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Nov 30, 2018   Orange Plans To Launch 5G In Africa And The Middle East

Orange revealed that it plans to bring 5G services to Africa and the Middle East (AME) from 2020, but there are still some challenges to overcome, especially when it comes to low-cost network infrastructure solutions and power consumption. The Senior ...

Nov 30, 2018   Africa’s Mobile Phone Market Declines In Q3

According to a report compiled by the International Data Corporation (IDC), Africa's mobile phone market has dipped by 2.1% quarter on quarter (QoQ) in Q3 2018. The Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker released by the consulting firm showed that overall shipments ...

Nov 30, 2018   Liquid Telecom And Western Cape Plan To Offer Public Wi-Fi to 6.6 Million People

In South Africa, Liquid Telecom has recently joined forces with the Western Cape government to bring up the number of free public Wi-Fi hotspots across the region from an insignificant 178 to 1,600. This will offer 6.6 million residents access ...

Nov 29, 2018   SABC Wants Hlaudi Motsoeneng To Pay Back R21.7 million

The severely cash-strapped South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) is attempting to recover R21.7 million (over $1.5 mil USD) from its disgraced former boss, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Included in that amount are an illegal succession fee and R10.2-million (almost $800 000,00) for ...

Nov 29, 2018   Eutelsat Communications’ Konnect Africa Launches Satellite Internet Access Offers In The DRC

Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of the giant satellite operator Eutelsat (Paris:ETL) which provides satellite broadband on the African continent, announced the deployment of its Internet access offers throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo. The ICT Development Index that is published ...

Nov 29, 2018   Safaricom Market Share Takes A Nosedive

In Kenya Safaricom’s market share dropped by 1.6 percentage points to 65.4% in the three months leading to June as it felt the pressure that was brought by Telkom Kenya and Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan unit who were gaining an influx ...

Nov 29, 2018   African Media Entertainment Has Trimmed Its Interim Dividend

South Africa’s African Media Entertainment (AME), which mainly focuses on radio broadcasting, trimmed its interim dividend after the recent weakening of profit signals when turnaround efforts at recent acquisitions proved to be tougher than expected. AME announced an interim dividend ...

Nov 28, 2018   More MTN Executives Jump Ship Amid Nigeria Crisis

According to sources familiar with the matter, another high-ranking executive is set to leave the MTN Group soon, as Africa’s giant wireless carrier battles over $10 billion of claims in its largest market of Nigeria. People who requested not to ...

Nov 28, 2018   Netflix South Africa – Fair Value For Money

Comparitech has unveiled the outcomes of research done on which countries pay the least and the most for Netflix, based on their monthly subscription fee and the amount of content made available in their area. Seventy-eight countries were analysed, using ...

Nov 28, 2018   StarTimes Introduces ‘StarTimes ON’ For OTT Business

On 26th November, Africa’s front-running digital TV operator, StarTimes introduced a new brand for its OTT division, StarTimes ON, Africa’s leading online video streaming service, dedicated to offering the best entertainment and enriched experience. With the unveiling of StarTimes ON, ...

Nov 28, 2018   Zimbabwe’s NetOne Boasts Rapid Growth

Zimbabwean state-owned mobile network operator, NetOne has posted positive revenue with 11,6 million for the month of October 2018, the second month in a row.  The country’s second-largest telecommunications firm has been on an upward trend during talks of privatisation. ...

Nov 27, 2018   No Launch Date Set For DStv Streaming Service

Calvo Mawela, The CEO of MultiChoice South Africa told MyBroadband earlier this year that it was busy working on the service, but they were having trouble securing the streaming rights for the massive volume of entertainment content that they offer ...

Nov 27, 2018   Africa’s Best Animation of 2018 Is Featured On YouTube

After being screened at over 60 international festivals and taking home seven international awards, Triggerfish’s short film Belly Flop can now be found on YouTube. Belly Flop is the story of Penny, a brave young girl learning to dive, unmoved ...

Nov 27, 2018   Pinnacle To Introduce Video-on-Demand – NBC DG

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, has announced that Pinnacle Communications Limited will be moving the industry to the next level with the much-anticipated launch of the very first ever push video-on-demand service in ...

Nov 27, 2018   SA's New Minister Of Communications In Talks About ICT Collaboration With China

South Africa’s newly-appointed communications minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says that collaboration between SA and China will be the key to driving economic growth and the rapid acquisition of ICT. According to a statement released by the Department of Communications (DOC),  Ndabeni-Abrahams ...

Nov 26, 2018   Fox Introduces TV Streaming Service With Saudi Media Group

Fox Networks has signed a deal with a Saudi media group to introduce a brand new TV streaming service in North Africa and the Middle East. The extension of 21st Century Fox (FOX) released a statement saying that it was ...

Nov 26, 2018   MTN Shares Increase On News Of Nigeria Dispute Settlement

MTN Group shares shot up by 4 percent on Friday 23 November 2018 with traders attributing the rise to the reports that Nigeria’s central bank was very close to reaching an agreement over an $8.1 billion dispute with the South ...

Nov 26, 2018   SABC’s Multi-Billion Rand Loss On Non-Lucrative Sports Rights

According to a report in the Sunday Times, South Africa's SABC has lost approximately R2.3 billion (over $1,5 mil) on purchasing sports rights over the past six years. The report stated that the loss occurred because the SABC was failing ...

Nov 26, 2018   Kwese TV’s Broadcasting Licence Bid Is Big On Sports But Lacks News

Pan African broadcaster, Kwese TV hopes to enter the local free-to-air market and has told the Independent Broadcasting Authority (ICASA) its presence in the media space will ensure that it delivers a quality service. In its submission during the public ...

Nov 23, 2018   MTN And Orange Join Forces To Target Money Users In Africa

MTN Group and Orange Group have announced a joint venture that will place its focus on mobile wallet ability to enable interoperable payments throughout Africa. Africa’s leading mobile operator and mobile money provider have joined forces and created Mowali. Mowali ...

Nov 23, 2018   Kwesé iflix Releases Exciting New African Content

Kwesé iflix has revealed its exciting new localised content plans with large local content tent poles focusing on a bold selection of original programming. 2018 marks the introduction of original programming for Kwesé iflix, a tantalising offering of domestic scripted ...

Nov 23, 2018   Demand For High-Speed Mobile Internet Rises In Zambia

Recent research from the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) confirms government reports that there is significant local demand for high-speed internet accessed via mobile devices. Statistics have shown that the number of Zambians using internet through mobile devices ...

Nov 23, 2018   Ovum Advises Telcos To Expand Broadband Networks To Capitalise On Data Opportunity

According to Ovum’s Africa Digital Outlook 2019 report, data connectivity has become a significant growth opportunity for African service providers, therefore, expanding broadband networks to take advantage of that prospect entirely should be at the core of their strategy. The ...

Nov 22, 2018   eNCA Is The News Channel With The Highest Viewership Ratings On DStv

eMedia Holdings has released its interim results for the six months period that ended on 30 September 2018. eMedia is the mothership of eNCA, eTV and Openview. The company announced that it made an impressive profit from continuing operations of ...

Nov 22, 2018   Logical Wireless Offers Satellite Broadband Services To Firms In Africa

Logical Wireless has signed a pan-African service agreement with Avanti Communications to offer connectivity services to businesses and end consumers situated in remote areas across Africa. The South African-based satellite services integrator said that it would use Avanti’s new HYLAS ...

Nov 22, 2018   Global Content Hub By Zee Signs Drama Co-production Deal In Africa

Global Content Hub by Zee has announced that it has inked a co-production deal with Nigerian agency MACE, and Multimedia Group from Ghana, whose channels Adom TV and Joy Prime will broadcast the new drama series titled Deceptive Measures. Deceptive ...

Nov 22, 2018   South Africa: Vodacom And MTN Will Share The Much Anticipated 5G spectrum

The South African government has decided that when radio frequency spectrum earmarked for 5G networks becomes licensed in South Africa, the cellular network operators will have to share it. Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s  Minister of Telecommunications, revealed this in a ...

Nov 21, 2018   SA Idols Breaks Record By Surpassing 142 Million Votes

I6 years and 14 seasons since Idols first hit South African television, the singing reality competition show on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) is showing no signs of slowing down in popularity. Approved for a 15th season in 2019, Idols broke ...

Nov 21, 2018   Uganda Forces Incoming Telecoms Investors To Share Infrastructure

Uganda’s sector regulator has announced that it will force incoming investors in telecommunications services to rent capacity from fibre optic cables that are already existing, rather than lay their own, to lower internet access costs and also to stem infrastructure ...

Nov 21, 2018   Nigerian DSTV Subscribers Want A Pay-As-You-View Billing System

DStv service subscribers in Nigeria are not happy with the continued payment for services not rendered by MultiChoice, the leading distance-to-home service provider in Nigeria.   In news interviews in Lagos, DStv customers have pleaded with the Federal Government to ...

Nov 21, 2018   Liquid Telecom Partners With Kymeta To Connect Africa's Remote Areas

Pan-African telecommunications company, Liquid Telecom, has joined forces with the global mobile satellite communications company, Kymeta, to provide a robust satellite mobile connectivity across Africa. Kymeta’s headquarters are in Washington, US and it is known to provide seamless, always-connected mobile ...

Nov 20, 2018   Netflix Picks Up Chiwetel Ejiofor's New Film

Netflix is on a spending spree yet again, and this time it has acquired the latest film by the Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ejiofor, who is better known for 12 Years a Slave, ventured into his directorial ...

Nov 20, 2018   Zimbabwe's Powertel Announces A Plan To Re-Start Operations

Powertel, Zimbabwe's state-owned ISP is putting into action a three-year plan to return to profitability after the Auditor General declared that the company's ability to continue growing was a concern and that its future was uncertain. The government has resolved ...

Nov 20, 2018   MTN Buys Simfy Africa

MTN CEO, Rob Shuter announced during a speech at AfriCom 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa, that MTN has acquired Simfy Africa, a local music streaming house which Shuter referred to as “Africa’s leading music streaming business”. In the coming ...

Nov 20, 2018   South Africa: SAFA Apologises For SABC TV Blackout

The SA Football Association (SAFA) has apologised to South Africa’s football-loving community for SABC’s fail to broadcast the Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Saturday, 17th November 2018. The football body released a statement stating ...

Nov 19, 2018   Kwesé iflix Wins Best Innovation In Digital Media At Africom

Africa’s leading digital entertainment platform, Kwesé iflix became the centre of attention at AfricaCom – the most significant media, telecoms and technology event in Africa – this year when it won Best Innovation in Digital Entertainment. The awards were held ...

Nov 19, 2018   StarTimes Signs Deal Granting 3-year Exclusive Media Rights For Coppa Italia

Africa’s front-running digital TV operator, StarTimes and Lega Serie A inked a three year deal for the exclusive all media rights to Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. StarTimes is a Chinese multinational media company ...

Nov 19, 2018   Turner Broadcasting Shines With Brand New Deals And Programming

Turner Africa has been making big moves in recent months, closing deals with both SABC and Showmax to widen its presence, and also re-brand its TCM channel to TNT. Details about these moves were revealed at the recent Turner Upfront ...

Nov 19, 2018   GRB Studios Inks Multiyear Licensing And Distribution Deal With Africa's Black TV

GRB Studios has signed a multiyear licensing and distribution deal with Black TV and will be joining forces with the African channel, led by the popular South African actor and producer, Thomas Gumede. This collaboration aims to showcase Africa to ...

Nov 16, 2018   Vodacom Shows Interest In Collaborating With Safaricom In Ethiopia

Shameel Joosub, Vodacom’s CEO recently announced to Business Day that Vodacom is interested in a possible entry into Ethiopia, Africa’s fastest-growing and second-most populated country, in partnership with its Kenyan associate company, Safaricom. Ethiopia said in June that it had ...

Nov 16, 2018   Tanzania’s Mkito Music Plans To Branch Out Into More Countries

Tanzania’s online music platform, Mkito was launched in 2014 and offered a pay-for premium service and a restricted free service that would be covered by advertising. Fast forward to current times, Mkito has grown and evolved as the markets change. ...

Nov 16, 2018   Angola Cables And Broadband Infraco Pen Connectivity Deal

Recently at AfricaCom in Cape Town, South Africa, multinational telco Angola Cables inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Broadband Infraco to provide internet connectivity within Africa. Broadband Infraco provides SADC connectivity and regional long-distance network coverage. According to information supplied, ...

Nov 16, 2018   Airtel And Coverage Broadband Launch 3flix Mobile TV In Nigeria

Telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has signed a strategic deal with Coverage Broadband, an extension of Phase 3 Telecom, to launch 3flix mobile TV service in Nigeria. The collaboration will enable subscribers to access a unique bundled data plan on ...

Nov 15, 2018   Telone Spends $20 000 On Cable Theft Bounty

In 2017 Zimbabwean fixed phone operator, TelOne lost more than $100 000 worth of telecommunications equipment that was mainly copper cables because of theft and vandalism. Many of the cables get stolen in the middle of the night. They become ...

Nov 15, 2018   Ovum Report Declares That Africa's Digital Future Looks Bright

According to Africa Digital Outlook 2019, Africa reached the 1 billion mobile user mark at the end of 2017 and is its way to achieving 1.33 billion by 2023. This information is provided in a new report from the industry ...

Nov 15, 2018   Cash-Strapped SABC Needs R3bn From Government To Avoid Collapse

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board Chair, Bongumusa Makhathini told Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts that all the troubled state broadcaster needed was a R3bn ($210 380 310,00 USD) government guarantee to stay on the air and to ...

Nov 15, 2018    Nigeria: Plan To Reduce MTN $8.1Bn Fine To $800m Causes Outcry

The upper chamber of the National Assembly in Nigeria has queried the reasoning behind the suggestion by the Federal Government to decrease the $8.1 billion fine imposed on the communications giant MTN, to $800 million.   The development is currently ...

Nov 14, 2018   SABC And Multichoice Ink A Mutually Beneficial Agreement

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has signed a new agreement with MultiChoice which will significantly benefit both companies. This comes after the Competition Commission ruled that a channel distribution agreement between the two companies signed in 2013 ...

Nov 14, 2018   Eutelsat Claims To Be The Satellite TV Leader in Cameroon, Nigeria and Ivory Coast

Eutelsat said that according to a study done by Nielsen on television reception throughout all three countries, it is the satellite TV market leader in Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast. The interviews were conducted with 2,000 households in Cameroon, 2,000 ...

Nov 14, 2018   AfricaCom 2018: New Mobile Device Designed To Make Internet Connectivity Affordable

At the annual AfricaCom conference that was held in Cape Town, South Africa, the CEO of MTN Group, Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Group Co Ltd., CEO of KaiOS Technologies Inc., and the Executive Vice President of UNISOC ...

Nov 14, 2018   Showmax Prepares To Roll Out New Original Show

For their second original production, Showmax is exploring the murder mystery genre. The Girl from St. Agnes is the streaming service’s debut original scripted drama which will be done in collaboration with Quizzical Pictures who were responsible for the local ...

Nov 13, 2018   New CEO Appointed For Telkom Kenya

Mugo Kibati has been named as the new CEO at Telkom Kenya after Aldo Mareuse resigned in order to go on and pursue other interests. Kibati had previously held the role of the Delivery Secretariat (VDS) Director General at the ...

Nov 13, 2018   Netflix Considers More Affordable Price Plans

Netflix Inc. has announced that it is thinking about testing a lower-priced version of its film and television streaming service in some markets to boost sales. In an interview the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings said that the company hasn’t ...

Nov 13, 2018   South Africa: Rain Introduces 5G Network

Rain has revealed that it will be launching its 5G network in South Africa, with the aim of offering  “ultra-broadband” services to home and small business users. The company presented the technology it will use to roll out its 5G ...

Nov 13, 2018   Teleology Appoints New Board After Finally Taking Over 9mobile

After a long and thorough process, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have finally given Teleology Nigeria Limited the approval to take over 9mobile. As soon as the news broke, Teleology announced that a ...

Nov 12, 2018   South Africa: Vodacom Enjoys Increased Subscriber And Data Traffic Growth

Vodacom has shared its interim results for the six months that ended on 30 September 2018, which display big positives in South Africa. The results show that the company gained 4.8 million customers in the six months, up 10.7%. This ...

Nov 12, 2018   South Africa: 18 Companies Apply To Provide New Pay TV Services To Compete With DStv

South Africans may soon be spoilt for choice when it comes to payTV options from next year -- some of them delivered to your cellphone. Until now Naspers’ MultiChoice has been the sole provider of subscription TV in South Africa, ...

Nov 12, 2018   Nigeria Reinstated Into ITU Council

Nigeria has been reinstated into the Council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The vote of confidence was the highlight of the Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 20th Plenipotentiary Conference of the Council, also voted for ...

Nov 12, 2018   Disney’s Upcoming Streaming Service Is Set To Take Content From Netflix

Disney has shared its earnings report for the quarter that ended on 29 September 2018, providing more information on its much anticipated upcoming streaming service. The massive media company’s online streaming service will be named Disney Plus, and its launch ...

Nov 09, 2018   CBN And MTN Close To Settling USD8.1 Billion Dispute

The MTN Group and the Central Bank of Nigeria are said to be close to finally putting their legal scuffle to bed. A settlement is expected by Monday, 12 November 2018, and could come as early as Friday, 9 ...

Nov 09, 2018   Nigeria: MTN Introduces Partner Ecosystem To Deliver Efficient Enterprise Solutions

MTN Nigeria along with many other Nigerian businesses is launching its maiden Partner Summit that will be themed ‘MTN Fusion’. The Partner Summit was held on Thursday, November 8, at the Landmark Events Centre in Nigeria will be an annual ...

Nov 09, 2018   Netflix Launches Six New Animated Programmes

Netflix has rolled out an exciting selection of animated event programming – both original series and feature films. The list includes six new shows, which will join the other seven projects that had already been announced. This is the plan ...

Nov 09, 2018   New Free Streaming Platform With 100 Channels Introduced In South Africa

South Africans will be very happy to hear that they will now be able to access and enjoy FREE TV, something that they have never experienced before. With over 100 channels of diverse premium content, TV2GO provides a unique user ...

Nov 08, 2018   Kwesé TV Shut Down After Losing Legal Case

Econet Wireless’ pay satellite service, Kwesé TV has been shut down after losing a Supreme Court battle in which the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) had accused it of not complying with the law. Kwesé TV had been broadcasting in ...

Nov 08, 2018   ICASA Shuts Down FS Community Radio Station

ICASA Shuts Down FS Community Radio Station  In the Freestate region, South Africa, a dysfunctional community radio station in Sasolburg has been taken off the air by the Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) with immediate ...

Nov 08, 2018   CETel Delivers O3b/MEO Coverage All Across Africa

The German provider of global fiber, satellite and wireless-enabled communications solutions, CETel has signed yet another contract to deliver fiber-like connectivity all over Africa make use of O3b‘s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation. The long-term deal fully supports an ...

Nov 08, 2018   BBC iPlayer And BBC Earth Add Dynasties To Line-Up

The BBC has announced that its latest natural history series, Dynasties will be shown on BBC iPlayer and BBC Earth in Ultra HD and HDR. The series will kick off on Sunday 11 November on BBC One, with its debut ...

Nov 07, 2018   Niger Prepares To Install DTT In December

The Chairman of the National Technical Committee For Digital (CTN), Abdoulaye Coulibaly declared that Digital terrestrial television (DTT) is currently operational in Niamey and it was now on the way to becoming a reality in Niger. Coulibaly announced in a ...

Nov 07, 2018   South Africa: Uzalo Bids Farewell To Three Cast Members as Season 4 Wraps Up

SABC1’s Uzalo has wrapped production on its 4th season with three cast members who have left the series that is filmed in Durban, South Africa. Two new faces are set to join the weekday primetime drama series. The interesting show ...

Nov 07, 2018   GSMA Warns Mobile Operators About Access to the Right 5G Spectrum

The Global System for Mobile Communications Association (commonly known as the GSMA) has released a warning that the successful rollout of ultra-fast 5G services is solely dependent on access to the right type and amount of spectrum in the next ...

Nov 07, 2018   Ethiopia: Space Institute Gears Up to Launch First Satellite Next Year

Plans for Ethiopia to launch its first earth observatory satellite in September 2019 are underway. Ethiopia will be joining a list of a few African countries that have already put their devices into orbit. The Director General of the Ethiopian ...

Nov 06, 2018   Active Kwese TV subscribers Get Free Access For A Year To Kwese Iflix

Shortly after announcing that it would be moving to digital services Kwesé has said that it will grant loyal Kwesé TV subscribers free access to Kwesé iflix for 12 months. This means that Kwesé TV subscribers who currently have an ...

Nov 06, 2018   South Africa: TV Station eNCA Introduces New Programme "Crimewatch"

eNCA will roll out a new weekly programme on crime that will start in November. It is no secret that South Africa’s crime rate is among the highest globally. The South African Police Minister, Bheki Cele announced that with more ...

Nov 06, 2018   Nigeria: TVC Communications Revamps Its TV Arm With A Brand Refresh

Nigeria’s frontrunning independent TV, radio and online broadcasting company, TVC Communications has unveiled a fresh new brand identity for its market-leading family entertainment channel, TVC. The on-air changes were made as a result of extensive market research done by engaging ...

Nov 06, 2018   BBC Names Its Nairobi Bureau The Largest Outside The UK

The BBC has launched its largest bureau outside of the UK in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi. Almost 300 of the 600 BBC journalists working all across Africa are now based in the new, state-of-the-art facility. The Director of BBC News, ...

Nov 05, 2018   Kwese's Satellite-TV Shuts Down After 18 Months

Econet Media announced that after a business strategy review, it has decided to streamline its direct-to-home satellite television service and will now focus on three core services, namely Kwese Iflix, Kwese Free Sports (KFS) and Kwese Play. The plan is ...

Nov 05, 2018   Kenya: Showmax Uses Local Shows To Fight Off Competitors

Video-on-demand (VoD) company, Showmax is relying on exclusive local content to fight off competition in the local market by its most aggressive rival Netflix. In its latest strategy, Showmax will no longer show content that has already been aired on ...

Nov 05, 2018   Nigeria: NCC To Regulate Internet Access With New Industry Code

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced that it has put together plans to establish internet industry code of practice to supervise internet access and services in the country. NCC's Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta announced this at a recent ...

Nov 02, 2018   NBC Wraps Up Digital Mapping of Nigeria

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu announced that the commission had completed work on digital mapping throughout Nigeria. Kawu was speaking at the 12th Afro-centric Biennial Conference and Exhibition of African Broadcasters hosted by ...

Nov 02, 2018   South Africa: Radio Host Aubrey Masango Ordered To Apologise For ‘Disrespectful’ On-Air Comments

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has ordered 702 radio presenter Aubrey Masango to apologise for the disrespectful and belittling remarks he made to a caller during a broadcast in August. The complaint at hand related to a ...

Nov 02, 2018   Multichoice and Vodacom Collaborate To Offer Free Access To Showmax

Mobile operator Vodacom has joined forces with Naspers owned Showmax to introduce a deal with free access to Showmax for three months. This deal also comes ready with streaming data at no additional cost to the customer. Existing customers who ...

Nov 02, 2018   Vodacom Extends Its Reach To 19 New African Countries

A subsidiary company of Vodafone Group, Vodacom has extended its reach to 19 new African countries. By taking on the 19 new states, Vodacom has already reached up to an impressive 28 markets. As impressive as Vodacom’s performance is, the ...

Nov 01, 2018   Nigeria: ATCON Urges Members To Collaborate With NIGCOMSAT For Broadband Penetration

President of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Engr. Olusola Teniola has urged telecommunications operators to work with Nigeria Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT, to prepare satellite technology for the installation of broadband for socio-economic development of the country. He said ...

Nov 01, 2018   Payette Supports The Operation of Communications Satellites In Nigeria

The Governor General of Canada and well-known astronaut, Julie Payette, said that Nigeria should continue to operate its own Remote Sensing and communication satellites to be able to share essential data that can assist in solving some intricate problems. Payette ...

Nov 16, 2017   Study: 'Satellite Is Preferred Digital Video Infrastructure For Africa' - Eutelsat

Eutelsat - the global Satellite company, has remarked - in a recently released industry study - that Satellite TV will become the dominant means of reaching households across Africa with TV and video services. The report, based on a benchmark ...

Nov 16, 2017   South Africa: Cell C Bags Streaming Rights For Fox TV Channels

To prove its seriousness about entry into the video and TV streaming business, Cell C South has gone ahead to secure more content for it "Black" platform. According to reports from 21st Century Fox, Cell C have secured the rights ...

Nov 16, 2017   Kwese To Boost Programming Line-Up With Content From US-Based TV One

Pan-Africa's TV Broadcaster, Kwese TV, have concluded a content and programming deal with US-based cable network "TV One". The exclusive deal will allow Kwese TV to add TV One content to its programming line-up.  TV One offers a variety of ...

Nov 14, 2017   StarTimes Nigeria Delighted With Take-Up Of Pay-Per-Day Subscription Offer

Mr Justin Zhang, Chief Executive, Startimes Nigeria has expressed delighted at the initial reception received from their customers in Nigeria with regards their pay-per-day offering. Speaking to the media in Nigeria to reflect on the service launch, he said that ...

Nov 14, 2017   South Africa: e.tv Presents Five Channels. One Colour. Unlimited Entertainment

Mr Marlon Davids, the managing director of e.tv, has announced the launch of a new branding campaign that will help market the organisation products and services in preparation for the South African summer season. The new campaign with the message ...

Nov 14, 2017   Nigeria: Government Plans Millions Of Dollars On Entertainment Infrastructure

The Nigerian Government have restated a commitment to invest in the country's burgeoning entertainment industry. Making the statement during at the sidelines of the 4th All Africa Music Awards show in Lagos, Nigeria, the country's Minister of Information and Culture, ...

Nov 14, 2017   Juniper Research: Digital Content Revenue To Surpass USD 200 Billion By Year End 2018

A recently released industry report from Juniper Research is forecasting that by 2018 (next year), global revenues from digital content will be more than 200 billion US Dollars, representing a ten percent increase on this year's revenues of USD 184 ...

Nov 13, 2017   Multichoice Did Not Agree On A USD10 Million Carriage Rights Contract With ANN7

DStv South Africa has said that it did not agree to pay the Gupta family linked media organisation ANN7 the sum of USD 10 Milion as carriage rights fees for its TV channels. A source of Multichoice DStv confirmed that ...

Nov 13, 2017   AFRIMA 2017: Digitisation Is The Best That Can Happen To African Music

Participants in one of the various Roundtables at the that the All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) 2017 have submitted that digitisation of music is the best that could to ever happen to African music. It ensures its competitiveness at the ...

Nov 13, 2017   Fast-tracking Digital Switchover Is Key To A Connected Africa - ATU

The Secretary-General of the Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU), Mr Abdoulkarim Soumaila have urged African nations to push for an accelerated migration to digital broadcasting as the key to ensuring that the desired goal of an all-inclusive digital connectivity is achieved. ...

Nov 13, 2017   The "SA Connect" Programme May Be Complemented With Satellite Connectivity

Broadcast Media Africa has learnt that South Africa is seriously considering the deployment of Satellite technology as a viable complement to fibre for its "SA Connect" initiative. According to the ITWeb magazine, South Africa's deputy minister for the Department of ...

Nov 09, 2017   Sat Space Africa Sees Demand Growth As It Signs More Capacity With Telesat

After setting up hubs in South Africa, Angola and the United Kingdom, Sat Space has announced that it is expanding its service relationship with Telesat - a global satellite operator. Sat Space announced that it is contracting for more Ku-band ...

Nov 09, 2017   German-based CeTel To Deploy's Measat Africasat-1a For VSAT Services

Central European Telecom Services (CETel) and Measat Satellite Services Systems have entered into an agreement that allows CEtel to deploy the pan-African C-band VSAT services via the Africasat-1a platform. CEtel's managing director, Mr Guido Neumann expresses his organisation's delight with ...

Nov 09, 2017   Cell C Urges Competition Commission To Look Into SuperSport's Anti-Competitive Practices

Mr Jose Dos Santos, the Chief Executive of Cell C South Africa, have asked the South African market competition authorities to look into the market dominance and continued market practices of Multichoice and SuperSport in the African content rights market. ...

Nov 07, 2017   VOOV TV Launches A Social Media TV Platform In South Africa

Broadcast media Africa has learnt that South Africa will be getting its first-ever social media based TV platform. According to eNCA.com, VOOV TV is debuting as the first South African social media only streaming TV channel. The platform will allow ...

Nov 07, 2017   DStv Canned Disney Channel Kids Show Because Of Homosexual Storyline.

DStv South Africa is said to be pulling the Disney Channel's teen show Andi Mack off its platform because a storyline seems to have homosexual intonation.  The told storyline is where Andi Mack's main character, Cyrus, develops and pursues its ...

Nov 07, 2017   Cell C Enters Africa's OTT TV and VOD Market With "Black"; In Partnership With Vubiquity

BMA understood that Cell C (a South African mobile telecom operator) is entering the OTT TV and VoD market with content provider Vubiquity. Cell C is coming to this market with the brand "Black" and will offer sports, kids and ...

Nov 07, 2017   African Animation Network (AAN) Hope To Extend Industry's Reach With Animation Magazine

African Animation Network (AAN) and the world-renowned Animation Magazine have reached a partnership agreement to launch a dedicated section for African-focused animation of the industry flagship AnimationMagazine.net platform. This move will help drive the reach of AAN to a global ...

Nov 27, 2016   BBC World Service Delivers In Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya, Igbo, Yoruba and Nigerian Pidgin.

BBC World Service, the international platform of the British public broadcaster (the BBC) has announced one of its biggest service expansion for decades. According to the corporation, it will be providing its service in 11 new languages across Africa. These ...

Nov 27, 2016   SA's Discover Digital To Provide OTT Facility For Sports Content

Discover Digital, a Over-the-top (OTT) TV provider has annouced a "break-through" solution that will "change the face of traditional sport broadcasting". The company's Managing Director, Mr Stephen Watson in a statement commented " Now, sports bodies can stream live coverage ...

Nov 27, 2016   Reality TV In Africa Has A new Face With Arise Africa In Malawi

Rise Africa, a Reality TV show comprising of 20 contenders from various parts of Malawi was launched in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Reality show, although loosely based or modelled after the Reality Hit “Big Brother” Africa has its own unique format ...

Nov 25, 2016   Guardian TV To Be Launched By Nigeria's Guardian Newspaper

One of the major newspapers houses in Nigeria is launching its TV Platform - Guardian TV. According to company sources, Guardian TV will deliver exclusive video interviews and up-to-the-minute videos from around the globe to any device that has an ...

Nov 25, 2016   OTT TV: Starz Play's expansion plan across Africa

Starz Play, a VOD and OTT TV provider in the Middle East and North Africa, is planning to offer its services to the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. A high-profile industry source, quoting the CEO of Starz Play Arabia - Maaz ...

Nov 20, 2016   Thaicom and iSAT Africa Work Together To Provide More TV Channels With Enhanced C-Band Service Offering

Thaicom, Thailand's public company that provides satellite service for TV signals and data services, has gone into agreement with iSAT Africa to expand their C-band Multi Channel Per Carrier broadcast platform and services based on DVB-S modulation and MPEG-2 compression ...

Nov 01, 2016   Digital Switch-Over Starts in SA, Finally!

After several long and drawn-out attempts, South Africa - the country with the largest economy and most developed infrastructure on the continent - seem to, finally, be switching its broadcast signal from analogue to digital - even if this will ...