February

Feb 28, 2019   Airtel Launches 4G sites In More Than 40 Cities In Kenya

Airtel Kenya has announced the rollout of more than 800 3G and 4G sites throughout Kenya in an attempt to boost its network coverage and improve customer experiences. Airtel hopes that the roll-out and upgrade of the sites will increase ...

Feb 28, 2019   MultiChoice Group Lists On JSE Amidst Compliance Complaint

The MultiChoice Group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Wednesday 27 February with a market capitalisation of over $3 billion. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) issued a statement hours later saying that it is concerned ...

Feb 28, 2019   MultiChoice Rolls Out MyDStv Mobile App In Kenya

MultiChoice has announced the launch of its new exciting mobile app, called MyDStv which has been tailored exclusively to the Kenyan market to offer minimal data consumption. The new app is available now for download in Kenya via the iOS ...

Feb 28, 2019   MTN To Collaborate With Eseye To Meet Demands Of IoT Customers In Africa

MTN has announced that it has partnered with the Global IoT services provider Eseye and the new AnyNet Federation to meet the needs of IoT customers. The AnyNet Federation wants to make the worldwide IoT landscape easier for AWS customers ...

Feb 27, 2019   MainOne And Facebook Join Forces To Provide Open-Access Fibre Network In Nigeria

MainOne Nigeria has announced that it has partnered with Facebook to roll out a metro fibre infrastructure project in two states of Nigeria. According to a statement issued by MainOne, the internet solutions provider is building and operating 750 km ...

Feb 27, 2019   Turner International To Launch SuperheroHQ Pop-Up Channel On DStv Across Africa

Turner International has provided more information about its Superhero HQ pop-up channel that it revealed in November 2018 would be coming in 2019. The media company announced that SuperheroHQ would run from the 15th to 31st March on MultiChoice's DStv ...

Feb 27, 2019   TNM Introduces New Digital TV Channel In Malawi

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) together with The Malawi Government-owned Digital Broadcast Network Limited (MDBNL) have introduced a new digital TV channel, Kiliye Kiliye on the TNM Mpamba payment platform. The new digital TV channel comes after the introductions of Zuku, ...

Feb 27, 2019   Telkom South Africa Appoints Two New Executives

Telkom SA SOC Ltd announced that the Chairman of the Telkom Board and independent Non-Executive Director Jabu Mabuza had resigned from his role on Thursday, February 21. The resignation will be effective as of 31 May 2019. Mabuza’s position will ...

Feb 26, 2019   “Convergence And Collaboration -Key To Value In The Digital TV Space..." Says Olusola Teniola, President, ATCON (Nigeria)

Olusola Teniola, the President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, believes that in order to create excellent stakeholder value and superior customer experience, the African media industry needs to deepen convergence and collaboration between the telecom and broadcasting ...

Feb 26, 2019   Netflix Acquires South African Teen Series ‘Blood & Water’ To Continue Its Push Into African Originals

In an effort to continue its mission to showcase original African content, Netflix has acquired the new South African teen series “Blood & Water.” The series is directed by Nosipho Dumisa and follows a local teen who uncovers her family’s ...

Feb 26, 2019   9Mobile’s Newly-Launched Promo Rewards Subscribers In Nigeria

9mobile has announced the rollout of its newly-launched reward scheme, Magic Hour Promo, to reward subscribers for three months.   According to a statement that was issued by the company, as from this month, the network will be celebrating and ...

Feb 26, 2019   Nollywood Calls For Bundled Broadband Services To Boost Nigeria’s Digital Content

Key players in Nigeria’s entertainment space, Nollywood, have urged the Nigerian government to make bundled broadband internet services widely available in its mission to diversify the country’s economy and boost the arrival of local digital content. At the Nollywood Economic ...

Feb 26, 2019   Expresso Telecom Subscribers In Ghana Advised To Port To Other Networks Following License Revocation

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced that subscribers of the country’s fifth network provider, Expresso will no longer be able to use their 028 (Kasapa Telecoms Limited) numbers unless they immediately port their numbers to other networks. The NCA ...

Feb 25, 2019   Reality TV Show ‘Our Perfect Wedding’ Nigeria Premieres On DStv’s Africa Magic

Africa’s leading video entertainment company, MultiChoice Nigeria announced that a new reality television show titled “Our Perfect Wedding” premiered on DStv’s Africa Magic Showcase on Sunday 24 February.   The company which considers itself to be the front-running entertainment provider ...

Feb 25, 2019   South Africa’s Department Of Communications Plans To Fast-Track Digital Migration

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has yet again promised to speed up the rollout of the digital migration project. The DOC said this in its plans in the Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) document that coincided with The South ...

Feb 25, 2019   Cell C’s CEO Steps Down From His Role

Cell C's Jose Dos Santos has decided to step down from his role as the mobile operator's Chief Executive Officer as from the 1st March 2019. Cell C announced in a statement that Dos Santos would now take up the ...

Feb 25, 2019   MTN SA In Hot Water With ICASA Over Unregulated WhatsApp Bundle Price Change

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s Complaints and Compliance Committee is scheduled to hold public hearings around MTN’s alleged violation of Regulation 9 of the Standard Terms and Conditions. The regulator stated that the company neglected to notify ...

Feb 22, 2019   M-Net And MultiChoice Sell Rights Of Several Shows To The Africa Channel In The United States

MultiChoice and M-Net have sold off rights to several locally-produced shows to The Africa Channel which is based in Los Angeles and broadcasts throughout the United States. Unfortunately, according to industry insiders, none of the actors, crew, talent or writers ...

Feb 22, 2019   MTN Appoints New Executive To Drive Group's OTT Music Services

Oyebowale Akideinde has been appointed by the MTN Group as the new Head of Over the Top (OTT) Music Services.   Akideinde has been given the responsibility of piloting MTN’s newly acquired music streaming platform, Simfy Africa.   According to ...

Feb 22, 2019   Vodafone Ghana Rolls Out A Range Of Eight New Data Bundles

Vodafone Ghana has rolled out eight bundles to replace its very long list of integrated bundles. The telecommunications company said that it had made this decision after discovering issues that were affecting customers, like indecision when selecting a preferred bundle ...

Feb 22, 2019   Media Council Reveals That Radio Still Has The Largest Audience In Kenya

The Media Council of Kenya has congratulated Kenyan radio journalists for overcoming all obstacles to make sure that Kenyans stay informed through the broadcasting medium. While speaking in celebration of World Radio Day, MCK’s Deputy CEO, Victor Bwire revealed that ...

Feb 21, 2019   Showmax Plans To Invest In More Original Content In South Africa After MultiChoice JSE Listing

MultiChoice Group is expected to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on the 27th of February, marking its first significant move as a standalone entertainment company. Naspers announced late last year that it would list the “Video Entertainment” business ...

Feb 21, 2019   Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria (BON) And BMA To Convene Key Stakeholders On Content Creation, Development And Distribution For Digital TV

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) - Africa’s Market and Industry Intelligence platform - working with the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will convene senior broadcast and media executives for the Industry Forum on Content Creation, Development And Distribution for Digital Television ...

Feb 21, 2019   AirtelTigo’s CEO Positive About Ghana’s Digitalisation Agenda

Ghana’s second largest mobile operator AirtelTigo is leading the digital agenda in the country because of its more extensive network coverage. In addition, the company is collaborating with smartphone manufacturers to allow increased access to the internet and make the ...

Feb 21, 2019   Telecel Zimbabwe In Two Minds About Roaming Activation

According to Telecel Zimbabwe’s Brand Manager, Farai Katiza, the mobile operator is reluctant to let its customers activate roaming on their own because of the current liquidity crunch. Telecel has confirmed that its customers are asked first to request that ...

Feb 21, 2019   StarTimes Nigeria Cuts Down Prices For Its Decoder And Antenna

StarTimes has cut down the prices of its antenna and decoder for new subscribers who are willing to purchase them up until the 31st of March.   The pay-TV company announced that the price reduction would be from $29,03 to ...

Feb 20, 2019   Amid Revenue Decline, Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa Says The Year Will Rebound

Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa broadband venture has had a slow start to 2019 as it closed off 2018 at a 4.4 percent decline in revenue. Excluding Other Revenues, the Paris-based Eutelsat’s total revenue decreased by 2.4 percent — a figure that ...

Feb 20, 2019   MTN Chooses Oracle Cloud Applications To Steer Digital Transformation

Mobile telecommunications giant, MTN has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to support digital transformations throughout all its core business operations. This new implementation will assist MTN in driving efficiency, integration and scale operations across its regional and local services. The Executive ...

Feb 20, 2019   New Video Streaming Service, Viu Launches In South Africa And Acquires Digital Rights To Popular SABC Shows

A new video-streaming service, Viu, from PCCW Media is launching in South Africa. Viu has already acquired the digital playback rights to the SABC's most-watched local shows such as Uzalo and Skeem Saam that are getting removed from YouTube at ...

Feb 20, 2019   Zimbabwean Film 'Another Wedding?' To Premiere On DStv’s Zambezi Magic

‘Another Wedding?’ is a romantic drama which features some up-and-coming and veteran actors from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe including Precious Makhulumo, Sarah Mpofu and Memory Kumbota. The film is set to premiere soon on Zambezi Magic (DStv Channel 160). The hour-long film ...

Feb 19, 2019   “Drama and series are the next big thing for Nigerian content producers” – Tunji Adebakin, COO – ULTIMA Limited and GET TV Nigeria

Tunji Adebakin, the Chief Operating Officer of Ultima Limited (and GET TV), has suggested that Nigeria’s content creators ought to focus on creating drama and series in order to generate mid-to-long term finance and equity in their businesses.   Tunji, ...

Feb 19, 2019   Netflix Unveils First Locally-Acquired South African Series, 'Shadow'

The video-streaming giant Netflix has revealed that it will be debuting its very first locally-acquired South African TV series, Shadow. The series is scheduled to become available on Netflix South Africa from Friday 8 March starring local actors Amanda Du ...

Feb 19, 2019   Orange Egypt And Telecom Egypt Sign New Bitstream Services Deal

The Egyptian fixed-line operator Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced that it has recently signed a new contract related to bitstream access services with Orange Egypt. In an official press release about the development, it was mentioned that under the new ...

Feb 19, 2019   Rwanda Announces Rollout Of Its First Smartphone Factory

In October 2018, the Rwanda-based technology company Mara Corporation said that it would soon invest $100 million in South Africa to manufacture affordable, high tech smartphones. The founder of Mara, Ashish Thakkar had noted that the African continent at that ...

Feb 19, 2019   ZEEL's Zee World Channel Celebrates 4 Years In Africa And Plans To Broadcast First Locally-Produced Content

Zee World (DStv 166), the Indian-focused channel is celebrating its fourth anniversary in Africa this month. To celebrate its rapid viewership growth within the continent, the TV channel will broadcast its first locally-produced content from April 2019. According to ZEE ...

Feb 18, 2019   Trace Inks New Deals For Content Sales In Africa

TRACE announced just before its participation in the 69th Berlin International Film Festival the conclusion of new sales deals in Africa. TRACE’s content distribution division took part in the “Berlinale Africa Hub” from the 9th to the 13th of February, ...

Feb 18, 2019   Safaricom Names Rose Ogega As Newly Appointed Board Member

Safaricom has revealed that Rose Ogega has been appointed as the newest member of its Board, following a meeting that the Board of Directors held on the 12th February 2019. Ogega was appointed to serve as a non-executive independent director ...

Feb 18, 2019   ICASA Declares That It Will License 4G And 5G Spectrum Without ECA Amendment Bill

A spokesperson for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) recently announced to Mybroadband that the regulator “can and will proceed” to assign 4G and 5G spectrum in South Africa, even though the amendment bill to the Electronic Communication ...

Feb 18, 2019   TVC Communications Opens Its New HD Studio In Nigeria

TVC news has announced that it has recently has unveiled a brand-new high definition studio in Lagos, Nigeria. Based on its hefty investment and on speculation by industry insiders, TVC is now in an excellent position to become the front-runner ...

Feb 15, 2019   Eutelsat Collaborates With Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation And Association Of Ethiopian Broadcasters For Video Capacity On Satellite

Eutelsat Communications has signed separate multi-year contracts with the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and for video capacity on its EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite. Reinforcing EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite’s coverage of Ethiopia, ...

Feb 15, 2019   MTN Transforms Mobile Internet Billing In Cameroon

MTN Cameroon, the leader of the country’s telecommunications market, has announced the rollout of a significant initiative in mobile Internet billing in Cameroon. When the subscriber's Internet bundle is depleted, their main airtime account will not automatically be debited for ...

Feb 15, 2019   Netflix’s Impact On South Africa’s Movie Theatres

According to research done by MyBroadband, the affordability and mass access that is provided by streaming services like Netflix and Showmax has South African cinema facing arguably its most critical challenge yet. The streaming services give users the ability to ...

Feb 15, 2019   MTV Base’s Reality Show ‘Choose Or Lose’ Returns To The Screen In Nigeria

MTV Base’s thought-provoking roundtable show, “Choose Or Lose”, made its return to Nigeria’s TV screen on Wednesday 13 February 2019. The show had in the past featured Nigerian Rapper Vector, Comedian Frank Donga, as well as On-Air Personalities, Gbenga Aborowa, ...

Feb 14, 2019   “Adapt… to stay relevant” was the clarion call from participants at the recently concluded Industry Forum on OTT Content Streaming And VOD Services

The two-day event was presented by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in association with the Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) and took place on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th February 2019 at the Radisson Blu (Gautrain) Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...

Feb 14, 2019   Naspers Releases $1.4 Billion To MultiChoice Shareholders, According To Reports

Naspers recently announced that it was unbundling the shares of the MultiChoice Group (MCG), which will be listed separately on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) later this month. Naspers, South Africa’s largest company, has grown into a cash-generative African video ...

Feb 14, 2019   Showmax Joins Forces With AFDA To Produce Local Student Films In SA

Showmax and the South African School for Film and Arts AFDA, have announced that they will be partnering up to offer local filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work on the video-on-demand platform. The streaming company released a statement declaring ...

Feb 14, 2019   NCC Serves Telcos With Hefty Fines for Not Complying With Regulations

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined the four leading network operators in the country a staggering $200 000,00 for various violations. In 2018 the NCC had spoken out about some noncompliance by the country’s network providers such as the approval ...

Feb 14, 2019   Analysts Reveal That South Africa’s 5G Rollout Will Take Longer Than Expected

In South Africa, the commercial rollout of 5G network technology might take longer than anticipated. This is according to an observation made by Saurabh Verma, the Head of ICT at Frost & Sullivan Middle East and Africa, in the business ...

Feb 13, 2019   StarTimes Announces That It Has 3 Million Subscribers In Nigeria

StarTimes’ Overseas Public Relations Director, William Masy has disclosed that approximately 3 million Nigerians are subscribed to the organisation’s services and products throughout the country’s six geopolitical zones. Masy announced this recently to a delegation of Nigerian Journalists at the ...

Feb 13, 2019   ICASA Makes Amendments To South Africa’s Telecoms Regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has made a few amendments to the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter, which is set to be effective as of 28 February 2019. The regulations order mobile operators to roll over data ...

Feb 13, 2019   NCA Ghana And Togolese Regulator To Meet And Discuss Spectrum

The National Communications Authority (NCA) plans to hold a bilateral frequency coordination meeting with Togo, to resolve and collaborate issues related to the usage of Radio Spectrum along the Ghana-Togo Border. The meeting will be attended by the Togolese regulator ...

Feb 13, 2019   E-Media Introduces ITV On DTT In Senegal

After the launch of the radio station iRadio (90.3 FM) and the website www.emedia.sn in October 2018, the E-Media group in Senegal has completed its offer by rolling out its flagship channel iTV on the DTT platform in Senegal.   ...

Feb 12, 2019   South Africa: MultiChoice Served With ICASA Complaint Ahead Of JSE Listing

A non-profit organisation has filed a complaint seeking to prevent the MultiChoice Group from listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange later this month without the approval of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). According to an interim ruling ...

Feb 12, 2019   StarTimes Adds Plus TV Africa: 24-hour News Channel To Its Offering

StarTimes, the leading digital Pay TV Company has announced that it will be adding PLUS TV Africa, a 24-hour news channel which will be available on all StarTimes bouquets and on Channel 308 on digital terrestrial television (Antenna). According to ...

Feb 12, 2019   Telkom Kenya And Airtel Kenya Announce Upcoming Merger

Telkom Kenya has confirmed that it plans to merge with Airtel Kenya to form a new joint venture called Airtel-Telkom to boost its market share in the unbalanced telecoms space. According to a joint announcement made by the companies, the ...

Feb 12, 2019   Ethiopia Gears Up To Create New Telecoms Regulator

According to a report by the Addis Standard, Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers has issued a new order calling for the inception of an independent federal government body to manage the regulation of the communications sector. Having agreed unanimously to the ...

Feb 11, 2019   Rwanda To Launch Its First Telecom Satellite

Rwanda is preparing to launch its very first telecommunications satellite which will be sent out into orbit from the international space station. The operation is in accordance with the agreement inked last year between the Japanese and the Rwandan government ...

Feb 11, 2019   SuperSport Signs Deal To Make EFC Available On Its Platform In Sub-Saharan Africa

SuperSport has secured a multi-year broadcast deal with the Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC), which will come into effect in March. The pay TV sports channel has also doubled down on their commitment to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) after also joining ...

Feb 11, 2019   Media Council Of Kenya Orders Researchers To Provide Accurate Data

The Media Council of Kenya is putting together measures to promote the availability of credible media data to help in the decision-making process of advertising by corporates and media agencies. The CEO of the Media Council of Kenya, David Omwoyo ...

Feb 11, 2019   NCC Announces That 60 Million Nigerians Will Enjoy Broadband Internet

The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umaru Danbatta has announced that sixty million Nigerians will now enjoy broadband Internet. Danbatta made this announcement at a conference on National Broadband Plan hosted by the Association of Telecommunications ...

Feb 08, 2019   MultiChoice's Showmax To Launch Its First Local Travel-Comedy Show ‘Trippin’ With Skhumba’

The South African streaming service, Showmax has recently announced that its original show ‘Trippin’ With Skhumba’ is in production and will soon be available to subscribers. ‘Trippin’ With Skhumba’ is Showmax’s third original show after ‘The Girl from St Agnes’ ...

Feb 08, 2019   Vodafone And Facebook To Roll Out Express Wifi In Ghana

Facebook has joined forces with Vodafone Ghana to introduce an Express Wi-Fi facility in many of the residential areas of Ghana. The service gives Ghanaian citizens living in distant areas that have a shortage of fiber optic cables access to ...

Feb 08, 2019   Sony Pulls Two More Channels From Cell C Black

Cell C black is losing two more TV channels with the kids’ channel POP and True Movies - both from Sony Pictures Television Networks - also being taken down. The removal of the two channels comes after Sony Pictures Television ...

Feb 08, 2019   Sirius Telecoms Launches MVNO Services In Senegal

Sirius Telecoms has announced that it has launched the first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) ‘Promobile’ in Senegal. Promobile is owned by the Senegalese business tycoon Mbackiou Faye and is the first virtual mobile network operator in the country to ...

Feb 07, 2019   DStv Reveals That It Has Secured More Subscribers Than Netflix In Africa

The MultiChoice Group has shared its investor roadshow presentation, in which it lists what the company has to offer investors. The launch of the presentation follows the MultiChoice Group releasing its pre-listing statement in accordance with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s ...

Feb 07, 2019   Africom, PowerTel And Zarnet Form A Merger In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube has introduced the country’s public enterprises reform programme, saying that it will bring efficiency to the economy. Addressing the media at a briefing after this Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Professor Mthuli ...

Feb 07, 2019   South Africa’s Competition Commission Says It Will Not Prosecute MultiChoice And SuperSport

The Competition Commission of South Africa has released a statement announcing that it will not be prosecuting SuperSport and MultiChoice after complaints pertaining to their “abuse of dominance”. It decided not to prosecute because it didn’t see any reasonable prospects ...

Feb 07, 2019   Veon Wants 42% More Stake In Egypt's Global Telecom Holdings

The global provider telecommunications services provider Veon said it would officially present an offer with the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority to acquire an additional 42.3% stake in the Asian and Africa telecom operator Global Telecom Holdings that is listed in ...

Feb 06, 2019   NCC Plans To Introduce New Broadcast Policy In Nigeria

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has revealed that it plans to introduce a national policy that will facilitate the enforcement of copyright law to boost the operation of the broadcast sector for rapid national development. The Director-General of NCC, John ...

Feb 06, 2019   MTN Shares Drop Despite Expected 20% Higher Annual Earnings

The mobile operator MTN’s share price has dropped despite announcing on Monday 4th February that it was expecting to report annual earnings of at least 20 percent higher. The share price ended the day at 2.54 percent lower at R85.86 ...

Feb 06, 2019   CRAN Says No Radio Broadcast Licenses Will Be Issued In Namibia For 15 Months

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has imposed a 15-month suspension on the issuing of spectrum licenses in the country’s FM radio broadcast frequency. A media statement issued by CRAN announced that the suspension affects license applications in the ...

Feb 06, 2019   Great Zimbabwe University Launches State-Of-The-Art Campus Radio Station

The Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) has built a state of the art radio broadcast studio at the campus in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, positioning itself as the front-running institution in hands-on training following countless calls from the media industry for the specialised ...

Feb 05, 2019   Airtel Plans To Invest $2.4 billion To Push 4G In Africa

With its Indian business under pressure, Bharti Airtel Ltd has made the decision to pay attention to its Africa unit and is prepared to spend as much as $2.4 billion to expand its high-speed 4G data network across Africa. The ...

Feb 05, 2019   History Is Made In Nigeria As NBC Launches VoD, Free Tv

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has launched the much-anticipated video on demand (VoD) platform, PlayVoD, in collaboration with Play Tv and Free Tv.   PlayVoD is a service that allows subscribers access to premium Nollywood Movies through the use of ...

Feb 05, 2019   China Rolls Out Satellite TV Project In Uganda

The Chinese government has just wrapped up a digital television project that will give digital television access to over  500 villages across Uganda. The project named Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages, is among the top 10 major ...

Feb 05, 2019   MultiChoice's Big Brother Naija Auditions Bring Nigeria To A Standstill

Auditions began on Friday 1 February for the fourth season of Big Brother Naija, and judging by the turnout and comments on social media, this year’s auditions have possibly recorded the highest population in the history of the show.   ...

Feb 04, 2019   Sony Pictures Television Networks Pulls Sony Channel And Sony Max From Cell C Black

Last year Sony Pictures Television Networks announced that it had decided to leave Africa. In November its Sony Channel and Sony Max channels went dark on MultiChoice’s DStv pay-TV service, and now the two channels have also been removed from ...

Feb 04, 2019   Nollywood Widens International Reach And Secures A Bright Future For Nigerian Films

Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood has grown in the past decade. It has gone from million-dollar budgets to Netflix collaborations that have made the industry a creative force to be reckoned with. The Nigerian filmmaker, Faraday Okoro said that in the ...

Feb 04, 2019   South Africa’s Premier Soccer League Threatens To Shut Down If ICASA Breaks DStv Monopoly

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) has revealed that it is against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA’s) plans to amend the Sports Broadcasting Services Regulations. The purpose of the amended regulations is to make big sporting events ...

Feb 04, 2019   MTN Reduces Prepaid Out Of Bundle Rates

MTN has decreased its out of bundle (OOB) data rate by 75% for prepaid customers. The telecoms giant said that prepaid customers who are not making use of data bundles will now pay only 29 cents per megabyte for their ...

Feb 01, 2019   StarTimes Nigeria Welcomes New CEO As Justin Zhang Takes A Bow

The StarTimes Group has announced that it has appointed Mr David Zhang as its new Chief Executive Officer for StarTimes Nigeria. His appointment is immediately effective and David is the successor of Justin Zhang, who completed his term as CEO ...

Feb 01, 2019   South Africa’s SABC Places A Hold On Planned Mass-Retrenchments

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it will not be retrenching employees this year. This follows the national public broadcaster’s decision not to renew the notice of consultation on retrenchments which had expired. In September last year, ...

Feb 01, 2019   Telecel Zimbabwe Targets The SoHo Market With New Data Offers

Telecel Zimbabwe revealed that it is boosting its LTE offering with new data offerings that include broadband internet connectivity using wireless modems for the SoHo market. As Zimbabwe's economy deteriorates, telcos are exploring other value propositions to increase and maintain ...

Feb 01, 2019   'The Voice SA' To Premiere On M-Net This Week

DStv’s Channel 101, M-Net has announced that it will be rolling out a number of changes and also returning popular shows that the audience can enjoy as soon as this weekend, Such as the third season of ‘The Voice SA’ ...

Feb 16, 2018   Nigeria: Conference On Content Building And Management For Broadcasters In Lagos, Next Week

Delegates are geared up to participate at the 4th international conference on Content Building And Management For Broadcasters, coming up on the 20th and 21st of February at the Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel in Lagos - Nigeria. The industry summit ...

Feb 16, 2018   Supersport Agrees For SABC To Broadcast Rugby Tournaments Free-Of-Charge

Cash-strapped South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has secured a concession from DStv's Supersport that will allow them to broadcast SA Rugby tournament on SABC radio stations. According to Mr Gideon Khobane, the Chief Executive Officer of SuperSport, they decided to ...

Feb 13, 2018   Multichoice Puts Out Request For Bids For A 24-Hour CNN-Style News Channel

Multichoice South Africa is said to be announcing a request for bidders to launch a 24-hour news channel on the DStv platform. According to a report from South Africa's Techcentral, Multichoice is keen to see how many bids it receives, ...

Feb 08, 2018   Nigeria: Startimes Invests US 20 Million Dollars Annually In Entertainment Industry

Startimes, a leading Pay-TV company in Nigeria has declared that it had invested more than US 200 Million Dollars into the Nigerian entertainment industry over the past ten years. This assertion was made by Ms Guo Zi Qi, Vice President ...

Feb 08, 2018   South Africa: March 31st Is Deadline Date To Receive Subsidised Set-Top Boxes

The South African Department of Communications (The DoC) has announced that Saturday 31st March 2018 is the deadline date for registration of citizens that are qualified to receive government subsidised digital set-top boxes in the Free State and North West ...

Feb 08, 2018   Nigeria: COSON Unhappy With Copyright Infringement Case Won By MCSN

With barely a week since a Nigerian Court awarded the sum of US 17Million Dollars to Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, MCSN as special damages for copyright infringement against Multichoice Nigeria, COSON has stated its disagreement with the judgement. According ...

Feb 06, 2018   Nigeria: Linda Ikeji To Launch Lifestyle And Entertainment Channel On DStv

Linda Ikeji, the acclaimed Nigerian entertainment and lifestyle blogger, is set to launch an entertainment and lifestyle channel on DStv and online streaming platforms. According to sources close to the 37-year-old blogger, Ms Ikeji has been working assiduously to line ...

Feb 06, 2018   Avanti And Global Partnership for Education Give Access To Education In Africa

Avanti Communications Group - a leading provider of global satellite data services, has entered into a partnership with Global Partnership for Education (“GPE”), to provide access to quality education for kids in rural Africa. Based on its “Every Community Online” ...

Feb 06, 2018   South Africa: Multichoice Did Not Lean-On Communications Minister For Favours, Says CEO

Multichoice South Africa has refuted allegations in recent industry press that it had lobbied the Department of Communications (DoC) under the leadership of Ms Faith Muthambi for favourable decisions on the country's digital migration. According to a statement from the ...

Feb 06, 2018   South Africa: MultiChoice To Ditch ANN7; Plans For A New 24-Hour News Channel

Multichoice South Africa has announced that from the 1st of September 2018, it will no longer carry the 24-hour news channel ANN7. The Gupta Family owns the channel. A statement from Mr Calvo Mawela, the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa ...

Feb 02, 2018   Mali: TNSSAT Describes Itself As The Sole Signal Carrier DTT

According to the Ecofin Agency, TNTSAT Africa is, authoritatively, the sole signal carrier for Mali's digital terrestrial network (DTT). Before now, there has been constant confusion in the country over whom was responsible for carrying digital TV signals to homes ...

Feb 02, 2018   Kenya: TV Stations Still Blocked - Despite Court Ruling To The Contrary

Further to our report on Tuesday 30th January that the government of Kenya has blocked some TV stations from broadcasting in protest to their planned coverage and broadcast of a mock presidential "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga, it seems ...

Feb 02, 2018   South Africa: ICASA Sets Up Major Investigation Into 'Suspicious' Payments By MultiChoice

ICASA, the regulator for South Africa's Broadcast and Communications industry, is said to have launched an investigation into some 'suspicious' payment activities that have been conducted by DStv Multichoice. Sources report said that following a complaint lodged by the South ...

Feb 02, 2018   Hisense Aims To Deliver FIFA World Cup Games Via TV Apps In South Africa

Hisense, a manufacturer of TV and technology equipment, is reported to have approached DStv and Cell C in South Africa with a bid that would allow it distribute and provide coverage of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia to ...

Feb 27, 2017   Morocco Re-Joins The African Union Of Broadcasters (AUB)

Morroco have been elected to rejoin the the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB). This decision was ratified at the organisation's10th general assembly, which ended in Dakar, Senegal on Friday 24th February 2017. The re-joining request was launched the Moroccan radio ...

Feb 23, 2017   SES And Globecast To Drive Content Distribution For TRT World

Satellite and media company, SES, has shown strong intent with expanding its global distribution initiative by announcing a collaboration partnership with  the news platform TRT World. TRT World, a Istanbul (Turkey) based news organisation,  will provide news content that will ...

Feb 22, 2017   Showmax Partners With The Q You In East Africa

Showmax, the South African based video-on-demand (VOD) provider has entered into an agreement with The Q You (a short-form video channel) to help develop and deliver 'localised' content in East Africa. According to ShowMax, The QYou was selected for its ...

Feb 22, 2017   EBS Will Provide Kwese With EPG Services

Broadcasting & Media Africa understands Kwese TV (the Econet Media pay TV platform) will deploy metadata services from EBS. Recognising the need for consumers to be able to locate content easily and quickly across a variety of devices, KWESE TV ...

Feb 21, 2017   Nigeria's 'Niger Radio' In New N300m ($1m) Deal To Digitise

In a recent statement the acting general manager of Radio Niger, Mr Andrew Achanya announced that state government had signed a contract to digitise the radio station. This announcement comes in commemoration of World Radio Day. Mr Andrew Achanya said ...

Feb 21, 2017   South Africa Communications Regulator Postpones Spectrum Auction

ICASA, the South Africa communications regulator, has announced via a Government Gazette that it will be postponing the planned auction of the Spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz and 2,6GHz bands "until further notice". Watchers are asking whether this move has ...

Feb 20, 2017   Facebook To Launch TV App - Globally.

Facebook recently announced that it would launch a new television app enabling them to compete with traditional TV channels and the likes of Youtube. The app will be available from app stores for  Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung ...

Feb 20, 2017   Neotel Finally Completes Joining The Liquid Telecom Group

Neotel, a South African communications network operator, is finally now a member of the pan-African group Liquid Telecom. Liquid Telecom is a subsidiary of Econet Global. Liquid Telecom plans to spend the spend the next few months expanding an upgrading ...

Feb 20, 2017   RedTV Enters Francophone Africa With A Launch In Cote d’Ivoire

Online lifestyle channel RedTv recently launched a Francophone version in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The Launch event also saw the screening for RedTv’s first Francophone TV series, Boutique Hotel. The move sees RedTv expand into 10 French speaking countries, all of ...

Feb 13, 2017   Andrew Hanlon Is New CEO Of Nigeria's Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS)

Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS) Limited announced that Andrew Hanlon would its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective mid-February 2017. Andrew Hanlon, who is from the Republic of Ireland, has extensive experience in the industry. He is a founding director of TV3 ...

Feb 12, 2017   SA Companies Consider Legal Action After Digital TV Box Orders Are Suspended

Cz Electronics and Leratadima, two black-owned South African businesses have entered an arbitration process with Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa). The two companies were set to provide Usaasa with decoders for South Africa’s digital TV migration ...

Feb 07, 2017   Kwese TV Now Offering AMC Channels

Kwese TV announced that it would be offering a 24 hour AMC channel for African audiences. This forms part of Kwese TVs expansion; it recently launched its full entertainment and sports bouquet. AMC, available on Channel 130, offers fan favourites ...

Feb 07, 2017   Vodacom To Help Showmax Launch ShowMax Select

ShowMax and Vodacom recently launched ShowMax Select exclusively to Vodacom subscribers. For only R45 per month, customers will receive access to ShowMax’s comprehensive catalogue of Tv shows and movies. ShowMax Select has a particular focus on local content with over ...

Feb 05, 2017   Africa's ShowMax Launches VOD Service In Poland

African video on demand (VOD) service, ShowMax announced that it would be expanding into Europe by launching its platform in Poland. The move will make ShowMax, which is already offered in 36 African countries, a multi-continental VOD service. ShowMax Poland ...

Feb 03, 2017   ICASA - SA Communications Regulator - Say No To E.TV’s Prime Time News Move

E.tv’s plans to move news out of primetime have been halted after South Africa's communications regulator, ICASA denied their request to have their licensing conditions changed. ICASA rejected the plans because such a move would not be in public’s interest ...

Feb 01, 2017   Monetisation Opportunities For Live Streaming Platforms In Africa

Riding on the explosion of the mobile/smartphone market penetration, live video streaming has experienced a tremendous expansion of both social media and traditional mobile platforms. The live streaming field is one that is growing at a very fast pace. Video ...

Feb 01, 2017   DSTV Watching UHD/4KTV Landscape Closely

As the global industry standard for the acclaimed ultra high definition (UHD/4K) broadcast technology emerges, DSTV - Africa’s leading Pay-TV company says they are monitoring developments closely. Asked why DSTV is yet to follow other leading broadcasters around the world ...

Feb 01, 2017   "Media Must Be For The People And Accessible To All" - Faith Muthambi, SA Communications Minister

South Africa’s Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi has re-emphasised media's role in the social transformation of South Africa. Addressing delegates during an engagement breakfast meeting of the Media Development and Diversity Agency of South Africa, she highlighted the importance of readily ...

Feb 01, 2017   OTT Television and Video Streaming In Africa - Resolving The Data Challenge

The advent of non-linear television has merged streaming quality with real-time viewing. Today’s viewers are easily bored, have very short attention spans and have a variety of content and viewing options available. There is no-tolerance to glitches or buffering delays ...

Feb 01, 2017   Content Exchange Hubs and Platforms - Scenarios for Broadcasters in Africa

Now more than ever, broadcasters in Africa need to meet the demand for high-quality content. The market for African TV content is expanding rapidly, with a growth of more than 20% each year. The move to digital content has brought ...

Feb 01, 2017   Africa’s Broadcast Media And The Digital Ecosystem - The Content Challenge!

With the plethora of TV, Radio and media content readily available on various kinds of platforms, it goes without saying - or even thinking - that the consumer, these days, can afford to choose at leisure not only what they ...

Feb 01, 2017   Funding and Financing of Local Content - Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities

The need for funding and financing of high-quality local content has drastically increased over the past few months. This is because the migration from analogue to digital television means more bandwidth is freed up and available. More local channels will ...

Feb 01, 2017   Protecting Broadcast and Audio-Visual Content - Resolving Africa’s Piracy And Digital Rights Issues

Protecting audio-visual content is about tackling piracy and achieving successful digital rights management. Many broadcasters and other content producers and publishers across begin to deliver content over the internet, either as a streamed or on-demand offering, protecting and securing these ...

Upcoming Programmes & Activities

TV Content Development, Distribution and Monetisation Forum

25th - 26th June 2019

Swakumpond | Namibia

Broadcast Infrastructure and Platforms For A Converged Media Ecosystem

21st - 22nd August 2019

Johannesburg | South Africa

Broadcasters and Media Convention - Nigeria 2019

27th - 28th August 2019

Lagos | Nigeria

Radio Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa

23rd - 25th September 2019

Johannesburg | South Africa

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