Ethiopian Satellite Service Jammed – ESAT

May 30th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For the past three days and intermittently before that, Ethiopian Satellite Service (ESAT) broadcasts in Ethiopia have been interrupted due to undetermined electronic interference.

Following preliminary investigations, we have confirm the following facts:
Our service providers have performed extensive technical tests and determined that ESAT transmissions have been targeted for multiple interference from unknown sources.

Once the interference was detected, our service providers made appropriate adjustments to overcome the interfering signal. That effort worked temporarily and ESAT was back on the air. In the last 72 hours, the interfering signal was boosted jamming ESAT signals once again.
Our service providers have performed additional tests and determined that the multiple interference is targeted only at ESAT broadcasts and none of their other broadcasts.

Our service providers are continuing their investigations of the interference and seeking appropriate solutions.

ESAT asks its viewers and supporters to continue their support of the service. ESAT management wishes to assure its viewers and supporters that it will pursue its commitment to meet its mission objectives.

ESAT Management _________________

Contact: Abebe Belew at abelewd@yahoo.com

  1. Addy
    | #1

    Perhaps Eteye china has assited the demons in Jamming.
    Here is the jamming attempt of chinese on the voice of Falungkong http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KB14Ad01.html

  2. MILAS
    | #2

    DEAR ESAT,

    INDEED IT IS VERY SAD TO SEE ESAT IS JAMMED. BUT WHO SHOULD BE DOING IT? ACCORDING TO THE SERVICE PROVIDOR COMAPNY THE JAMMING IS BEING DONE BY UNKNOWN SOURCE BUT WHO? WHO CAN INTENTIONALY DOING THIS? LET US NOT FOOL OUR SELF. NO DOUBT WHO EVER HE IS THIS INTITY IS THE ENEMY OF ESAT AND THE ENEMY OF ETHIOPIANS. WE CAN SPECULATE THIS ISSUE INTO TWO POSSIBILITIES: 1) PROBABLY, THE SERVICE PROVIDER ITSELF MY BE APPROACHED BY THE UNKNOWN JAMMING SOURCE TO STOP THE ESAT SERVICE AND PROMISSED TO BE GIVEN WHAT EVER AMOUNT IT DEMANDS. SO, INSTEAD OF SAYING DIRECTELY NO TO ESAT IT USES JAMMING AS A COVER UP AND AN EXECUSE TECHNICAL FAULT TO STOP ESAT. 2) PROBABLY DIRECT INTERFERANCE BY THE WAYANNE/ALAMUHDI COMPANY BY HIRING A THIRD PARTY JAMMING COMPANY TO CARRY OUT THE JAMMING. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY CAN HIRE A CHINNES GROUP WHO HAS DOES NOT CARE FOR ANY SOCIAL VALUES EXCEPT MONEY. IN ANY CASE, I AM SURE NOW AT LEAST FOR A SHORT PERIOD THE ETHIOPIANS HAVE SEEN ESAT AS A FREE ALTERNATIVE MEDIA AND NO MATTER HOW LONG AND HOW MUCH, WE WILL BE SUPPORTING BEHIND ESAT TO OVERCOME THIS TEMPORARY PROBLEM. I LIVE IN DUBAI AND I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW EXCITED EVERYONE I KNOW, EXCEPT MELESE SUPPRTERS, WAS WATCHING ESAT. I AM STILL WAITING A FUNDRAISING GET TOGETHER IN DUBAI AND SURROUNDING CITIES FOR ESAT. I AM SURE EAST WILL COME OUT OF THIS UNKNOWN HIDDEN JAMMING TO LIBERATE ETHIOPIANS FROM WATCHING THE WAYANNE PROPOGANDA.

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    For the last 3 days I was trying to call back home from the US, perhapse it could be due to this??? But the the problem I experienced was only the cellular phone.
    Dear EAST management the Eritrean could do every thing what it can , if they have the capability, I mean who could be? this is my personal opinion.

  4. Mersha
    | #4

    It is virtually impossible to jam satellite signal for Ethiopian Government. Technically, to jam a satellite signal you have to have a satellite in orbit that is positioned very close to the satellite that is transmitting ESAT. We know that Ethiopia does not have a satellite in orbit. And only very few nations have satellites. More over International Telecommunications Union regulations regarding satellite operations strictly prohibits the use jamming signal from satellite. Also, if one of the satellite operators decide to jam satellite signals intended for TV broadcasting in violation of ITU regulations, they have to jam several channels that share the same frequency.

    According to their own web page ESAT uses Arabsat Badr-6, frequency 11785 MHz (there is a typo in their webpage which uses GHz instead of MHz).

    According to Arabsat website (http://www.arabsat.com/pages/Channels.aspx) the following channels also use the same frequency: A1 Shop, Al Emarah, CCTV-A, HD1, Live TV, Luxe TV HD, Promo Canal+, Sahm TV). Are these channels also off air in Ethiopia?

    ESAT is giving the Ethiopian Government a lot of credit by claiming that they have the capability to jam it — which essentially implies that EPRDF has successfully put a satellite in orbit.

    ESAT has to come clean.

  5. Tulu
    | #5

    This is simply woyanne. no one interested to jam this.

  6. TED
    | #6

    ERITREA NO WAY MUST BE ETHIOPIAN RULEING PARTY TRYING TO SURVIVE BY JAMMING ALL THE MEADIA OPPOSE TO HIM

  7. Drama
    | #7

    Who is the rich guy that owns esat? is that alah mouhdi? whose finances is paying all their members? How will the company esat makes its income? this sounds fishy. Are there any share holders? Can someone tell us who the hell has all this money to start such a program?

  8. neccho
    | #8

    Meles is sacrificing millions of aid money taken from hungry mouths to pay china to jam radio and television stations.Meles totally controls the dummy parliament and now the air waves.

  9. tazabi
    | #9

    Good question Drama.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    Eriterria..that is REAL FUNNY..this ia nothing tp do with eriteria…t

  11. Anonymous
    | #11

    all i want to say is: it’s not fair!!!!!!!!!!1

  12. das
    | #12

    it’s just not fair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Anonymous
    | #13

    @Mersha
    I agree with u. Nice job

  14. ሳምሶን
    | #14

    ለትንሽ ጊዜም ቢሆን:ኢሳት: በኢትዮጵያ ነጻ ፕሬስና ቴሌቭኢዥን በዲሞክራሲ ምን ሊሆን እንደሚችል አሳይቶአል:: ህዝቡም ብምርጫው በተደበረበት ወቅት ሌላ የዜና ምንጭ በማግኘቱ: ጸሎቱ የደረሰለትን ያህል ነበር የተደሰተው:: በዚህ ብቻ እንኳን ኢሳት የታሪክ ቦታ ይይዛል::
    አሁንም: ይህ ጃሚንግ ሆነ የቴክኒክ ችግር ጊዜያዊ ይመስለኛል::
    ከሁሉም የሚያሳዝነው ግን: ከላይ አንድ እህት እንደጠቀሰችው: ወያኔ በኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ስም ለምኖ በሚያመጣው ገንዘብ: ህዝቡን ከመመገብና መሰረታዊ ችግሮቹ ኢንዲቃለሉ ከማድረግ:ይልቅ ከአቅሙ በላይ ሄዶ: ሬዲዮ ጣቢያዎችና የቴሌቭኢዥን ጣቢያዎች: የሚናገሩትን ስላልወደደ ብቻ ለመዝጋት መንደፋደፉ ነው::
    ወቅቱ ኢሳት የበለጠ የገንዘብ ዕርዳታ የሚያስፈልግበት ነው::ኢሳትን እንርዳ!
    በርቱ!

  15. kassahun
    | #15

    I doubt China will go so far as repositioning its satelittes in space to jam ESAT for woyane. If it did, I will be surprised. My guess is a technical problem, or a low tech intereference from chinese in Ethiopia that the ESAT providers should be able to work around. If it is jammed, it is the Chinese, though.

  16. Semere
    | #16

    The blockage of ESAT’s broadcast was done by none other than Woyane. Of course, TPLF doesn’t have the capability to do it by itself, but uses the services of others who have used the same technique in the past. The Chinese Government is the one that is doing all it can .
    My proof is this: All TPLF websites, newspapers have been spreading negative stories about the people who started the Broadcast and trying to create doubts in the minds of Ethiopians that ESAT is really owned by foreign forces. It is when that fails they went ahead and spent millions to jam it.
    Surprisingly, none of these mouthpieces including AIGA have said anything about the blackout.
    Why you may ask. You don’t think they know? For sure, they are gloating over with happiness, and they would have loved to tell the whole world that ESAT has failed. They are not doing it now, for we would know who exactly is responsible for the so called failure – jamming. The criminal mind of theirs is lying low as if they don’t know and are not responsible for this (temporary) outage.

  17. ted
    | #17

    Milas Thanks,
    But DRAMA you are stupid & bone head!!!!
    Keep up the good work ESAT!

  18. Abera
    | #18

    Ethiopians were so thrilled by having this media to quench their thrust for a balanced news at least for a change. It was so sad that it lived so short. I hope it is temporary, though and who ever did it is a criminal.

  19. Mersha
    | #19

    To jam a satellite signal you the jamming satellite has to be close to the satellite that is targeted for jamming. ESAT uses Arabsat BADR-6 which is located at 26 degree E. There are two other satellites located here — Eurobird-2, owned by a European countries and BADR-4, owned by Arab league members. The next nearest satellites at 23.5E and 28.2E all belong to ASTRA, which is a European satellite provider. China does not have any satellite close to 26E. It is very unlikely that the signal is jammed. It is most likely technical or financial problem. Sources: http://www.usetm.com/tvro/26.0E.html, http://www.usetm.com/tvro/28.2E.html, http://www.usetm.com/tvro/23.5E.html.

  20. Abeba
    | #20

    እኔ ኣውሮፓ ነው የምኖረው:: በአረብሳት(Arabsat)የምስራቅ አፍሪቃን ስርጭቶች ማየት እችላለሁ::ነገር ግን በተጠቀሰው ፍሪኩዌንሲ(11785 MHZ), ESATን ለማየት ሞክሬ በጣም አነስተኛ ሲግናል(low signal)ስለሆነብኝ ሌላ የተሻለ receiver ለመግዛት ስንደፋደፍ ተጠልፍኣል የሚል ሳነብ ማመን ነው ያቃተኝ::
    ምን ያደርጋል አጀማመሩ ጥሩ ይመስል ነበር : ስርጭቱ ሊደናቀፍ ይችል ይሆን የሚል በህሊናዬ ውስጥ የሚመላለስ ስጋት ያስጨንቀኝም ነበር ::ምክንያቱም ነጻነትን በራሱ የተጎናጸፈ የቴሌቭዥን ፕሮግራም ለኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ተገኘለት- ተስፋና አለኝታ ሆነለት የሚያሰኝ ሙከራ ነበር::
    ያም ሆነ ይህ ዓይንህንና ጆሮህን እንደፍናለን የሚሉ ምቀኞችና ተባባሪዎቻቸው ተባብረው/ግምባር ፈጥረው ጥቃቱን ያደረሱትን ስውር ሃይሎች ተከታትሎ መድረስ ያስፈልጋል:: ይህ ከታወቀ ለመፍትሄው መዘጋጀትና ማስተባበር ቀላል ይሆናል እላለሁ::
    በጥቂቱ ካስር ሺህ የማያንሱ በየወሩ የሚክፍሉ አባላት አይጠፉምና በሌላ የሳተላይት ፍሪኩዌንሲ መሞክር አይክፋም::
    ሌላው እንደ አንድ አገር ወዳድ ለማስተላለፍ የምፈልገው: በያገሩ ያሉ የዲያስፖራ ራዲዮና ቴሌቭዥን ጣቢያዎች ወደ አንድ ጠንካራ ESAT ስራውን እንዲቀጥል እውቀታቸውንና ገንዘባቸውን እንዲያስተባብሩ/እንድናስተባብር ነው:: የተናጠል ጣቢያ ብዛት ላለንበት አስቸጋሪ ሁኔታ አንጀት አያርስም:: ጌዜ ማባከን ነው:: ስለዚህ ማሳሰቢያዬን ተረዱልኝ:: እኛን የማይወዱ ሁሉ በቡድን አብረው እየታገሉን መሆኑን አንዘንጋ !!!!

  21. ኢትዮጵያ ለኔ
    | #21

    ወያኔ የ21 ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን በሽታ ነው ከነዚህ የሚገላግለን ምን እንደሆነ አላውቅም::

  22. Abreha
    | #22

    Pro woyane trying to confuse people by bringing Eritrea’s name in to picture in this event …No doubt and confusion on this wOYANE DID IT but the question has to be how they did it ? so that we can have a soulution … but i want to tell you one thing …. WOYANE FOR SURE WANTS TO BE SURE THE CAPABILITY OF THE THIRD PARTY ON JAMMING SATELLIET TV BEFORE MAKEING ANY KIND OF PAYEMENT . Now they are ready to settle the paymenet so expect even more jamming a head.
    My heart is bleeding for poor Ethiopian people and people who died for freedom and democracy.

  23. Netsanet Zegeye
    | #23

    ALLELUIA! CONGRA FOLKS!ESAT has started its service as of yesterday afternoon, though sometimes it gets tracks due to bad signals caused by an attempt to jam it. Please tell those headless individuals who are trying to stifle the voice of the voiceless to get off their hands from Ethiopian people. Tell them not to worship the money snatched forcibly from the people by the murderous Woyannes. It is inhuman and disgusting to stand by the side of the oppressors for the sake of earning blood stained money collected from poor citizens.

  24. Anonymous
    | #24

    Who ever jammed ESAT is making a crime. its transmission is not also available in Sudan.

  25. Deg Yaseman
    | #25

    Was ESAT jammed or advertised with intentional broadcast interruption?

    Let’s wait and see.

  26. tomas
    | #26

    WOYANES BACKED BY THE ILLUMINATIES THAT ARE WEST( THE DEVIL WARSHIPERS)
    LOOK THE THE DEVIL STAR HE PUT ON OUR FLAG. HE IS OFFICIALLY A MEMBER OF THE DEVIL. JUST PRAY TO ALMIGHTY GOD SO THEY CAN BE DISTROYED

  27. Netsanet Zegeye
    | #27

    Here I am for the second time this day to express my deepest gratitude in connection with the restart of our ESAT TV and on the contrary the incident that the ETV of the Woyanne, taking its turn, has become dysfunctional as of 4:00pm today. What an interesting coincidence! ESAT has become the real Amharic ‘esat’ against the belligerent regime of the Woyannes. God bless us all.

  28. Habtom Zesilasie
    | #28

    What do you mean “Deg Yaseman”? How could you be such a skeptic person to the extent of suspecting ESAT’s staff advertising our popular new TV through disruption? Does it mean that this time of ours has made us suspicious of everything? You see, ESAT doesn’t need such intrigue of selling itself in the way you mentioned, that is typical of Woyannes’ way of immorality,OK? By the way, ESAT has been turned into popularity within few days of its inception. ESAT doesn’t need even my advocacy here. I am just expressing my concern that we should think twice before we speak once so that we may take care not to hurt the feeling of especially those people who are trying to save our country from the gluttonous pigs. If we keep on being cynic towards everything, it is not going to be yielding. It is, hence, sometimes good to be open-minded and positive thinker. Sorry for my peevishness.

  29. bibiy
    | #29

    tomas is right, this illuminati also belive that to control the media is to control the public.this is one of their stated agenda.remember, finances,law,government and education are the areas they targeted as being the best dominate society. simlply chosing MELES will easly get them 80 mil. people, so they can easly be lead to sodomy, witch craft,and total distruction of moral and finally hell with them. see the signs electronics,alcohol,sodomy,less quality of education,and so on…
    and ofcourse the devil star on the flag. wake up people

  30. KeraMan
    | #30

    IRAN is known to jam Arabsat in order to block programs from the West. ETV have had similar problems before; IRAN sometimes jams more frequencies than it intended. Most probably this is bad jamming from IRAN or a technical problem.

  31. Dr. Yared
    | #31

    ESAT we are with you keep up.

  32. mamush
    | #32

    MESSAGE TO MELES AND AZEB
    I believe Meles and Azeb have kids.I also believe they love thier kids obviously like any parents do. My quetion is how do you feel about millions of ethiopian kids,punishing their parents by taking their basic human right,throwing them in jail,losing their job, and even killing them. who is going to feed these kids. These parents that you oppressed also have love for their kids like you do for your own. Let me ask you. Do you really have heart? Forget the rest of us,don’t you even fear God. You are not only upsetting the whole world,you are annoying God himself be ready for the wrath that he will send upon your family. Good luck Meles and Azeb.
    from Toronto

  33. Anonymous
    | #33

    I have no word to express Meles’s and Bereket (Ertirians) extreem arogancy they are jammed VOA,ESAT, other any free media and Ethiopian peoples’ too and they are boring the people with their ugly propoganda so what will be the solution for ethiopian people. God blease Ethiopia and Please ESAT keep up your good and greate contribution for your country with your free and fair information

  34. እውነቱ
    | #34

    I am happy ESAT is an alternative tv for ethiopian people, and pray that it stays truthful and convaye true proffessionalism. It is the truth which lead us to freedom and democracy. ESAT, PLEASE STICK TO THE TRUTH. Our people has been confused by false propaganda ever since we remember.

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