrees East for Sub-Saharan Africa and Ukraine
  • ASTRA 2F at 28.2 degrees East for West Africa
  • NSS-12 at 57 degrees East for Ethiopia and adjacent countries
  • SES-9 at 108.2 degrees East for the Philippines

“Our lives have been disrupted by COVID-19 in the last few months, and unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Through the global reach of satellite, we are in a position to contribute our resources wisely to help provide important information to vulnerable communities,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES.

“We have been really fortunate to be able to collaborate with UNICEF, AFP and who are willing to contribute their content for this good cause. Together, we hope to reach a wide group of audiences with reliable and trustworthy content and do our part in helping slow the spread of COVID-19.”

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