World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Launch for Third Edition of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for African Students

 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Launch for Third Edition
              of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for African Students

PR Newswire

JOHANNESBURG and PARIS, May 17, 2013

JOHANNESBURG and PARIS, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

As part of their commemoration of World Telecommunication and Information
Society Day (WTISD), Eutelsat Communications and MultiChoice Africa announce
the return of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for 2013. The awards inspire
innovative thinking among secondary and high school students in Africa, to
create awareness on how science and technology can be applied to everyday life
and showcase the many ways that satellites already impact on the development
of the African continent.

According to Nico Meyer, Chief Executive of MultiChoice Africa, the 2013
awards are perfectly aligned with the objective of WTISD, namely to raise
awareness of the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs),
and in particular satellites, on society. "The new edition ofourAwards
challengeshigh-school studentsfrom over 42 African countries to propose how
they would use satellites in spaceforAfrica, their country
ortheircommunity," he added.

The annual awards, which grew from 800 entries in 2011 to over 1,000 last
year, take the form of a competition open to 14-19 year-old students to write
an essay or design a poster on a specified topic. Country winners, besides
winning country prizes, will go on to compete for the overall continental
awards. Like their 2011 and 2012 counterparts, this year's overall essay and
poster winners will win a once in a lifetime trip for two to the Eutelsat
facilities in Paris, with the essay winner travelling onwards to witness a
live rocket launch. Runners-up will win a trip to South Africa as guests of
MultiChoice Africa. Schools attended by the overall winners will also receive
a DStv installation, including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder
and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

For Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer, Michel de Rosen, the ability of the
competition to stimulate thinking among young Africans on how satellite
technology can shape society and economies, and the first-hand exposure of
winners to the space business, is unique. "The awards present an opportunity
to actively stimulate and showcase emergingscience and technology talent
onthe African continent.They arethe only competition aimed at promoting
knowledge and understanding of satellite technology among African youth and
kindlingtheir interestinexploringthe career pathsand
opportunitiesthatthe world of satellites offer.We are delighted,as a
leading satelliteoperator engaged in developing communications inAfrica,to
celebrate the 2013 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in such
a fittingway." 

The power of the awards to enrich lives is attested by the 2012 best essay
winner, Anthony Oyom from Uganda, whose recent trip to Paris and French Guiana
was an exhilarating experience. Says Anthony: "Thevisit to the Guiana Space
Centre was breathtaking and thetour ofParissimply amazing.Meeting and
interacting with the various stakeholders in the launch programmesinKourou
was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and as I flew backto Uganda, I
reflected on the achievements of these amazingpeopleand the lessons
wecanlearn from them."

Students can enter the awards by collecting an entry form and other resources
from their nearest MultiChoice office or download a copy at

Entries for the awards close on 19 September 2013.

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity
commercialised on 31 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the
world's leading satellite operators. As of 31 March 2013, Eutelsat's
satellites were broadcasting more than 4,600 television channels to over 200
million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The
Group's satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution,
corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and
operational professionals from 30 countries.

About MultiChoice Africa

MultiChoice Africa Limited ("MultiChoice Africa") is an African pioneer of pay
TV services in sub-Sahara Africa, having launched the first digital satellite
service in the 1980s. The company is registered in Mauritius, and is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of the Naspers Group. MultiChoice Africa provides
multi-channel digital pay television services containing channels from Africa,
America, China, India, Asia and Europe. The company has over twenty years
experience as a Pay TV operator in Africa, offering cutting-edge digital
technology and a selection of DStv bouquets containing premium television
channels for subscribers in 47 African countries and the adjacent Indian Ocean

SOURCE MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat Communications

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