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May 31, 2018   Ghana: MTN To Raise About $750 Million In Initial Purchase Offer (IPO)

Reports have indicated that MTN’s Ghana operation is making efforts to raise 3.47 Billion Ghanian cedis (USD750 million) in a 35 per cent Initial Public Offering (IPO). IPO monitors are saying that the leading telecoms operator MTN, in what is ...

May 31, 2018   South Africa: MultiChoice Supports Advancement In Artificial Intelligence (AI) Skills

South Africa's media giant MultiChoice and the University of Pretoria has entered into a partnership that aims to develop and sustain skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and specifically machine learning technology. In this collaboration, MultiChoice will be sponsoring a research ...

May 31, 2018   Cartoon Network Returns Toya Delazy In "The Powerpuff Girls" To African Screens

Cartoon Network Africa is making plans to offer viewers with an all-new episode of kids favourite, "The Powerpuff Girls", in June 2018.   South African pop sensation, Toya Delazy, in her ongoing collaboration with Cartoon Network, will again voice out ...

May 31, 2018   Kwesé Signs Major Advertising Gigs Ahead Of FIFA World Cup 2018

Leading Sports media company, Kwesé TV has announced that it has signed advertising deals with major brands for the FIFA World Cup 2018 taking place in Russia. Alongside that agreement, the company has sub-licensed its rights to the football tournament ...

May 31, 2018   Kenya: Citizens Must Acquire License To Post Videos Online Or Pay USD1000 Fine - KFCB

Thousands of Kenyans are outraged at a new law that took effect yesterday which demands that they have to acquire a filming license to post a video for public viewing on social media or face fine imposition.   This new ...

May 30, 2018   GHOne TV Introduces Cooking Show For Kids In Ghana

Ghana-based entertainment TV channel, GHOne TV is staging a new children’s show titled "Mystery Basket Junior"  to give an opportunity to children to show their cooking skills on television. In the newly introduced cookery programme, kid chefs will be given ...

May 30, 2018   Uganda: UCC Wants Connectivity For All, Partners With Intelsat

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has signed a partnership contract with Satellite operators, Intelsat and Gilat Satellite Networks to provide high-speed telecom services to under-served locations of the Eastern African country. The agreement stated that the communications regulatory body would ...

May 30, 2018   Angola To Experience A Boost In Mobile Subscriber Penetration

Mobile subscription penetration in Angola is forecast to reach 72 percent in 2023, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. Angola which is considered Africa’s second largest oil producer after Nigeria, reached 43 percent of mobile subscription penetration in ...

May 30, 2018   Nigeria: Rebranded 102.3 Max FM Clinches No.1 Music Station In Lagos

The rebranded 102.3 MAX FM is shown to have increased its audience share from 14 percent in March to 26 percent in April  according to figures just released by All Media and Products Survey (AMPS) Max FM has been now ...

May 30, 2018   Kwesé TV Brings 2018 FIFA World Cup For Free To Malawi

The leading pay-Tv company, Kwese has announced that viewers in Malawi, a South Eastern African country now have the opportunity to watch the FIFA 2018 World cup games just by purchasing a Kwese decoder. Country Manager, Kwese Television, Wonder Msiska, ...

May 28, 2018   Kwese Signs Former Chelsea's Midfielder John Mikel Obi As brand Ambassador

Leading Pay-TV operator in Africa, Kwesé has signed John Obi Mikel, Nigeria's Super Eagles captain as their first official brand ambassador. The former UEFA Champions League, Premier League and now Chinese Super League player, will represent the sports broadcaster’s services ...

May 28, 2018   Ball-By-Ball Commentary As BBC Radio Gets Cricket World Cup 2019 Rights

The BBC has acquired the radio commentary rights to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for BBC Radio. Test Match Special will broadcast live commentary of next summer’s tournament on the BBC Sports website. The 12th ICC Cricket World Cup ...

May 28, 2018   The DRC Mobile Operators In A 4G Rollout Race

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a decision by the government to issue 4G licenses has kindled an immediate response from mobile operators who are moving to outpace each other to roll out the 4G service in the country. ...

May 28, 2018   African News Agency And TV BRICS Enters Major Content Distribution Partnership

The African News Agency (ANA) entered into a new agreement with the TV BRICS networks with the aim to distribute African content among the people of the BRICS nations. Chief Executive, TV BRICS,  Pavel Pautov said that TV BRICS and ...

May 28, 2018   South Africa: Subscribers Still Can't Choose Their Preferred Channels On DSTV

Leading Pay-Tv operator, Multichoice South Africa is embracing several strategies that would help it deal with the “unregulated’ competition it faces from over-the-top (OTT) internet streaming services. However, the company has said that despite all the strategies it will be ...

May 25, 2018   Tastemade Joins YouTube TV And Available To South Africans

Youtube, the world's number one video streaming platform is adding to its lineup, a 24-hour linear channels from Tastemade, a travel, food and lifestyle media company. This channel will also be available in South Africa. One of the key reasons ...

May 25, 2018   Kenya: Tottenham FC's Victor Wanyama Becomes DSTV SuperSports Ambassador

With a few weeks to the 2018 Fifa World Cup, MultiChoice has signed Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder, Victor Wanyama as "DStv Connect with Greatness Ambassador" on SuperSport. MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director, Eric Odipo, while speaking at yesterday deal signing event said ...

May 25, 2018   South Africa: ICASA Prepares For 5G Networks; Hosts The 5G Huddle!

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in support of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) will be hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle on the 29 to 30 May 2018 in Durban, South Africa.  The 5G Huddle, which ...

May 25, 2018   Camtel And SatADSL In Alliance To Expand BroadBand Service In Cameroon

Satellite broadband services specialist SatADSL has signed an agreement with Camtel, Cameroon's national telco to make available broadband service across the central African country, as well as its rural communities. As part of a pilot launch, SatADSL is already providing ...

May 25, 2018   South Africa: MTN Checks Out Huawei Technologies To Solve Spectrum Challenge

Reports have revealed that MTN Group have commercially deployed the CloudAIR 2.0 offering in South Africa, using technology from Huawei Technologies that allows it to share spectrum between 2G, 3G and 4G services, instead of allocating resources entirely to one ...

May 24, 2018   Nigeria: StarTimes Is Adding Exciting New Channel To Its Bouquet

Chinese owned digital Pay TV Company, StarTimes have added a new channel called St.Nollywood+, dedicated to Nigerian and Ghanian movies. The company said this is in fulfilment of its commitment to see that customers enjoy the best possible entertainment they ...

May 24, 2018   Nigeria: NBC Shuts Down Reach FM With Linked A Politician

Regular listeners of eastern Nigeria based radio station Reach Fm 104.7 would be wondering why they can't receive a signal from its frequency anymore. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has put the lid indefinitely on Reach FM, a newly established ...

May 24, 2018   SES Demonstrates The First Ever Broadcast Of 8K Television

Satellite operator and video provider SES will be breaking world record by broadcasting for the first time an 8K television signal via its satellite system. The incredible 8K demonstration will be transmitted via an Astra with four times as many ...

May 24, 2018   Ghana: PlayBox Technology Help Upgrade Citi TV To A New HD Channel

Information technology company, PlayBox Technology in partnership with TV & Communication Systems (TVC) a system integrations company and Vision in Motion has announced the completion of a significant project for Ghana’s Citi TV. The project includes the design and integration ...

May 24, 2018   South Africa: eMedia Group Suffer A USD128 Million Loss, Blames Tough Economic Conditions

eMedia Holdings, owners and operators of free-to-air e.tv channel, the 24-hour news channel eNCA and OpenView HD platform has announced declared a USD 128 Million loss for the 2018 financial year, from a profit of USD 12.8 Million in 2017. ...

May 23, 2018   Vodacom Tanzania Seeking Better Revenue Opportunities

In Tanzania, the leading telecoms network provider Vodacom, which is also the main telecoms organisation listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, is consulting with the Tanzanian government and other cellphone administrators in the nation about a possible expansion ...

May 23, 2018   Comsol, Samsung And Verizon Collaborates To Bring 5G To South Africa

Telecommunications provider Comsol Networks has announced its collaboration with tech giants Verizon and Samsung, to roll out 5G wireless service in South Africa. In a signed agreement, there will be the distribution of a wireless solution that rivals ‘FTTx’ offerings, ...

May 23, 2018   Kwese Free Sports Partners With NTV To Bring FIFA World Cup To Kenyans

With just three weeks to the 2018 Fifa World Cup kick-off, NTV Kenya and Kwese Free Sports (KFS) hosted an “advertisers’ experience” in Nairobi on Tuesday to announce the tournament’s viewing package and advertising opportunities available for viewers in the ...

May 23, 2018   South Africa: Cell C's 'Black' To Compete With Netflix With Its Local Content Advantage

South Africa's Black, the new streaming platform launched last year by mobile operator Cell C, is responding to pressure to succeed in the streaming business to avoid being a number in the statistics of local players who tried and failed. ...

May 23, 2018   BON Works With Kwese Free Sports To Bring Live World Cup Matches To Nigeria

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and Kwese Sports have signed an agreement to delight football fans in Nigeria with the free live action of every  FIFA World cup matches on terrestrial television. BON Chairman, Mr John Momoh while explaining ...

May 22, 2018   South Africa: Cell C’s Black Is Convinced OTT Platforms Are No Threat To Broadcasters' Jobs

The CEO of 'Black' - the new streaming platform from South Africa's Cell C -  Ms Surie Ramasary has said that although Netflix is a competitor, it is not preventing local media companies from thriving and it does not pose ...

May 22, 2018   SES Expands It's Commitment To Global Disaster Relief Efforts

Leading satellite operator SES alongside other members of the satellite community has signed a contribution agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP), to support the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster’s (ETC) global disaster relief efforts. This contribution agreements are an urgent and ...

May 22, 2018   M-Net Announces New Epic African Series

M-Net is showing its commitment to local storytelling with an updated slate of new productions that will offer compelling viewing for DStv subscribers and take African stories to the world. The giant entertainment company has announced the launch of a ...

May 22, 2018   Kwesé TV and TBC Partners To Bring The 2018 FIFA World Cup To Tanzanians

Kwese Free Sports (KFS) a sports channel on Kwese TV has signed an agreement with the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), allowing the state Broadcaster to air live the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled to kick off  in Russia from June ...

May 21, 2018   ZBC Plans To Launch Security Service Channel During Digital Switchover

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has announced its plans to introduce a security services channel as part of a line-up of programmes planned for digital television broadcasting. According to the CEO of ZBC, Patrick Mavhura, the security and other channels ...

May 21, 2018   Vodacom To Offer LTE Services In Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC)

Leading Mobile Network Provider Vodacom has announced that it will provide Long Term Evolution Services (LTE) services, with speeds in exceeds 20Mb/s in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Chief Operating Officer International Markets at Vodacom Diego Gutierrez has said ...

May 21, 2018   Zimbabwe: BAZ Grants TelOne License To Operate VOD Service

TelOne, a telecommunications operator in Harare, Zimbabwe has acquired an operating license from  the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to provide a video-on-demand (VoD) service The announcement was made by BAZ reads: “Please note that TelOne (Pvt) Ltd has been ...

May 21, 2018   South Africa: BRCSA Report On TV Shows With The Highest Audiences

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for April 2018, detailing the most-watched shows on leading pay and Free-to-Air TV in the country. The BRCSA report does not give the total viewership of ...

May 21, 2018   More Home Viewership Of The FIFA 2018 World Cup In Africa - Research

A leading research service platform from Africa, GeoPoll has released a report which indicates that across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and Tanzania, about 70 to 83 percent of African women plan to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup ...

May 20, 2018   South Africa: Vodacom Group Grows Customer Base And Increases Revenue

Vodacom Group has reported a 6.3% increase in annual revenues to $6.9 Billion which came from mainly service revenues. In the 12 months leading to the end of March 2018, Vodacom reported that it had won 7 million new customers ...

May 20, 2018   Nigeria: 9Mobile In Muddy Waters For Violating Regulatory Rules On Promotion

The troubled 4th largest network provider in Nigeria, 9Mobile has entered into the black books of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for allegedly running promotion without approval which is in violation of the regulator's rules. The Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring ...

May 20, 2018   e.tv Gets Go Ahead To Show Condom Ads During Scandal TV Programme!

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa has ruled that commercial free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv, is allowed to broadcast condom adverts during its prime-time soap, Scandal! The Reckitt Benckiser's ad shows a man and woman touching and kissing each other, and ...

May 20, 2018   Sentech Loses USD 12 Million Yearly Due To Digital TV Delay

South Africa's broadcasting signal distributor Sentech has announced that the delay in the execution of its digital migration programme costs it a yearly loss of R150 Million (12 Million US Dollars). According to the Communications Minister of South Africa. South ...

May 17, 2018   Vuclip Launches A Variety Of Ramadan Shows For Viewers In MENA

Leading Video-on-demand service, Vuclip has announced the introduction of Hob El Tayebin on Viu, a-15 episode family comedy show featuring Saudi social media stars to mark the Ramadan. The show through a flashback technique that is full of humour and ...

May 17, 2018   StarTimes Supports SOS Children’s Villages For Vulnerable Families In Africa

Chinese owned StarTimes Media, and the philanthropic SOS Children’s Villages International have signed an agreement in Nairobi (Kenya) geared towards supporting families and children that are vulnerable, with an emphasis on youth empowerment which is an item on the United ...

May 17, 2018   Nigeria: Teleology Determined To Succeed in 9mobile Take Over Bid, Releases A 10-Point Agenda

Teleology Holding's acquisition of the embattled 9mobile may succeed, despite the controversies that have followed the process since inception. Reports are saying that even though Teleology Holdings will most likely not be disqualified from acquiring Nigeria's 4th largest network, the ...

May 17, 2018   Malawi: MACRA Instructs Broadcasters To Submit Audited Accounts Or Face Penalty

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has urged broadcasters in the country to adhere to the obligation which states that they should submit their annual audited accounts or risk license revocation. The regulatory body's technical advisor on digital migration, Benson Tembo ...

May 17, 2018   VIMN Africa And Multichoice's MNet In Collaboration To Produce New Local Contents

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) has entered into a partnership with MultiChoice, to produce and broadcast exciting lineups of local content that showcases the best of Africa’s talent and creativity in May and June 2018. VIMN Africa’s channel ...

May 16, 2018   South Africa: eTV Operator, eMedia Launches News Focused TV Channel

The owner of etv and eNCA André van der Veen has announced that it would launch a second television news channel which will be named OpenNews and will be aired on the OpenView platform. The CEO said the timeline for ...

May 16, 2018   StarSat Collaborates With SPI International To Launch FilmBox in SA

SPI International owners of FilmBox’s channels plans to launch  FilmBox Africa HD, and FashionBox HD plans on  StarSat DTH and OTT platforms in South Africa which will give StarSat Africa subscribers access to FilmBox Africa. StarSat Customers also have the ...

May 16, 2018   MultiChoice Plans To Offer Streaming-Only Service From 2019

Africa's Pay-TV - MultiChoice has said that in the coming year, it will fully launch a stand-alone internet or over-the-top (OTT) version of DStv to attract pay-TV subscribers who can and want to watch premium pay-TV content online. MultiChoice South ...

May 16, 2018   Zimbabwe: Broadcasting Authority Bestows Broadcasting Licence To Zimpapers TV

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has granted the thirty-eight-year-old Zimbabwe Newspapers Ltd a tv broadcasting licence making the media firm the first and only fully integrated media house in the country with a footprint in publishing and digital, printing and ...

May 16, 2018   South Africa: Why Streaming Services Like Netflix Can't Be Regulated - ICASA

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has said that over-the-top services like Netflix are not regulated like their subscription TV counterparts because these streaming services do not fall within the authority of ICASA or the Film and Publications ...

May 15, 2018   YouTube Upgrades, Adds Trending Chart Listing Features To Include Kenyan Music

The most popular online video viewing channel, YouTube has carried out an upgrade of its app and has added a Trending Chart listing on its application in addition to top songs, artists and videos. In a post, Chris Clark, Product ...

May 15, 2018   Nigeria: MultiChoice Launches World Cup Campaign, Reduces Prices DStv And GOtv Decoders

The General Manager, Sales and Marketing for Multichoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho while speaking at the launch of its world cup campaign programme announced a price slash for DSTV and GoTV decoders during the 2018 World Cup period. The leading pay-TV ...

May 15, 2018   DSTV May Introduce Pay-As-You-View Service In Nigeria

Reports are indicating that DSTV Nigeria may soon offer the Pay-As-You-View option to better compete in the pay-Tv industry. The Pay-As-You-View or pay-as-you-consume option is a pricing strategy in television broadcasting that allows a viewer to pay a specific fee ...

May 15, 2018   YouTube Red: Why Is Yet To Be Available In South Africa?

YouTube the most popular video streaming app began to improve its original programming production and distribution in 2018, which it released through a premium subscription service known as YouTube Red. One of the contents that landed very recently on YouTube ...

May 15, 2018   South Africa: The Morning Show Replaces Sunrise On e.tv

The management of e.tv has decided to replace Sunrise with The Moning Show after a decade of struggling to retain viewership. The Morning Show is a production of Cheeky Media, producers of "Real Talk with Anele" on SABC3 and the ...

May 14, 2018   South Africa: ANN7 New CEO Is Asking SABC To Pay R144 Million Debt

The new owner of ANN7 and The New Age, Mr Mzwanele Manyi, is demanding R144 Million from the SABC for the business breakfast shows they held with the public broadcaster. Industry reports suggest that Manyi has begun arbitration proceedings on ...

May 14, 2018   South Africa: ICASA Needs Empirical Evidence That Netflix Is Affecting DStv Revenue

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is yet to believe that streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon are the reason  MultiChoice’s is experiencing massive revenue loss. Chief Executive of MultiChoice South Africa, Calvo Mawela had presented his ...

May 14, 2018   Kenya Is Experiencing Low Pay-TV Subscription Due To DTT And Streaming

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has released a report which indicates that pay television subscription in 2017 plummeted for the first time in three years, partly because of stiff competition from digital TV platforms. The KNBS report contains ...

May 14, 2018   Zimbabwe Emraces Technological Convergence, Marries BAZ and POTRAZ

The Zimbabwean Government through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting, George Charamba, revealed that it has decided to consolidate Zimbabwe Post and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe(BAZ). According to Charamba: ...

May 11, 2018   South Africa: Free-to-air TV In South Africa In Jeopardy: Broadcaster e.tv Forewarns

The South African free-to-air commercial broadcaster e.tv has alerted the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)  on the urgent need for protection because the free-to-air TV market in the country is in a hazardous situation and risk losing their ...

May 11, 2018   Nigeria: Telcos May Face Sanctions Unless They Publish QoS Performances- NCC

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has given a directive to mobile network providers to publicly publish their Quality of Services (QoS) performances or face penalty in line with the regulations guiding the telecoms industry.   According to the Executive Vice ...

May 11, 2018   South Africa: Broadcasters Calls For A Limit On Pay-TV Advertising Revenue

Free-to-air commercial broadcaster in South Africa has informed the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)  of its concerns over the sudden proliferation of digital streaming services like Naspers' Showmax, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others in South Africa. In ...

May 11, 2018   iflix Begins Business Operation in Egypt, Aims To Dominate MENA

Video-on-demand streaming service, iflix, has announced it has signed an agreement with Vodafone Egypt to provide unlimited access to its digital content to mobile users in the North African nation. Vodafone would bring to subscribers the iflix library consisting of ...

May 10, 2018   South Africa: DStv Is Unjustly Profiting From Us Says SABC

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has complained that commercial broadcasters like DSTV are are being exploitative to the financial detriment of SABC as they are abusing the regulation, which requires Satellite pay-television providers to carry the SABC’s three free-to-air channels ...

May 10, 2018   South Africa: MultiChoice Is Concerned About Netflix; Says Thousands of Jobs At Risk

MultiChoice is worried that if Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) proceeds with unfriendly regulations for the pay-TV market, thousands of jobs in South Africa would be at risk. Netflix employs around 4,000 staff for the whole group in ...

May 10, 2018   Nigeria: Telcos May Face Sanctions Unless They Publish QoS Performances- NCC

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has given a directive to mobile network providers to publicly publish their Quality of Services (QoS) performances or face penalty in line with the regulations guiding the telecoms industry.   According to the Executive Vice ...

May 09, 2018   Nigeria: Telco Stakeholders Appear Before Nigerian Senate Over Dropped Calls, Others Issues

The Nigerian Senate Committee on Communications has summoned the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the country's network providers to appear before the house in a bid to resolve the incessant complaints from subscribers over unsolicited adverts and dropped calls. According ...

May 09, 2018   Burkina Faso Announces Extension Of The O3b Access Agreement With SES Networks

The Burkina Faso government and SES Networks have signed an extended new multi-year deal which will enable the local administration of the West African country to continue using high-speed connectivity to roll out e-government, e-health and e-education services. SES announced ...

May 09, 2018   South Africa: As Vumatel Rolls Out Across The Country, DStv Market Share Would Dip

Digital TV operators in South Africa are worried that as fibre broadband rolls out in the country's townships, people will migrate from satellite TV services to online platforms. Research that DStv made this statement, which indicates that once a subscriber ...

May 09, 2018   Nigeria: TVC Collaborates with The BBC To Broadcast African Focused Contents

One of Nigeria’s leading independent Television and radio broadcasting company, TVC Communications has today announced a major programme partnership deal with BBC News. The agreement indicates that the two television channels (TVC News and TVC) both operated by TVC Communications ...

May 08, 2018   South Africa: Vodacom Group CEO Advocates For 5G Spectrum

Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub has said that South Africa risks falling further behind the rest of the world if the 5G spectrum is not allocated as soon as possible adding that they should not wait for current policy discussions ...

May 08, 2018   Fox Networks Group Restructures, Announces New Executive Team In Africa

Giant media firm, Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe and Africa have installed a new executive team structure for the business in Africa with Evert van der Veer joining the team as General Manager and Vasilis Iliopoulos as Senior Vice President ...

May 08, 2018   South Africa: Cell C Shakes Up Industry With Big Streaming Deals To Subscribers

South Africa Cell C have notified the public of new data offerings designed to increase use of social media and streaming services on their networks. Cell C has said that, for the next three months, it will provide all customers ...

May 08, 2018   Multichoice Gives An Estimate Of Number of Subscribers on NetFlix in South Africa

MultiChoice has revealed that video-on-demand platform, Netflix, has an estimated subscriber base that ranges between 300,000 and 400,000 in South Africa since its launch in January 2016. Netflix however, does not break down its international subscriber numbers by country. CEO ...

May 08, 2018   Kenya: StarTimes Introduces Pay-Per-View Service, Launches App

StarTimes Marketing Director Japhet Akhulia has announced that viewers can now pay for various bouquets ranging from daily, weekly and monthly plans. Akhulia made said this launch of Kenya’s first mobile TV platform- Startimes App which will enable users to ...

May 07, 2018   Burundi Suspends Operation of BBC, VOA Ahead of May 17 Referendum

Burundi's National Communication Council announced on Friday that they had suspended operations by the British Broadcasting Association (BBC) and Voice of America (VOA) for six months accusing them of breaching press laws in the country. This ban by Burundi media ...

May 07, 2018   MTN, Africa's Telecom Giant, In USD450 Million Repatriation Problem

Reports state that MTN faces the risk of not being able to repatriate about R4.6 billion from Iran if US President Donald Trump persuades his allies in Europe to re-enforces ban on the middle east nation. MTN Group has been ...

May 07, 2018   CNBC Africa Recognised As Best Business Television Of The Year

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has presented to CNBC Africa the 2018 Award for “Best Business Television”. The award which aims to recognise the very best of business journalism comes in recognition of the CNBC's efforts to ...

May 07, 2018   Nigeria: NCC Suspends Operating License Of COSON Over Breach Of Regulation

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has withdrawn the operating license of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) as a Collective Management organisation for music and sound recordings in the country. The decision of the commission to suspend COSON is under ...

May 07, 2018   Zimbabwe: Econet Acquires Broadcasting License

Leading telco network provider in Zimbabwe, Econet, has landed a government license to distribute broadcast content, do webcasting and provide Video-on-Demand (VoD) services under its Econet Media unit. Econet Media owns Kwese TV, a pay-TV platform that directly competes with ...

May 04, 2018   BBC To Get More Funding Via Adverts On Podcasts Outside UK

The BBC has announced it will start running adverts on its podcasts available outside the UK; a move made to source for new funding to supplement the BBC Worldwide's existing financial income. Listeners can listen or view global podcasts with ...

May 04, 2018   Nigeria: MultiChoice May Consider Pay-As-You-Watch Television

Reports are indicating that Multichoice Nigeria might consider adopting a 'Pay-As-You-Consume' soon depending on if available technology enables it. The pricing scheme of the pay-as-you-watch would mean subscribers who opt to such would be charged according to their content consumption. ...

May 04, 2018   Pay TV Players In South Africa Push For Regulation Of Netflix And Amazon

Leading video and entertainment company, MultiChoice has called on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to ensure an equal level playing field for all broadcasters in the country regardless of the platform or technology through which they make ...

May 04, 2018   StakeHolders Discuss How To Realise Shared Spectrum Access At DSA Global Summit 2018

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit 2018, the world's largest conference on wireless spectrum sharing held its sixth annual conference in London with a focus to solving the challenge of access to spectrum. A discussion panel at the event themed: ...

May 03, 2018   Nigeria, Ghana Stimulates MTN's Quarter One Growth

MTN has reported a 9.1% year-on-year increase in service revenues for its first quarter of 2018, explicitly naming its Ghana and Nigeria operations as responsible for driving the growth. Shuter also noted that MTN, a dominant mobile force in South ...

May 03, 2018   Nigeria: NBC Warns Broadcast Media To Steer Clear Of Divisive Broadcasting

The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) through its Director-General, Ishaqu Mobiddo Kawu,  advised the media to avoid broadcasting contents that are divisive because of the critical role it is playing in Nigeria's democratic dispensation. Kawu said this while speaking at the ...

May 03, 2018   Malawi: Huawei Lauds Government For Success On National Fibre Backbone Project

Huawei Malawi Country Director, Wan Wei has applauded the Malawian Government for successfully carrying out the National Fibre Backbone Project and bringing into operations, the Malawi Digital Broadcast Network Limited (MDBNL) which will be responsible for managing the digital migration ...

May 03, 2018   DStv To Develop "Streaming-Only" Packages

Africa's leading pay-TV platform, DStv is working on a streaming-only version of the service which will put them in competition with video-on-demand service providers like Netflix, iflix and Showmax. MultiChoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela told MyBroadband. This report comes ...

May 02, 2018   Uganda: UCC Stops Existing Pay TV Licensing Structure, For A Revised One Within A Week

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has suspended the implementation of the existing licensing framework for pay TV service providers, with a promise to release a revised version within one week. The existing licensing regime, which had come into force very ...

May 02, 2018   Orange, Vivendi And Canal Olympia Cinemas Network Partners To Bring More Big Screen To Africa

Orange and Vivendi have signed an agreement with CanalOlympia, the leading network of cinemas to launch twenty cinemas by the end of 2018 and several dozens in the next few years in Africa. This collaboration is aimed at meeting the ...

May 02, 2018   South Africa: M-Net launches "The Wild Ones" - A Local Wildlife Series

M-Net channel 101 has announced its plan to launch a new South African wildlife series titled "The Wild Ones" which covers a variety of ecological topics and will debut on the channel on Sunday, 6 May at 15h00. The Wild ...

May 02, 2018   BBC Launches "Africa Eye" - A New Investigative TV Programme For Africa

Africa Eye is a new documentary platform from the BBC. The new strand which launches today will provide up to 20 original and high-impact investigations from across Africa on a yearly basis. Commissioning Editor for TV  Nisha Kapur, says: “Africa ...

May 02, 2018   Nigeria: Channels TV Joins The International Press Institute As Corporate Member

Channels TV, a leading Nigeria's news and current affairs station has joined the International Press Institute's (IPI) (IPI) as a corporate member ahead of the IPI 2018 World Congress scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria. Channels TV is considered ...

May 31, 2017   SABC Seeking To Overturn Deal With Gupta Owned 'The New Age' and 'ANN7.'

The interim board of South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is looking to review and possibly reverse its arrangements with the Gupta family-owned outfits 'The New Age' and 'ANN7.' According to reports from The Business Day (a South African newspaper), a ...

May 31, 2017   Burkina Faso: Eutelsat Enters Multi-Year Free-To-Air DTT Deal With Digital Agency

In Burkina Faso, the Societe Burkinabe De Telediffusion is the country's agency responsible for delivering digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels, and it has now entered a transmission deal with satellite provider Eutelsat. Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Eutelsat ...

May 31, 2017   DStv South Africa To Pay 13 Million US Dollars Fine For Price Fixing

DStv South Africa has agreed to pay a fine of US 13 Million US Dollars to the Competitions Commission of South Africa for price fixing. According to a statement from the Commission, DStv Media Sales believes it might be foul ...

May 30, 2017   South Africa: ICASA Holding Public Meetings For Free-To-Air TV And Radio Licenses

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced the dates and locations for its proposed series of public workshops with respect to the applications for "Individual Commercial Free-to-Air Television Broadcasting Service Licence(s) and Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence (Mux 3 ...

May 30, 2017   SABC Finds Use Of 'Landmark' Platform For Managing Radio Ads Challenging

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is reportedly finding it challenging to manage its Radio ads inventory successfully. Industry reports seen by Broadcast Media Africa showed that the SABC might have lost upwards of US 16 Million Dollars since deploying the ...

May 30, 2017   StartTimes Grants US 7Million Dollars To Rwanda Broadcasting Agency

The Chinese Government, via the Startimes Group, will be providing a grant of up to US$ 7Million To Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) to help it establish a modern, state-of-the-art, media production and broadcasting facilities in Rwanda. According to RBA's Director ...

May 26, 2017   Kenya Leads DTT Migration In Africa, Says President Of Startimes Group

President of StartTimes Group, Mr Pang Xinxing, has declared Kenya as the leading country regarding the transition from analogue to digital TV signal in Africa. He made the declaration at the ongoing African Digital TV Development Conference taking place in ...

May 26, 2017   Generating Quality Content Is A Big Issue, Says Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC)

Mr Waithaka Waihenya, the Managing Director of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has acknowledged that the ability to generate and access quality original local content is one of the biggest challenges faced by his organisation. Kenya's regulatory authorities require broadcasters to ...

May 26, 2017   Future of Nigeria’s Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem: Technology, Content, Platforms and Devices - BON

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has confirmed that the upcoming international industry meeting in Lagos, will be based on the theme: The Future of Nigeria’s Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem: Technology, Content, Platforms and Devices. In a statement to Broadcast Media ...

May 24, 2017   Data Center Business In Africa Not Driven By OTT/VOD But By Financial Services

Broadcast Media Africa understands that the main reason why data centre development are still lagging in Africa is because most of the online video data consumed in Africa are hosted in data centres across Europe. This issue has been highlighted ...

May 24, 2017   Multichoice To Carry Sundance TV On DStv South Africa From June 1st

Multichoice have signed what is reported as 'an exclusive deal' with AMC Networks International (AMCNI) that will bring Sundance TV to the DStv platform in South Africa. The deal will - commencing on 01st of June 2017 - see a ...

May 24, 2017   Cameroun Targets 2018 To Complete Digital Switchover

The Inspector General in Cameroon's Ministry of Communications, Prof. Felix Zogo have told industry press that he expects Cameroun to complete the analogue to digital migration by the end of 2018. Speaking in Beijing, China, Prof Zogo said further funding ...

May 23, 2017   StarTimes Glad-Hands Africa's Ministers And Regulators At Beijing TV Summit

ICT and Media ministers from a variety of African nations are in Beijing China to attend the 'African Digital TV Development Summit' at the invitation of StarTimes. Ministers, policy makers and regulators from countries including Nigeria, the Central Africa Republic, ...

May 23, 2017   Massive Investment Required To Drive Data Explosion In Africa: Funke Opeke, CEO, Main One

Ms Funke Opeke, the Chief Executive Officer of Main One, has urged global TMT investors to participate in the 'data explosion' happening across Africa. She joined other key players in Africa's data wholesale business at the International Telecoms Week summit ...

May 23, 2017   Nigeria Govt. Starts "N-Power Creative Programme" To Supercharge Media Industry

The Nigeria government has announced a 'massive' development and support programme for the country's creative and media industry. Tagged the "N-Power Creative Programme", the initiative is planning to equip up to 70,000 creative industry professionals with the requisite mordern skills ...

May 23, 2017   'China Radio & TV' Tops Global Pay TV Operator's List, Followed By 'AT&T.'

Research published by Digital TV Research showed that China Radio & TV is the world largest Pay-TV operator (by subscriber numbers) with more than 200million subscribers. In revenue terms, the report stated that most of the income generated within the ...

May 22, 2017   MultiChoice To Allow Compact+ Subscribers Access New Premium Channels

Multichoice is offering its Compact and Compact+ customers the opportunity to access and watch some of its more premium content and channels free-of-charge. Calling it the 'Open Window', DStv Compact+ customers will from the 29th May to 23rd of June ...

May 22, 2017   e.tv Not Planning To Close OpenView HD Platform

Despite the launch of four previously 'exclusive' OpenViewHD channels on DStv, e.tv says it is not planning to phase-out or close its OpenViewHD platform. On the contrary, eMedia Investments have confirmed that the OpenView HD business is growing ever stronger ...

May 19, 2017   Is Naspers Looking At Selling 'Multichoice Africa' To MTN?

Broadcast Media Africa understands that media giant Naspers is contemplating the sale of its Pay-TV property - MultiChoice Africa. As we understood it, the potential sale will not include MultiChoice South Africa, which is still considers "very profitable". The thinking ...

May 19, 2017   SABC Will Pay Royalties Owed To Artists As Soon As Finances Improve

The Southern African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has informed the Public Accounts Committee of the South African Parliament that it owes up to 75 Million Rands (about 6 Million USD) in outstanding royalty payments to artists, with the assurance that the ...

May 18, 2017   Zuku Owner - Wananchi - To Sell Telecoms And Internet Services Businesses

Further to the restructuring taking place at Wananchi Group, the company has now agreed to sell three (3) of its underperforming businesses - Wananchi Telecom, SimbaNet and iSAT - to Synergy Communications. As previously reported on this platform, Wananchi Group, ...

May 18, 2017   Kwese Agrees To Provide TV Content To Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has entered into a content services arrangement with Kwese TV. The deal will see the Namibian public service provider tapping into Kwese TV for some music and sports programmes. The agreement, concluded earlier this week ...

May 18, 2017   Reports: Hundreds Of Industry Jobs To Go At Wananchi Group

Sources close to Wananchi Group are reporting that the company is about to lay-off hundreds of staff. The company is currently undergoing major restructuring aimed at helping it better compete with smarter and more focused companies. Alongside the retrenchment exercise, ...

May 17, 2017   Scrap TV Licenses Altogether In South Africa, Says Consumer Union

In South Africa, the South African National Consumer Union (SANCU) has objected to the proposed extension of TV licence fees to people's PCs, smartphones and tablets. According to reports by the website My Broadband, SANCU is also asking the authorities ...

May 17, 2017   e.tv Brings Four New Channels To The DStv Platform In South Africa

South Africa's broadcast giant, e.tv, has announced it would be adding four (4) of its packaged channels currently on OpenView HD to the South African DStv bouquet. The channels are going to be available on DStv from today, 17th May ...

May 17, 2017   SABC's Acting CEO James Aguma Removed From Position!

Industry news sources in South Africa have reported that Mr James Aguma - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s incumbent CEO - has been relieved of his position. According to news websites My Broadband and FIN24, the Communications Minister, Ms Dlodlo, has ...

May 17, 2017   BBC Looking To Spend 10 Million Dollars (US) On New Production Studios In Africa

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has again indicated that it is looking to invest up to 10 million USD in the future of Africa's digital media industry. According to the organisation, the investment will focus on establishing and developing new ...

May 15, 2017   Canal+ Loses Customers, Sees Africa As Source Of Growth

France's Canal+ is reported to have lost more 400,000 subscribers in past 12months. It now has just over 5million customers on its platform. That said, the Canal+ Group still is very bullish about its future, saying it is now witnessing ...

May 15, 2017   Eutelsat Experienced A 4 Percent Dip In Revenues In Quarter Three (Q3)

Eutelsat, the global satellite services operator, has reported a dip in revenues from its array of services. According to a press statement by the company, Eutelsat experienced a drop in sales of about 4% for the quarter end of March ...

May 15, 2017   South Africa: Content Creators Want SABC 90 Percent Local Content Policy Continued

South Africa Creative Workers Union (Cwusa) is pleading with South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s interim board to consider carefully, and engage extensively, with all stakeholders before it takes the decision to axe the 90% local content policy. Cwusa is the ...

May 11, 2017   Is Strive Masiyiwa Spending Another 1.2 Billion Dollars On Kwese TV?

Is Econet Media ready to invest another 1.2 million US dollars to support its Pay TV platform - Kwese? The answer is yes! According to the website Techzim. Techzim said a leaked Econet Media 2016 business plan indicates that Mr ...

May 11, 2017   Eutelsat Selected To Provide Capacity For 'Ethiosat TV' Platform

Ethiopia's Information Network Security Agency (INSA) has agreed on a multi-year contract with Eutelsat for the Ethiosat TV platform. Recently launched Ethiosat TV is to provide 'a unified transmission platform' for TV and media services in Ethiopia. It will also ...

May 11, 2017   SABC Seeks To Amend Broadcasting Act To Generate More Revenue

Channel24, a South Africa's News website is reporting that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is looking for new ways to generate additional revenue from viewers. Accordingly, Mr James Aguma, SABC CEO is reported to be lobbying the country's parliament ...

May 11, 2017   Ericsson's Nuvu To Link Up With Airtel Nigeria For An SVOD Play

In Nigeria, the Nuvu platform from Ericsson is teaming up with Airtel Nigeria - a mobile operator - to offer video on demand (VOD) and OTT TV services to its customers. Under the terms of engagement, Airtel subscribers will be ...

May 10, 2017   3rd International Summit On Digital Broadcasting In Nigeria Opens For Registration

Registration is open for participation at the 3rd international summit on digital broadcasting in Nigeria slated for the 22nd - 23rd of August 2017 in Lagos Nigeria. Presented by the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) with Multichoice Nigeria as Lead ...

May 10, 2017   Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Gets A New Management Board

A new management board is in place at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). Chief Duro Onabule will chair the board with,  members comprising of Abdul Hamid, Steve Egbo, Salisu Dembos, Fatima Bada, Mohammed Labo, Wole Coker and Stephen Okpanachi. The ...

May 10, 2017   MTN To Launch A Brand New TV Service...In Cyprus!

MTN, Africa's largest mobile network, is reportedly launching a new TV service. To be called MTN TV, it will operate out of Cyprus. MTN TV, according to industry reports, will initially take content and channels from the BBC, Scripps and ...

May 09, 2017   South Africa Digital Migration Status: New Minister Favours Set Top Box Encryption?

Reports from local press and sources close to the new Communication Minister of South Africa, Ayanda Dlodlo, are suggesting a readiness to abandon the policy of a 'non-encrypted digital set-top box' that is currently in place in South Africa. Former ...

May 09, 2017   YouTube To Drive Further Into Original Content And Programming

YouTube, the global OTT TV giant, has announced that it will further focus on bringing blockbuster original content and programming to its platform, a move that will further pile the pressure to traditional TV. YouTube has decided to enter the ...

May 09, 2017   Nollywood Film Directors To Be Recognised At The Paris Film Festival

Five leading Nollywood directors from Nigeria are to be highlighted and appreciated during the forthcoming Paris Film Festival from 11 May to 14 May 2017. The film festival will have a dedicated section to promote Africa's largest film industry - ...

May 08, 2017   Pay TV Market In Sub-Saharan Africa Could Be Worth 7 Billion Dollars (US) By 2020

The Pay TV market in sub-Saharan Africa may be worth 7 billion US Dollars by the year 2020, according to Mr Simon Murray of Digital TV Research (a UK-based industry research company). A recently released report indicated that the Pay ...

May 08, 2017   Pay TV Will Drive 90% Of Global Video Market - Gartner Research

Gartner Research latest industry report shows that Pay TV will substantially drive the global video market. According to the international research firm, Pay TV services will make up almost 90% of the world's USD 314 billion video market. The main ...

May 08, 2017   DEOD Signs Telecom Operator Partners In Zimbabwe and Zambia

In our previous report on DEOD - Africa's newest VOD platform - we asked whether the organisation has plans to roll-out across Africa. It turns out that they might do. Industry sources are saying that Discover Digital (owners of DEOD) ...

May 05, 2017   Nigeria: NTA Launches New 'TV Series' To Promote Social Values

The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), in collaboration with a consortium of private producers and funders, is launching a new TV series called "100 Ways To Win A Husband." According to the TV station, the thrust of the show - which ...

May 05, 2017   Multichoice To Allow Subscribers 'All-You-Can-Watch' With M-Net Binge

Multichoice MNET is promoting its new all-you-can-watch channel called "MNET Binge". According to the organisation's official website, the new channel is a 'weekends-only' service that provides DSTV premium customers across Africa with the opportunity to watch and also record their ...

May 05, 2017   'DEOD': A New Video Streaming Service Debuts In South Africa

Just as MTN VU is withdrawing from the African Video-On-Demand (VoD) space, a new service provider entered the market yesterday. The new service is "DEOD", brought to the market by the South African company 'Discover Digital'.  "DEOD" is offering live ...

May 05, 2017   Canal+ Adds Showtime Channels/Shows To Its Platform

French Pay TV giant, Canal+, is reported to have entered into an 'output' distribution agreement with CBS Studios International to bring Showtime's channels and shows to its platform. According to online industry magazine, TBI Vision, this distribution agreement will see ...

May 03, 2017   MTN Exits Video-On-Demand (VOD) Market - Shuts Down MTN VU

MTN, Africa's largest mobile operator, has called time on its VOD service offering - MTN VU. In a recent communication to its customers, MTN said that the VOD service will cease, effective today 3rd May 2017. The company's foray into ...

May 03, 2017   South Africa May Miss New Digital Migration Deadline Of June 2018

A South Africa parliamentary committee have raised fresh concern about the ability of the country to meet its new digital migration deadline of June 2018, which was set by the former Communications minister. Reports indicates that a variety of issues ...

May 03, 2017   BBC To Put African Viewers As Front And Center Of A Global Strategy

The BBC it seems, is taking the African TV viewer (and radio listener) more seriously. The UK's leading public service broadcaster have embarked on an 'aggressive' strategy to provide content and services that are "pan-African" and reflects "a wide range ...

May 02, 2017   East Africa Capital Partners Out As OPIC Takes Over At Zuku (Wananchi)

The control of Wananchi Group Holdings, the company that owns and runs the Zuku (the triple-play media services company based in Kenya) is now reported to be in the hands of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Overseas Private Investment ...

May 02, 2017   South Africa: Digital TV Set-Top Box Makers To Take Govt. Agency To Court

A few digital TV set-top boxes manufacturers in South Africa are resorting to taking legal action against the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA). The contracted set-top box manufacturers, it is understood, are seeking redress for their ...

May 02, 2017   Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) Will Host Key Global Industry Leaders

The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has announced that it will hold its 3rd Annual International Summit on Digital Broadcasting In Nigeria (and 68th General Assembly) on the 22nd – 23rd August 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria.  BON is the umbrella ...