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Industry Forum  |  Sentech To Showcase At Key Forum On Infrastructure And Platforms For Converged Broadcast Media

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) as the convener of the Industry Forum on Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media on the 21st to 22nd of August 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel –Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa has announced ...


Telecom  |  NCC To Regulate Nigeria’s Telecoms Sector In Preparation For Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has kicked off the process of reviewing the existing Numbering Plan (NP) in the country’s telecoms sector, according to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta.   Danbatta said that the review is ...


Music Streaming  |  New Video Streaming App, Naijatastic, Makes Waves In Nigeria

Naijatastic is a mobile video streaming app that was officially rolled out in Nigeria at the start of 2019. It has quickly gained popularity among users because it allows the user to stream audio and video at no cost. The ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Iflix Video Service Raises Over $50Million As It Prepares For Public Listing

Iflix, the streaming video service that is in competition with Netflix in various emerging markets, announced recently that it had raised a substantial amount of funding led by Fidelity International, in collaboration with returning investors Hearst, Catcha Group, EMC and ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Launches In Nigeria And Collaborates With BBNaija

The video streaming service Showmax has announced its rollout in Nigeria and has entered into a partnership with Big Brother Naija to launch an exclusive recap show, Big Brother Naija Hot Room. Nigerian comedian Basketmouth and Bovi will host the ...


Pay TV  |  Econet’s Struggle To Repatriate Funds Causes More Problems For Kwese TV

The telecoms firm Econet Wireless is experiencing trouble in its mission to repatriate funds from Zimbabwe. This situation has caused it not to pay creditors and therefore, created significant challenges for the already troubled Econet Media-owned Kwese TV. The CEO ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe Telecoms Revenues Get Hit By Inflation

Zimbabwe’s telecoms sector has recorded a significant drop in revenue for the first time in four years due to severe inflationary pressure as the government becomes more strict on price controls. The Potraz sector report for the first quarter of ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify Rolls Out Disney Music Hub In South Africa

Spotify has launched the new Disney Music Hub in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. Through the Disney Music Hub Spotify, users can now enjoy all the music from Disney movies and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Set To Lay Off 33% Of Staff And Shut Down Five Offices -Reports

South Africa’s national broadcaster, the SABC, in a statement issued to the Sunday Times, has announced plans to close down five offices, decrease the headcount of management by 37% and lay off a third of its staff to save the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Zimbabwe Receives Approval To Accept Forex Payments

MultiChoice has confirmed that it will now be excluded from Zimbabwe's new restrictions on payments and foreign currencies after the country's central bank allowed the pay-TV network's Zimbabwe operation to collect subscriptions in foreign currency. Banks in Zimbabwe had placed ...


Content Services  |  ZBC Signs Broadcast Content Partnership Agreement With Zimbabwe Prisons

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) on a content partnership that is directed towards ensuring a more coordinated approach to the prison system’s offender rehabilitation and ...


Film and Cinema  |  Egypt To Screen First Animation Film At El Gouna Film Festival

The El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has revealed that it will host the premiere screening of The Knight & The Princess, Egypt’s first animated feature film, at its third edition in September. The film’s script was written by Bashir al-Deek, who ...


Telecom  |  Ex Vodafone CEO Joins MTN As Chief Digital, Fintech Officer

The MTN Group has announced that it has appointed Vodacom's ex-Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A, Yolanda Cuba, as its new Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer. The mobile operator issued a statement saying that Cuba would join the MTN ...


Digital Migration  |  Gambia Gears Up For Digital TV Broadcasting

Gambia’s public signal distributor for terrestrial television (DTT), Digital Gambia Limited (DGL), and its partner EXCAF-Gambia telecom recently revealed that Gambia plans to migrate from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by 2020. The migration from analogue TV to digital broadcasting ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: M-Net Bags Rights For 'The Bachelor SA' Season Two

M-Net has acquired the rights to produce the second season of "The Bachelor South Africa", and audiences will join the show's new leading man on his exciting journey as he looks for love in February 2020. Jason Greer will be ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria Receives US$100-million Loan To Extend Broadband Coverage

Nigeria has been granted a loan of US$100-million by the Export-Import Bank of India. The loan will be used to install solar-powered telecommunication sites and also widen national broadband coverage. According to the country's communications ministry, over the next 12 ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes And Major League Wrestling Collaborate To Broadcast ‘Fusion’ In Africa

Major League Wrestling has announced that it has entered into a broadcast agreement to air its front-running weekly hour-long show MLW Fusion non-exclusively all across Africa on StarTimes platforms. The partnership will kick-off this summer with StarTimes broadcasting weekly action-packed ...


Telecom  |  Airtel And MTN Rollout Initiative To Promote Digital Inclusion In Rwanda

Rwanda’s mobile industry is collaborating with the GSMA to boost mobile internet adoption and grow digital literacy in the country. It was revealed at the recent ‘Mobile 360 Africa’ event in Kigali that local mobile network operators Airtel and MTN ...


Showcase Interview  |  "Cloud Broadcasting Services Are The Answer To Monetising Content In A Digital Ecosystem" – Paul Omoruyi, Seasoned Filmmaker And Producer

Paul Omoruyi, the Founder of PSI Film & Creative Academy, says that cloud services, along with an insight-driven approach are the future of the monetisation of content in Africa's digital broadcasting ecosystem. Mr Paul Omoruyi, responding to questions from Broadcast ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC Closes Down Operations In Burundi

The British public radio broadcaster BBC has decided to shut down its Burundi bureau following disagreements with the government over the airing of programmes. Larry Madowo, BBC's Africa Business Editor, said that all efforts towards settling a recent dispute over ...


Film Making  |  Lack Of Funding Reportedly Destroying Zimbabwe Film Industry

Enock Chihombori, a well-known Zimbabwean film writer and producer of the Gringo cartoon and TV character, this week declared his frustration around the lack of funding which he says is destroying Zimbabwe’s film industry. Chihombori, who is currently based in ...


Broadband  |  Telnet Tunisia Collaborates With Russia In Satellite Deal

The Tunisian technology engineering and consulting firm Telnet Group has entered into a brand new contract with Russian satellite companies GK Launch Services and Sputnix to launch 30 satellites that will support an IoT network by 2023. The terms of ...


Radio Spectrum  |  South Africa’s Final Spectrum Policy To Be Issued Soon -Minister

After many years of delays, South Africa’s long-anticipated final policy directive on spectrum allocation will be released to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) any day now. The announcement was made recently by the country’s Communications and Digital ...


Showcase Interview  |  "Consumer Demand Will Successfully Drive Quad-Play Services In Africa" – Mark H. Gordon, CEO –SUPAView TV

Adv. Mark H Gordon, the CEO of SUPAView TV, says he has acknowledged that it is consumer demand that would ultimately drive Quad-Play services across Africa. Adv. Gordon was in conversation with Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in preparation for the ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe: Govt Expects US$300-Million For NetOne, TelOne

The Zimbabwean government says that it hopes to complete the sale of its majority shares in the mobile phone operator NetOne and the fixed telecom company TelOne before the end of the year. The country's Finance minister Mthuli Ncube said ...


Content Services  |  Sipromad Acquires Pan-African Channel Africanews For $20Million

The pan-African channel Africanews that was previously owned by Euronews NBC has been bought by the Malagasy Group Sipromad for close to 20 million US Dollars. Created in 2016 by the French group Euronews NBC, pan-African television Africanews is a ...


Video-On-Demand  |  New Streaming Service, Set To Be The 'Netflix Of South Africa'

South African radio personality, Tbo Touch is ready to shake up the game later this month with the launch of his streaming services which he has dubbed "the Netflix of South Africa". In a recent interview, Touch said that THD24 ...


Content Services  |  Canal+ Buys Nollywood Studio ROK From IROKOtv To Promote African Film

The French television company Canal+ has acquired the ROK film studio from the VOD company IROKOtv for an amount which has not yet been disclosed to the press. Founded by Jason Njoku in 2010, IROKOtv has the most extensive online ...


Content Services  |  Nigerian Muslim Group Calls For Immediate Ban Of 'Big Brother Naija'

A Muslim group in Nigeria has demanded that the West-African country's government ban the current season of the Big Brother Naija reality show which is broadcast on DStv all across Africa, describing the show's contestants as "immoral inmates" and adding ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Offers Discovery Inc.'s Real Time Channel Across Africa

MultiChoice has announced that Discovery Inc.'s Real Time channel will be added to MultiChoice's GOtv and DStv satellite pay-TV service throughout the rest of Africa as well from Monday 15 July 2019. The development comes after Real Time was added ...


Telecom  |  Kenya’s Communication Authority Hints At Approval Of Airtel-Telkom Merger

The last time that Telkom and Airtel Kenya’s proposed merger was communicated to the masses, it was said that the development was subject to approval by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). The CEO of Telkom Kenya amplified the process ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Somalia Suspends Two Private TV Stations

Authorities in Somalia have confirmed that they have suspended the activities of two private TV channels namely Eryal TV and Horyaal 24TV, accusing them of inciting violence, according to a press rights group and a station manager. Police are reported ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Enhances Its Sports Offering With Live Streaming

Showmax has recently been very busy enhancing its sports offering. Extended highlights from major sporting events such as Wimbledon, PGA tournaments and the Tour de France as well as a range of SuperSport’s most beloved magazine and talk shows are ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Minister Promises To Fast-Track Digital Migration

South Africa’s Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has pledged — like many of her predecessors — to fast-track South Africa’s late migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television. Speaking in parliament earlier this week Ndabeni-Abrahams said that the department would present ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Shares Take A Plunge After Lagos Listing

Airtel Africa shares fell by 10% on Wednesday, a day after its $4.4bn listing in Lagos, mirroring a similar drop on the London stock market where the telecoms company has its primary listing. The telecoms firm listed in Lagos on ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Acquires Rights To Broadcast 2019 International Champions Cup

StarTimes has announced that it will broadcast the 2019 edition of the International Champions Cup starting on July 17th until August 10th. The pay-TV service provider, StarTimes has over the years given its viewers access to the pre-season tournament which ...


Regulation  |  Nigerian Copyright Commission Board Takes Up New Operational Strategy

The new Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confirmed its commitment to managing dynamic operational strategies to position the Commission to effectively carry out its statutory mandates that are under the Copyright Act. Addressing the media during ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zambia: Local Media Owners Concerned About China's Influence On Broadcast Media Landscape

Zambia made a deal with the Chinese media conglomerate, StarTimes, to help switch from analogue to digital TV. Now, Zambian media owners are criticising the collaboration saying that the country's broadcast industry offers an abundant volume of Chinese kung fu ...


Telecom  |  Telekom Networks Malawi Invests Millions Into Network Infrastructure Development

Malawi's second-largest telecommunications operator, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has claimed to have invested over US$89.4-million into infrastructure development in the past five years to broaden its network coverage. The Chairperson of the company's board Dr George Partridge said that the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana's GBC Denies Selling TV Channels To Private Sector

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has denied that it sold GBC’s TV channels to private companies to operate. It said the allegation that the state broadcaster had sold eight channels to private firms was false, as no channel belonging to GBC ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify South Africa Launches 'Lite' App For Emerging Markets

Spotify Technology SA has released a new version of its music streaming app for users in emerging markets. The company says that this is an effort to grow outside of its strongholds in Europe and the US. The Spotify Lite ...


Industry Forum  |  Funding And Financing Opportunities For Digital Media At Nigeria’s Annual Broadcast Convention

“Adequate funding and financing for digital broadcast and media services in Nigeria” is the subject of a key presentation at this year’s edition of the Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention in Nigeria. As digital broadcast media services continue apace, funding ...


Telecom  |  Mozambique's Mobile Operators In Trouble Over Unregistered SIM Cards

Mozambique's communications industry regulator ARECOM has given the country's three mobile phone service operators ten days to fix the issue of unregistered SIM cards or face legal sanctions. The regulator has accused Vodacom, Movitel, and mCel of violating the government's ...


Content Services  |  Music TV Channel, Zone Three 6 To Begin Digital TV Terrestrial Transmission In Ghana

One of Ghana’s Biggest Entertainment sources, Zone Three 6 has revealed that it will soon begin its Digital Terrestrial operations on TV and will be accessible in major parts of the country such as Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Takoradi, Koforidua, ...


Content Services  |  New Family Channel, Pineapple TV Launches In Nigeria

Pineapple TV has been rolled out in Nigeria. It is Africa's first-ever dedicated children and family TV Channel that promises to deliver fun, safe and quality programming. The new channel will target an audience of children between four to 16 ...


Industry Forum  |  Evaluation Of 'Quad-Play' Services In Converged Ecosystem At Forum On Digital Infrastructure And Platforms For Broadcast Media

The Possible Path To Success For 'Quad-play converged media services in Africa is one of the key subjects at the upcoming Industry Forum on Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media. According to the Forum organisers, the issue will ...


Sports Rights  |  Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Fails To Acquire AFCON Rights

Uganda Broadcasting Corporation has expressed its disappointment over its failure to broadcast the AFCON match between Uganda and Egypt. Following its failed negotiations with the Africa Union of Broadcasters (AUB) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the station ended ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: NBC Introduces 6th Broadcasting Code To Minimise Fake News

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has introduced a new edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, the 6th edition in its series. This new edition was brought about to enhance development and professionalism in Nigeria’s broadcast industry.   Mallam Isaq Modibbo ...


Telecom  |  Cameroonian Telcos Penalised For SIM Card Registration Violations

According to Cameroon's Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB), MTN Cameroon, Viettel Cameroun (Nexttel) and Orange Cameroun have been fined $1.7 mil, $1.7 mil and $2.5 mil respectively for failing to adhere to subscriber identification regulations. Philemon Zoo Zame, the Director General ...


Broadcast Rights  |  CAF Condemns BeoutQ For AFCON Piracy

Africa’s football body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has come out strongly against beoutQ. The Saudi-backed pirate network was recently denounced by FIFA, and it has been revealed by a French court that Arabsat was distributing the channel. Now, ...


Pay TV  |  “Administration Application Will Have No Impact On Kwese Free TV Launch” –Econet CEO

Econet Media’s CEO, Joseph Hundah, in an interview with TechCentral last week said that the decision to place Econet Media’s pay-TV business into administration would have “no impact” on the planned rollout of Kwese Free TV in South Africa. He ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom Launches VodaPay Masterpass

Vodacom has rolled out its VodaPay Masterpass mobile app in South Africa, which utilises Mastercard’s global digital payment service to make tokenised bank card payments. The app has been made available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play ...


Broadcasting Services  |  M6 Group To Launch New TV Channel Across Sub-Saharan Africa

M6 Group has confirmed that it plans to roll out a new TV channel into French-speaking Africa – M6 International. The CEO of M6 Group, Nicolas de Tavernost, said that the new channel would highlight a line-up of content that ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Piracy Casts A Dark Shadow Over AFCON Games In North Africa

The Confederation of African Football has seen a new major hacking incident committed by the pirate television platform called ‘beoutQ’, involving the final match of the Total Africa Cup of Nations taking place from 21 June up until 19 July ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  NCC Collaborates With NTA To Improve Copyright Protection In Nigeria’s Broadcast Industry

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) have formed a partnership to launch a copyright awareness and enforcement campaign to create a well-regulated broadcast space and do away with piracy of protected broadcast signals across Nigeria. ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe's Auditor-General Raises Concerns Over NetOne's Future

Zimbabwe's Auditor-General Mildred Chiri has raised concerns over the ability of state-owned mobile firm NetOne to continue its operations based on many financial risks identified by her office. NetOne is among a list of state-owned telecom companies that the government ...


Film and Cinema  |  International Conservators Resurrect Africa’s First Animated Film

The Nigerien pioneer Moustapha Alassane’s stop-motion film Samba the Great is being showcased in Bologna. The Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) programme executed by New York University and the French Embassy’s Cultural Services in New York have joined forces ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: YouTube And SuperSport Clash Over Details Of Streaming Agreement -Reports

YouTube has clarified its recent statement that it would provide South Africans access to the live streaming of rugby, cricket, basketball, and football events in collaboration with SuperSport. The company announced in a press statement on 2 July that it ...


Pay TV  |  Econet Places Pay-TV Business Under Administration

The African pay-TV operator Econet Media has confirmed that it has placed its struggling satellite broadcasting business under administration. Econet, which operates under the brand name “Kwese” will begin talks with creditors to save the business, according to the CEO, ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: NBC And ICPC In Legal Battle Over $6.9Million DSO Project

Nigeria is on the brink of missing yet another chance to advance into the Age of Information; a new era where knowledge and technology drive the economy. This new era is dependent on digital dividends through the shift towards digital ...


Broadband  |  Safaricom, Wananchi Telecom, Compete For Broadband Market Dominance In Kenya

According to the latest quarterly report released by Kenya's Communications Authority (CA), Safaricom has gained more market share in the fixed broadband segment, while the market leader Wananchi Telecom has taken a loss. The Q3 report (January and March 2019) ...


Company  |  Naspers Appoints New CEO For South African Business

Naspers, the largest public company in Africa, thanks to its lucrative investment in China’s Tencent, has announced that it has appointed Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa as the CEO of its South African business ahead of an offshore listing of its international assets. ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Launches 4G In Niger

Airtel has distributed 4G LTE in Niger. The mobile operator has the largest network in Niger and is now the first operator in the country to roll out a 4G network. The launching celebration took place last Saturday, June 29, ...


Industry Forum  |  Broadcast Media Stakeholders To Network At 4th Annual Convention On Digital Broadcasting And Media - Nigeria

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will be convening Nigeria's senior broadcasting and media executives for the  4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention In Lagos, Nigeria, on the 27th & 28th August 2019. The ...


Content Services  |  Big Brother Naija Season 4 Premieres On DStv And GOtv

Big Brother Naija Season 4 kicked off on Sunday the 30th of June. The live premiere show gave Nigerians all over the world access to the excitement on stage live on GOtv and DStv. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu spoke on the season, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Zambia Rolls Out Mobile Savings Product

MTN Zambia, JUMO and Barclays Zambia have collaborated to roll out KASAKA, a short-term mobile saving offering. The savings account facility has been added onto JUMO’s operating platform and can be accessed by MTN Mobile Money subscribers through Barclays Zambia. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Somaliland Censors And Bans Two Privately-Owned TV Stations Indefinitely

Somaliland, a region of Somalia in East Africa has reportedly censored and banned two privately-owned TV stations in the capital of Hargeisa - Eryal TV and Horyaal 24 TV - indefinitely, taking both the TV stations off the air. ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe's Struggling TelOne Sees Increase In Data Subscriber Volume

Zimbabwe's state-owned telecoms operator, TelOne continues to be affected by a shortfall in payments due from mainly government-employed clients even though it has increased its data subscriber numbers by 14%. The company recently confirmed that its pre-tax loss for the ...


Industry Forum  |  “Quality Content Is Key To Success In The Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem,” Say Industry Executives At SABA’s Content Management Industry Forum

At the recently concluded Industry Forum on Content Management for Digital Broadcast Media that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) on the 25th and 26th of June 2019 at the BON Hotel ...


Content Services  |  Google Rolls Out YouTube Membership Channels In South Africa

Google has begun rolling out channel memberships for YouTube in South Africa that will enable users to support channel creators by signing themselves up to donate a monthly fee of R39.99 ($2.83) to their favourite channels according to information provided ...


Broadband  |  Liquid Pioneers South Sudan's First Fibre Network

The Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom has announced that it will implement and operate South Sudan's first-ever fibre broadband network, connecting the nation to the 'One Africa' broadband network, which spans for almost 70,000km across 13 African countries. According to ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore Dies

The CEO of Safaricom PLC Bob Collymore has passed away on the 1st of July 2019 from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, according to a statement released by Safaricom. Collymore had been receiving medical treatment in the UK since October 2017 and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s Government To Save SABC From Communication Blackout

It has been reported that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will be saved from an imminent communication blackout by the South African Government. Speaking at the sidelines of country’s state of the nation address on Thursday (20 June), the ...


Company  |  Tiso Blackstar Group Sells Media, Broadcast Businesses In Four African Countries

Tiso Blackstar Group has announced that it is selling its media, broadcast and content businesses in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana to the 100% black-owned Lebashe Investment Group for $71 million. The Tiso Blackstar Group owns various broadcasting brands ...


Local Content  |  Netflix Starts Production On Second Original African Series

Netflix Africa has kicked off the production for its second original African series. The upcoming series, Blood & Water is a coming of age, mystery drama that is based in Cape Town. The highly-acclaimed award-winning director Nosipho Dumisa (Best Director, ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Arabsat To Deliver Moroccan Channel Through Arabsat-5C Across Africa

Arabsat has announced that it will be broadcasting the Moroccan TV channel, Al Maghribia, via Arabsat-5C, the Arabic satellite for Direct-To-Home services across Africa. Al Maghribia is a channel of the SNRT (Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision) bouquet ...


Telecom  |  MTN's Massive Nigeria Tax Dispute Adjourned Until October

A Nigerian judge who has been given the responsibility to resolve a $2billion (R28.65bn) tax dispute between South African mobile network provider -MTN Group and Nigeria's attorney-general, adjourned the case until October 29 The attorney-general has said that MTN must ...


Showcase Interview  |  "The Evolving OTT Media Landscape Is A Win-Win Situation For All Industry Stakeholders" – Osezua Stephen-Imobhio, President – Oduma Creative Worx LTD

Osezua Stephen-Imobhio, the President of Oduma Creative Worx LTD, says that the transformation of the broadcasting and media industry from linear to digital, coupled with the evolving streaming and Over-The-Top (OTT) media landscape is part of a positive transformation that ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) Makes Progress In Changing Media Landscape

The Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) Secretary General Cecil Jarurakouje Nguvauva recently acknowledged SADC Public Service Broadcasters and governments of SADC for their tireless support and contribution to the various projects that SABA is currently rolling out. The Secretary-General said ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Plans To Price London Listing At Bottom Of Price Range – Reports

Airtel Africa Ltd’s forthcoming initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange is expected to make its entrance with the pricing of 80 pence, the bottom end of its price range, according to one of the bookrunners involved in the ...


Sports Rights  |  Uganda Broadcasting Corporation In Talks To Broadcast AFCON On Credit

Uganda’s national broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) is in negotiations with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to broadcast the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) matches on credit. The tournament that is currently being held in Egypt began a ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Group Announces Sale Of Business Unit In Zambia

The Vodacom Group which operates in Zambia as Vodafone has announced that it has sold its business unit operations in Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria to Andile Ngcaba’s Synergy Communications. The transaction is now awaiting approval from the regulatory authorities ...


Industry Forum  |  How To Build Viable Digital Broadcasting Services On Converged Infrastructure And Platforms

This platform, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) is convening broadcast and media executives for an industry forum on Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media on the 21st – 22nd August 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel –Sandton in Johannesburg, ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Secures Four Million More Subscribers, Invests $220m In Nigeria

The Chinese media company, StarTimes, has revealed that it has invested $220m in Nigeria since it rolled out operations in the country in 2010. David Zhang, the Managing Director of StarTimes, announced this in Abuja at the celebration of 2019 ...


Content Services  |  eNCA Scraps Long-Running Shows As It Revamps Its Schedule

eNCA (DStv 403) has cancelled Tonight with Jane Dutton, along with several other new and long-running shows - including Maggs on Media. The news comes as eNCA is once again working on a scheduling-revamp following a lacklustre line-up reshuffle it ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation To Bring Back TV Licence Fee

Augustin Yamson, the acting Director-General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has announced that GBC has decided to bring back the payment of the TV Licence fee as the organisation starts to focus more on Public Service Broadcasting and also aims ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Deploys 4G+ In Cities

In its determination to provide premium service to its subscribers across the country, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has launched 4G+ in Abuja, Lagos and Port-Harcourt. MTN 4G+ operates on 4G LTE advanced technology, using a fusion of the recently deployed ...


Content Services  |  Namibia Broadcasting Corporation Debuts First Reality Show

The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has announced that it has finally launched, ‘Body with Maria’, its first reality show which will be broadcast on NBC TV every Sunday. The show will be hosted by Maria Nepembe, a former Namibian Big ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Signs 2G Licence Deal With Congo

The Vodacom Group has confirmed that it has signed a contract with the Congolese government to end a standoff over the recent cancellation of its 2G telecoms licence. The Congolese ministry had suspended the licence in April, saying that Vodacom ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Rolls Out Anti-fraud API To Protect Its Business

Amid increasing reports of fraud related to SIM swaps, Safaricom has rolled out an anti-fraud API designed to protect its business and that of other financial institutions. The service will allow financial institutions to enquire with Safaricom if there has ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Zimbabwe Headed For Trying Times -Reports

MultiChoice Zimbabwe is bracing itself for another knock as the remaining DStv and GOtv subscribers in the country are now forced to pay their monthly subscription fees in the new Zimbabwean dollar as the only approved currency. Last week MultiChoice ...


Sports Rights  |  Zimbabwe's ZBC Struggles To Pay For AFCON Rights -Reports

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is reportedly battling to secure the €700 000 (about US$791 000) that is required to secure broadcast rights for the soccer tournament that just kicked off in Egypt. Zimbabwe’s national soccer team is part of this ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Signs $138Mil Loan Agreement With Nigeria’s Banks

Airtel Nigeria has reportedly signed a five-year loan contact with a number of Banks in Nigeria.   This news comes just as the telecommunication firm prepares to list its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the 4th of ...


Telecom  |  Orange And Other Leading Telcos Consider Ethiopia Entry

Orange has confirmed that it is considering a bid for a stake in Ethiopia’s state-owned phone monopoly as the country prepares to welcome foreign telecoms investors for the first time. The Deputy CEO of the French carrier, Ramon Fernandez, said ...


Content Services  |  ZBCtv Rolls Out New TV Show ‘Malaika’ In Zimbabwe

ZBCtv introduced new TV show ‘Malaika’ which deals with the difficulties faced by women in their everyday life from a Christian perspective every Saturday at 5.30PM. The show is hosted by Rosemary Tyatya together with a panel that features co-hosts ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice To Lay Off 2194 Employees -Reports

More than 2 000 MultiChoice employees have reportedly been served with retrenchment letters, as the pay-TV services operator plans for a business “realignment”. Employees were informed of these plans on Friday by MultiChoice’s Group CEO Calvo Mawela. The 2194 employees ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Announces Plans To Sell Operations In Nigeria

Mobile phone company Vodacom has announced a strategic reshuffling of its Vodacom Business Africa operations that it said would result in three individual share purchase agreements involving its businesses in Nigeria, Angola, Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. Vodacom issued a ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Rolls Out Bollywood Channel 'StarLife'

Fans of Bollywood will now enjoy Indian movies as StarTimes has confirmed the addition of StarLife to its list of offered channels. This was announced by the StarTimes Brand and Marketing Director, Qasim Elegbede, at a recent press conference. Elegbede ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Seacom To Look Into Fibre Opportunities Across East Africa

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has given a grant to pan-African telecoms, and network services provider Seacom limited to conduct a feasibility study of the market potential for fibre services in Uganda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. According ...


Film Making  |  SABC, M-Net And Gauteng Film Commission To Conduct Content Licensing Sessions In South Africa

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA), The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) and the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) will be in attendance at the 3rd Ekurhuleni International Film Festival (EIFF) that is taking place from 20 June up ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Launches' Reverse Call' Feature

Safaricom has launched a reverse call feature that enables its clients to make calls on a zero airtime balance. The service enables the caller to transfer the cost of the call to the receiver by adding a '#' before the ...


Local Content  |  Casting And Location Scouting Starting Soon For M-Net's Forthcoming 'Shaka' Series

Casting and location scouting will begin soon to find the perfect place and talent to film M-Net's edition of the story of the South African Zulu king Shaka that will be aired as a new drama series on DStv's Mzansi ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Server Hacked By Suspected Cyber Criminals -Reports

Media reports from Nigerian news publications revealed that over the past weekend MTN was the victim of cyber-crime on its server that saw the mobile giant lose over $1,9 million (N700 million) in a little under two hours, after its ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Research Company Releases List Of Kenya’s Highest Ranking TV And Radio Stations

A recent report of the research done by Trends and Insights For Africa (TIFA) has named the TV and Radio Stations which captured the majority of the Kenyan audience over the last seven days. The African-based research firm gathered the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA To Investigate Broadcasting ‘Must-Carry’ Regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released a press statement announcing that it intends to launch an inquiry into South African broadcasting’s must-carry regulations to determine if they need to be amended. According to ICASA, the cause ...


Digital TV  |  SAWA Rights Management Rolls Out Insight TV On My-HD In North Africa

SAWA Rights Management (SRM) has announced that it will be launching Insight TV across North Africa on My-HD, a direct-to-home Pay-TV platform that is offered in HD. Subscribers from all areas of the Middle East and North Africa will now ...


Local Film  |  New Amnesty International Launches Human Rights Film In West And Central Africa

Two years following the launch of its Brave Campaign, Amnesty International is rolling out a film that will document the courage of human rights defenders from West and Central Africa. The thought-provoking film “Brave: Human Rights Defenders In West And ...


Telecom  |  Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria Reassures Telecoms Stakeholders Of Fairness

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, has reassured players in Nigeria’s telecommunications industry of transparency and fairness in adjudication. The acting CJN gave this assurance while delivering a speech at the recent Nigerian Communications Commission 2019 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax And DStv Now Performing Better Than Netflix In Africa -Reports

MultiChoice has published its annual results for the year that ended on 31 March 2019, detailing how the company performed across its online and pay-TV divisions. The company’s pay-TV market is shifting towards widespread take-up of its lower-end products instead ...


Satellite Broadband  |  Newly Formed Collaboration Aims To Boost Satellite Service To Angola, South Sudan And Chad

The London-based satellite ISP Avanti Communications has inked a five-year deal with the telecoms services provider MGI Global Services to widen satellite broadband services to Angola, Chad and South Sudan. A joint statement released by the companies states that the ...


Sports Rights  |  MultiChoice Kenya Acquires Rights To Air Live AFCON Matches In HD

The Pay-television operator MultiChoice has confirmed that it will broadcast live AFCON games in HD through its products GOtv and DStv in Kenya. Kenya’s Harambee Stars will kick-off their participation on June 23 against Africa’s top-ranked team Algeria in Pool ...


Content Services  |  Philippine Telenova ‘Asintado’ Debuts On StarTimes Nigeria

Asintado, the stylish Philippine telenovela series is currently enjoying significant viewership ratings on the TV screen on StarTimes Novela E Plus, Channel 057 and 128. The brand new telenovela, Asintado is shown every Friday to Sunday at 18: 50 African ...


Industry Forum  |  The Independent Television Producers Association Of Nigeria (ITPAN) Supports 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention

The Independent Television Producers Association Of Nigeria (ITPAN) has confirmed that it will be a collaborating partner at the forthcoming 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention.   The industry gathering with the theme: “A vibrant broadcast industry for a convergent ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Targets A Valuation Of Over $4.5bn In London IPO -Reports

Airtel Africa has announced that it is targeting a valuation of over $4.5bn as it forges ahead with a London listing.  The African continent’s second-largest mobile operator runs a telecoms and mobile money business throughout 14 African countries. It announced ...


Local Content  |  HBO's Cinemax Joins South Africa-Germany Co-Production Series, Trackers

HBO's Cinemax TV channel has joined South Africa's M-Net and Germany's ZDF in their production collaboration of the Cape Town filmed drama series that is based on Deon Meyer's crime-and-spy book Trackers. While M-Net will broadcast Trackers in South Africa ...


Local Film  |  Egyptian Film Bags Two Awards At Brooklyn Film Festival

The Egyptian film “Between Two Seas” which was directed by Anas Tolba took home the Mariam Naoum Art Achievement Award and also the prize for the best narrative film at the end of the 22nd edition of the Brooklyn Film ...


Sports Rights  |  Botswana Television In Talks To Secure Rights To Broadcast AFCON Matches

Botswana’s national television broadcaster, Botswana Television (Btv) has reported that it is in the process of acquiring broadcast rights for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Cairo, Egypt next week Friday. The Head of Sports of ...


Pay TV  |  Nigerian Govt Issues Final Order To MultiChoice Nigeria Demanding Changes

The Nigerian government's Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has issued a "final order" to MultiChoice Nigeria demanding that the pay-TV operator adheres to a new list of demands such as a "24-hour call centres, seven days a week. ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya CEO Clarifies Merger Deal With Airtel

Telkom Kenya’s CEO Mugo Kibati has clarified issues surrounding the plans of the operator on its journey towards growth. The carrier is third in terms of the number of active subscribers it commands in Kenya, behind the market leader Safaricom ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: KBC Investigated Over Alleged Fraudulent Deals With MultiChoice And GoTV -Reports

Kenya’s National Assembly has recently launched investigations into suspected fraudulent activity in the multi-billion-shilling business collaborations between Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), GoTV Kenya Limited and MultiChoice Africa Limited. The investigation by the committee on Communication, Information and Innovation was initiated ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa's SABC Warns Of Imminent Communication Blackout Due To Financial Woes

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is in the midst of some serious financial issues, and has warned South Africans that a communication blackout is ‘imminent’. The Chairman of the SABC board, Bongumusa Makhathini, told the Sunday Times publication that ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  SuperSport Rolls Out Olympic Channel On Digital Platforms

As the world counts down to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, SuperSport has launched the Olympic Channel content on its digital platforms to further engage audiences on the Olympic Movement all year round. The Olympic Channel has been made available ...


Telecom  |  Zambia Forges Ahead With Plans To Implement Biometric SIM Card Registration

It has been announced that as of January 2020 Zambia plans to implement biometric SIM card registration to minimise fraud. The Corporate Communications Manager of Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) Edward Mulenga said that all Mobile Network Operators ...


Sports Rights  |  Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria Secures Rights To Broadcast FIFA Tournament

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) announced that it had secured the rights to air FIFA tournaments. Under the terms of the deal, the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) partner networks will be allowed to broadcast all FIFA football tournaments, ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telkom And Vodacom In Legal Battle Over Laying Of Fibreoptic Cables

South Africa’s telecommunications giants Vodacom and Telkom are reportedly in the midst of a bitter court battle over the laying of fibreoptic cables. A ground-breaking judgment that could ultimately speed up the provision of fibre internet to people who reside ...


Industry Forum  |  Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria (BON) Will Co-Convene Convention Of Broadcasters And Media Stakeholders

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will co-convene the forthcoming 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention - Nigeria in collaboration with Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), it has been announced. The joint statement by the Publisher of the Broadcast Media Africa ...


Telecom  |  MTN Rolls Out Mobile Money Chat Bot In Ivory Coast

MTN has announced the launch of its Mobile Money (MoMo) service chat bot. The chat bot has gone live in Ivory Coast and will be rolled out across MTN’s footprint over the next few months. The AI mobile money “assistant” ...


Film Making  |  Filmmakers Celebrate Ghana's First-Ever Online Cinema, 'Moovee'

When it comes to movie premieres in Africa and other parts of the globe, the traditional platform which movie lovers use to view spectacular performances by their favourite stars has been the cinemas. But with the innovation in the digital ...


Sports Rights  |  The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Secures Free-To-Air AFCON Rights

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation has secured the exclusive broadcasting rights for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) tournament which will be taking place in Cairo from June 21 until July 19. A record number of 24 teams will ...


Broadcasting Services  |  M-Net Fights Back Against Video Streamers With New Strategy To Reshape Traditional Broadcasting

Traditional linear TV broadcasters in the United States and now also in Africa are fighting back against the increasing popularity of video streaming services, and MultiChoice's M-Net is leading the movement with the first new trend - longer episode lengths ...


Pay TV  |  Africa's MultiChoice Group Reportedly Expects To Suffer Headline Loss

MultiChoice Group, Africa's largest pay-TV company, has confirmed that it expects to suffer a headline loss this year, due to foreign exchange losses in its South African business, among other reasons. MultiChoice, the spin-off from e-commerce giant Naspers, forecasts to ...


Broadband  |  NCC Recommits To Bridging Nigeria’s Broadband Infrastructure Gap

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed its commitment to bridge the gap between the planned and existing fibre infrastructure to increase the country’s broadband penetration.   Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigeria Communications Commission ...


Content Services  |  TAC Studios To Co-Produce Four New TV Series Across Africa

TAC Studios, the production division of the Africa Channel which is based in America, has announced that it is currently co-producing four new TV series across Africa, including My Design Rules with Cape Town's Cardova Productions that will most probably ...


Local Content  |  Production Kicks Off For Netflix’s First African Original, Queen Sono

Netflix, the global leader in internet entertainment services, has started the production on its first original African series, Queen Sono, a riveting and action-packed spy thriller produced by the Johannesburg-based Diprente. Actress, Pearl Thusi stars in the title role as ...


Industry Forum  |  Sentech Announced As Lead Partner At Forum On Content Management For Broadcasters In Namibia

The Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) and Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) as Co-conveners of the Industry Forum on Content Management For Digital Broadcast Media on the 25th to 28th of June 2019 in Swakopmund, Namibia have announced SENTECH as the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Sky Limited Removes Nigerian Television Authority From Its UK Cable Platform

Sky Limited, Europe’s largest digital satellite TV service, has removed The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) from its UK cable platform.  Sky’s website confirms that NTA has been barred from airing on Channel 794.   A message on Sky’s website stated ...


Sports Rights  |  MultiChoice Tanzania Secures Rights To Broadcast 52 Live AFCON Matches On SuperSport

MultiChoice Tanzania, through its DStv pay-TV platform, has secured the rights to air 52 live Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) matches in high definitions through the various SuperSport Channels. According to Jacqueline Woiso, the Managing Director of MultiChoice Tanzania, the ...


Telecom  |  Gambia's Gamcel Calls For Urgent Government Bailout

Gambia's state-owned mobile operator Gamcel is desperately asking for an urgent injection of capital from the government in order to stabilise its network and upgrade its infrastructure. Addressing Gambia's National Assembly Gamcel's Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Johnson said that the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  NBC And AIT Resolve Differences Following Intervention By Nigeria’s ‘Media Elders’ -Reports

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and DAAR Communications Plc., the owners of Ray Power FM and Africa Independent Television (AIT), have reportedly resolved their differences. Nduka Obaigbena, the President of the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), disclosed this in a statement ...


Content Services  |  Showmax Takes On SuperSport By Live Streaming Sports Content

The MultiChoice Group's subscription video-on-demand service (SVOD) Showmax has announced that it has started live-streaming sports content that until now had only been available on its DStv satellite pay-TV service and on DStv Now Catch Up, as part of ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  Kenya's Veteran Sports Commentator Mohammed Juma Njuguna Dies

Kenya's veteran sports commentator Mohammed Juma Njuguna passed away on Saturday at the Nairobi Hospital after a long battle with illness. The legendary broadcaster, who had close to four decades of journalism experience, was working as a content producer at ...


Music Streaming  |  Awtar Multimedia And Ethio Telecom To Launch Music Streaming App In Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s telecom operator Ethio Telecom, in partnership with Awtar Multimedia, intends to roll out a music streaming app which will be similar to Spotify for all Android phone users in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Awtar Music App, which was founded ...


Sports Rights  |  SABC's Live Cricket World Cup 2019 Coverage In South Africa Is Over Due To Limited Rights

The SABC's live coverage of the Cricket World Cup 2019 on South African television is over and after it had barely begun, with no more live broadcasts of TV matches. The South African public broadcaster confirmed that the viewers and ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Secures Broadcast Rights For Copa América Games In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Pan-African pay-TV operator StarTimes has acquired broadcast rights to the forthcoming edition of the Copa América national team football tournament. The Nigerian Xpress newspaper has reported that StarTimes will now hold exclusive rights to broadcast the tournament all across ...


Sports Rights  |  Infront Acquires Rights To Broadcast English Premier League Across Africa

The Premier League and Infront have signed a new partnership for free-to-air rights across sub-Saharan Africa for the next three years kicking off with the current 2019/20 season.   The rights to the Premier League will cover more than 40 ...


Telecom  |  Econet Wireless And FinTech Firms In Zimbabwe Delay Release Of Financials

Econet Wireless and the FinTech Group Cassava have confirmed that they have postponed the release of their respective financials for the period to the end of February 2019, after being given the go-ahead by the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE). The ...


Content Services  |  Viacom Africa Commissions New Reality Wedding Dress Show For DStv's BET Africa

Viacom Africa has announced that it has commissioned a brand new local South African wedding dress reality show, 2 Families and a Wedding Dress, that will roll out on BET (DStv 129) on Wednesday 24 July at 21:30. Similar to ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria’s NBC Threatens To Fine AIT, Raypower For Airing Uncensored Social Media Comments

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Nigeria has threatened to sanction Daar Communications Group for using social media comments in one of its programmes, Kakaaki, and for ‘unprofessional’ conduct by the media house. Nigeria’s broadcast regulatory commission wrote three separate ...


Sports Rights  |  BeIN Sports Bags Rights To Broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup Across North Africa

FIFA and the beIN MEDIA GROUP (“beIN”), have announced a new media rights deal that will see beIN SPORTS exclusively broadcasting the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 in over 30 countries across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC To Give 25% Free Advertising Airtime To Small Agencies As Part Of Competition Commission Ruling

Starting from 1 July 2019 to 31 March 2020 the SABC will be giving all qualifying small ad agencies 25% free advertising airtime as part of the Competition Tribunal's order which was announced in February 2019. The South African public ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Openview Free-To-Air Digital Platform Reports Strong Annual Growth

eMedia Holdings, the owner of eNCA, e.tv and Openview, last week reported results for the year that ended in March 2019 showing slight growth in revenue from continuing operations of $161 million, from $154 million before. The group reported a ...


Industry Forum  |  Industry Stakeholders To Review Innovations At Nigeria's 4th Annual Convention On Digital Broadcasting And Media

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with key supporting partners will be convening Nigeria's senior broadcasting and media executives for the  4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention In Lagos, Nigeria, on the 27th & 28th August 2019.   The industry ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  China Radio International Resumes Broadcasts In Africa

China Radio International resumed its shortwave broadcasts from a relay site in Mali, in March this year. The facility had been inactive for over a year. The site comprises of two 100 kW transmitters from the Beijing-based BBEF Electronics Group, ...


Music Streaming  |  Vodacom’s My Muze Close To Achieving 1 Million Milestone

Since the rollout of its new music gateway in April, Vodacom’s My Muze has rapidly proven itself as a force to be reckoned with in South Africa’s digital music scene. Providing streaming and downloading access to over 30 million songs, ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Kenya Announces Plans To Invest US$59-Million In DARE Submarine Cable System

Kenya has announced that it plans to connect to the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) submarine fibre optic cable system at a staggering cost of US$59-million. According to the contractor SubCom the connection which is scheduled for completion by June ...


Telecom  |  MTN’s Largest Shareholder, PIC Reportedly Calls For Board Changes

Public Investment Corp. (PIC), MTN’s majority shareholder, is reportedly calling for the restructuring of the board of the mobile-phone firm to avoid the legal, regulatory and political disputes on the continent.   Bloomberg was informed by people familiar with the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Competition Commission Supports ICASA’s Plans To Open Up SA's Pay-TV Market

South Africa’s Competition Commission has come out in full support of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s plans to introduce various changes to open up the country’s pay-TV market and to make sure that sporting events of national ...


Industry Forum  |  Successful Management Of Digital Media Infrastructure To Take Centre Stage At Upcoming Industry Forum In Johannesburg, SA

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) has announced that it will be hosting the International Forum on ‘Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media on the 21st – 22nd August 2019 in Johannesburg – South Africa.   According to the event ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes To Bring 2019 African Freestyle Football Championships To 20 Million Viewers

StarTimes, the official media partner of the 2019 African Freestyle Football Championships, has announced that it will transmit the competition to more than 20 million viewers. The Public Relation Manager of StarTimes, Kunmi Balogun, made the revelation in a Lagos ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Aims To Raise $1Billion In LSE Listing Of African Unit

Bharti Airtel Ltd has applied for the UK financial regulator to approve the initial public offering of its African unit in London as it tries to decrease its debt and expand its network. Airtel Africa Ltd, Africa’s second-largest mobile operator, ...


Telecom  |  Telcos In Zimbabwe Sign Infrastructure Sharing Agreement

Zimbabwe telecommunications operators Econet Wireless and NetOne, the mobile arm of TelOne, have inked a telecom infrastructure sharing deal. The move is in alignment with the instruction given by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). NetOne plans ...


Telecom  |  MTN CEO Earmarks Ethiopia On MTN's Expansion Roadmap

The CEO of MTN, Rob Shuter is looking for new markets to conquer and has earmarked Ethiopia, Africa's second largest country by population following Nigeria, as a country that best fits the profile of a long-term strategic investment target. In ...


Telecom  |  American Tower Corp Reportedly Acquires African Towers Company Eaton For $1.85Billion

The African mobile specialist Eaton Towers, which postponed its plans for an IPO last year, has agreed to be bought out by American Tower Corp. (ATC) in a deal valued at approximately US$1.85 billion. Eaton, which was founded in 2009, ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Announces Plans To Review Contract With Ghana’s Football Association

Akofia Dzankui, the Head of Marketing at StarTimes Ghana, has provided an explanation regarding why the company has so far not constructed any of the ten pitches as stipulated in their contract with the Ghana Football Association administration. The ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya Broadcasting Commission Calls For Govt Intervention In Settlement Of Historical Debts

The Managing Director of the Kenya Broadcasting Commission, Dr Naim Bilal has declared that there is a need to update the Kenya Broadcasting Act cap 221 to allow for the establishment of a functional public service broadcaster and also to ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria’s Telcos Call For Removal Of Growth-Stifling Taxes

Nigeria’s telecoms operators have requested an Executive Order (EO) to decrease the number of taxes imposed on their operations.   They spoke at the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit 2019, in Lagos recently.   The experts at the event organised by ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  StarTimes Ghana Sues Two TV Stations For Copyright Infringement -Reports

One of Africa’s leading pay-TV service providers, StarTimes has secured a lawsuit against two of Ghana’s media houses for allegedly infringing on their copyrights. The two media houses, Media 7, a broadcasting group that is affiliated with channels such as ...


Broadband  |  Jumia Nigeria Report Predicts Broadband Penetration Will Rise To 55% By 2025

The “Nigeria Mobile Report 2019” that was released at the weekend by Jumia Nigeria has stated that the country’s mobile broadband penetration is forecast to increase to 55 percent of its population by the end of 2025. Presenting the report, ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Ghana’s Broadcasters Reportedly Stand Against Implementation Of DTT Policy To Save Free-to-Air TV

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has reportedly taken a stand against the Ministry of Communication’s policy to block free-to-air (FTA) TV content in the country. According to the association, if approved, the policy would wipe out FTA public service ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Legal Battle Looms Between ICASA And MultiChoice -Reports

A legal battle is brewing between the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) and the pay-TV giant MultiChoice as the regulator forges ahead with its plans to open up the market. On April 12, ICASA revealed its draft findings from ...


Content Services  |  Egypt Media Company Rolls Out Special Channel For Africa Cup Of Nations 2019

The Egypt Media Company and the National Media Authority have launched the land and satellite Time Sport Channel to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations that will be taking place in Cairo from June 21 to July 19, 2019. Egypt ...


Content Services  |  Discovery And MultiChoice To Add The American Channel HGTV To DStv

MultiChoice has announced that together with Discovery, it will be adding America's Home and Garden (HGTV) channel to its DStv pay-TV service from mid-July. HGTV will bring DStv subscribers a brand new TV channel with fresh programming about home improvement, ...


Telecom  |  Tanzania Telecommunication Corporation Requests $77Billion From Government

The State-owned Tanzania Telecommunication Corporation (TTCL) has declared that it needs a $77billion capital injection from the Tanzanian Government to fund its plans to compete with its market rivals, including the dominant operator in the country, Vodacom Tanzania. According to ...


Local Film  |  Netflix Intensifies Focus On African Content, Acquires Cannes Grand Prix Winner -Atlantics!

Netflix has revealed that it has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Switzerland, China, Benelux, Russia and France) to the French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop’s feature film debut, the multi-award winning “Atlantics,” which was showcased at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it ...


Music Streaming  |  Boomplay Reveals Plans To Invest $1m In Kenya

Boomplay Kenya’s General Manager, Martha Huro, recently announced that Boomplay would soon be investing $1m in Kenya. Huro made the announcement at Boomplay’s music conference in Nairobi this week. The conference, which addressed topics aimed at improving music distribution in ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Ethiopia Collaborates With China To Construct New Communication And Broadcast Satellite -Reports

Ethiopia and China have signed a collaborative deal to build a communication and broadcast satellite. The contract was signed two days ago in Addis Ababa by Han Chinping, the Deputy President of the Chinese Rocket Company and Dr Solomon Belay, ...


Music Streaming  |  Econet Continues To Excite The Zimbabwean Market With The Buddie Beatz Music App

Buddie Beatz, the music app by Econet Wireless, is continuing to excite the market after its recent launch and its award-winning exhibition at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). Fayaz King, Econet’s CEO, said that the interest in the app ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  NIGCOMSAT Collaborates With China's CGWIC To Deliver New Satellite DTH Platform In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communication Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT) and the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) have joined forces to launch NextTv, a new satellite Direct-to-Home TV platform, as reported by some news sources in Nigeria. Previously, CGWIC had served as the ...


Local Film  |  Nollywood Gets Global Exposure Through Netflix

Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, has long been affected by piracy. But in the spring of 2019 EbonyLife, the makers of the film Chief Daddy managed to cash in on a new window of opportunity online. The movie’s global streaming rights ...


Sports Rights  |  SABC Inks Deal With SuperSport To Broadcast 2019 Cricket World Cup In South Africa

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and SuperSport have announced that they have entered into an agreement which will allow South Africa’s national broadcaster to cover the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The highly-anticipated sporting tournament will kick off on ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  OneWeb Plans To Bring Satellite Internet Connectivity To Rural Angola

The US satellite telecoms provider OneWeb has announced that it will assist Angola in expanding internet access in remote rural areas by the end of 2021, following a recent meeting with the country’s president Joao Lourenco, according to reports by ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria’s Government To Fund Digital Switch Over Process With USD83 Million – NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) recently announced that the Federal Government would be releasing N30 billion ($83 mil) for the process of Digital Switch Over (DSO) in the country. The Director-General of the NBC, Ishaq Kawu, told members of the ...


Telecom  |  Mascom Wireless Botswana Shareholders Reportedly Battling Over Ownership

According to recent media reports, a shareholder battle has been brewing at Botswana’s largest telco by subscribers, Mascom Wireless. In March, a deal worth USD300 million was struck for the minority shareholder Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless to acquire the 53% share ...


Film Making  |  StarTimes ON Unveils Pan Africa Online Film Festival

StarTimes ON has launched its Pan Africa Online Film Festival (PAOFF). The festival was introduced at an event, which was held recently at the National Art Theatre in Lagos, Nigeria. Aimed at showcasing and promoting African local online film creation, ...


Telecom  |  NCC Adjusts Teledensity To Align With Nigeria's 190 Million Population

The Nigerian Communications Commission has recently re-aligned the computation of the country’s teledensity with the latest population figure of 190 million from the previous 140 million in 2006 as counted by the National Population Commission (NPC). The NCC issued a ...


Telecom  |  NCC Gives MTN Nigeria A May 31 Deadline To Settle Balance Of Multi-Billion-Dollar Fine

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has been given until May 31 to pay the balance of $15bn out of the $91bn fine that was imposed on the telecommunications company by the NCC for ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Announces Rollout Of 24Hr News Channel Across Africa

A 24-Hour news channel, Plus TV Africa, will now be broadcast across all of Africa on the StarTimes dish platform. StarTimes made this announcement barely six months after the channel was launched locally on the pay-TV platform. According to StarTimes, ...


Broadband  |  MainOne Introduces $6Billion Digital Lagos Campaign

The connectivity and datacentre service provider MainOne has announced that it will invest more than $6billion over the next 2-3 years into its Digital Lagos: Broadband for All campaign launched this week. According to the firm, the objective of the ...


Content Services  |  My-HD Pay-TV Platform Adds Insight TV To Its Offering In North Africa

Insight TV has rolled out its HD channel in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) on My-HD, a local Pay-TV platform. The deal was made through the Dubai-based distribution firm, SAWA Rights Management. My-HD subscribers in the Kingdom ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Sputnik Widens Its Reach In Africa

Russia’s Sputnik news agency and radio has entered into a partnership agreement with Congo’s national broadcaster, RTNC (Radio Television Nationale Congolaise). The deal was signed recently in Moscow as part of the Congolese delegation’s visit to Russia. The document was ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Nigeria's HotSports Media Secures Egypt 2019 AFCON Broadcasting Rights

Nigeria's HotSports Media Group has been granted the rights to broadcast the 32nd African Cup of Nations kicking off in Cairo on June 21. It will be aired on terrestrial television channels throughout Nigeria, the company has announced. The media ...


Industry Forum  |  Industry Leaders Of Nigeria's Digital Broadcast Media Industry To Gather For 4th Annual Summit On Broadcasting

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) has announced that it will be collaborating with high-level industry partners to host the 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention In Lagos, Nigeria, on the 27th & 28th August 2019. According to the event organisers, the ...


Regulation  |  Kenya Revenue Authority Announces Plans To Potentially Tax Netflix And Other OTT Businesses

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is preparing a policy that could tax Over-The-Top (OTT) non-resident subscription-based services, such as Netflix and Hulu, that charge users on a monthly basis. Speaking at an online tax forum hosted by the KRA, Githinji ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Confirms That Plans To Build HQ In Nairobi Are Still Underway

In July 2014 China’s StarTimes Group hosted a ground-breaking event in the Nairobi suburb of Karen and announced plans to build its African headquarters in the Kenyan city. Since then, progress towards the construction of the project has been painfully ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Offers Free YouTube To Its Data Customers

Safaricom has announced that all its subscribers purchasing the All-in-One monthly bundles will be gifted with an additional free five Gigabytes of YouTube that will be valid for 30 days. This special offer will allow subscribers to use the free ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Gears Up To Conduct Public Hearings Over Sports Broadcasting Regulations In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is getting ready to hold public hearings on the Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations that were published on 14 December 2018. The hearings are scheduled to take place from 27 to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Independent Broadcast Authority Issues New Directive To Zambia’s Radio, TV Stations

The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has given a new directive that all TV and radio stations in Zambia should start submitting broadcast recordings to the Authority every two weeks. The IBA’s Director-General Josephine Mapoma released a statement saying that the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwean Government To Licence 24 TV Stations

Zimbabwe’s Secretary of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana has announced that Zimbabwe’s government is in the process of licensing 24 TV channels in order to increase access to information. Mangwana said that the channels would be open for ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile Announces Cheaper Rates With The Rollout Of Its Hajj Roaming Plan

9mobile has launched a new season of its Hajj roaming special that gives pilgrims the chance to send and receive text messages, make and receive calls, and use data at much cheaper rates while in Saudi Arabia.  A statement issued ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  New Broadcast Deal Puts Canal Algérie On Arabsat-5C

The Algerian French-speaking public TV channel, Canal Algérie, which is owned by EPTV (Algerian Public Television) owns Terrestrial TV, A3 (available on BADR-6), Coran TV and Tamazight TV. Canal Algérie broadcasts its content 24/7 using different platforms all over the ...


Showcase Interview  |  "Funding Of Quality Local Content Calls For Deliberate Effort", Says Florence Haifene - Namibia Film Commission

Ms Florence Haifene, the Head of the Namibia Film Commission, says that the future of quality local content is dependent on deliberate efforts being made by businesses and leaders of state to fund original African content.   Ms Haifene, responding ...


Digital Migration  |  Stakeholders Urge Nigeria’s FG To Prioritise Digital Switchover

Critical stakeholders in Nigeria have urged the federal government to take the necessary steps required to ensure the realisation of a full migration from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting despite many efforts by some to delay the process, according ...


Content Services  |  DStv And GOtv Invest In More Children’s Content With The Launch Of PBS KIDS

In an effort to entertain and educate more children, PBS Distribution has joined forces with MultiChoice Africa to deliver PBS KIDS’ high-quality educational children’s content to the GOtv and DStv platforms available across sub-Saharan Africa. Starting on Wednesday 22 May, ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify's Latest App Update Highlights Video Podcasts

Spotify's mobile music app was recently renamed Spotify - Music and Podcasts, as the company pulls its $500 million investment into podcasting to the forefront of its whole ecosystem. The new design will soon be made available to the app's ...


Broadband  |  Poa Rolls Out Low-Cost Internet In Kenya

The low-cost internet provider Poa! Internet has announced the completion of its wireless internet network in Kiambu and Nairobi counties in Kenya. More than 3,000 Wi-Fi hotspots were installed by the company and already help Jamhuri, Kibera, Kawangware, Kabiria, Waithaka, ...


Local Content  |  GOtv Expands Its Local Content Offering In Nigeria

GOtv was launched in 2011 in the birthplace of television in Africa, Ibadan. The arrival of the digital terrestrial television (DTT) service, immediately extended the access to digital television broadcasting for Nigerians. GOtv also announced that one of its objectives ...


Broadband  |  Liquid Telecom Rolls Out Azure Stack Cloud Service In East Africa

Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a Microsoft Cloud service in East Africa that would transform cybersecurity for the region’s most sensitive databases. The multinational telco announced that the new Azure Stack service would enable companies to operate a private Microsoft ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC's Radio Park Building Deemed Safe Following Recent Diesel Spillage

The South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) Radio Park building in Johannesburg has been cleared and deemed safe for occupation, and handed back to the national broadcaster after a final air sampling and health and safety check conducted by representatives of ...


Local Film  |  New Zimbabwean Film Encourages Community Development

In a bid to encourage community development and bring home a vision of a beautiful and model world-class city, Zimbabwean filmmaker Jack Chimbetete recently launch his documentary “The Greater Des Moines Story” at Batanai Gardens. The Jacks Shack International (JSI) ...


Telecom  |  Egypt's Etisalat Misr Confirms The Budget Allocation Of US$167-Million For Network Upgrade

The Egyptian mobile operator Etisalat Misr's CEO, Hazem Metwally, has confirmed that the company has set aside US$167.3-million to revamp its network. Metwally said that the intention is to secure maximum revenue from internet services as the business works hard ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Citizen TV Secures Exclusive Rights To Broadcast ‘East Africa’s Got Talent’

East Africa’s version of ‘Got Talent’ where talented East Africans will get the unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their skills on TV will be shown exclusively on Citizen TV. The show which was created by the British talent competition judge ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa Service Struggles With Deployment Challenges

Eutelsat’s rollout of satellite broadband throughout Africa has faced many deployment issues that have wiped out revenue expectations from its new business line for this year. Eutelsat executives said that the challenges that came with getting Konnect Africa off the ...


Local Content  |  Showmax Screens Swahili Telenovelas That Are Revamping Kenya’s TV Industry

In the history of Kenyan television, Swahili soap operas were the rage, according to many of the country’s TV viewers. Swahili soapies such as Penzi Hatari, Tausi, and Kisulisuli were popular with the audiences and dominated the TV industry in ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Disney Takes Full Control Of Hulu, Rolls Out Streamer Globally -Reports

The Walt Disney company has confirmed that it has taken over all operational control of the Hulu SVOD service in the United States with immediate effect. Although no time-frame has been given for its roll-out in global markets or which ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Extends Network Upgrades To More Towns In Kenya

Telkom Kenya is upgrading its network in five of the towns to cater to growing demand across the East-African country. The ongoing upgrade is a critical part of the mobile operator’s KSh 1 billion network expansion and optimisation programme and ...


Film and Cinema  |  NFVCB Boss Rates Nigerian Film Contents Among The Best Worldwide

The Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Adedayo Thomas, has rated Nigerian film contents as one of the greatest in terms of value in the global film industry. Thomas made this declaration at a two-day ...


Local Film  |  Zimbabwe And Nigeria Co-Production Project Set To Break Traditional Gender Structures In Film

Zimbabwe's award-winning filmmaker and author, Tsitsi Dangarembga is set to direct a new film titled "Nnenna", which will be filmed in Nigeria next year. "Nnenna" is based on a Nigerian book "Trapped in Oblivion", and is about a 14-year-old girl, ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Profit Target Increases After Purchasing Safaricom Shares

The Vodacom Group has announced that it has updated its profit outlook following its acquisition of East Africa’s largest mobile phone firm that’s helping it enter into the financial services market. Vodacom’s CEO Shameel Joosub issued an emailed statement saying ...


Satellite TV  |  China-Funded Village Television Initiative Reportedly Yields Fantastic Results In Zambia

The Zambian government has described an initiative funded by China to offer satellite television services to rural parts of the country as an incredible success that has achieved the intended results. Approximately 500 schools, villages and other community centers in ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Popular South African Series Yizo Yizo Now Available On Viu Streaming Service

Viu, an entertainment video streaming service, has rolled out popular series Yizo Yizo as part of its offering on South African screens. In its license deal with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Viu was granted exclusive digital rights to ...


Local Content  |  Award-Winning Kenyan Filmmaker Says Africa Needs Superheroes For Its Own Stories

The key theme at the recently held 2019 Design Indaba was around how filmmakers can get Africans across the continent to see themselves as people of joy, imagination, creativity – and as deserving of being heroes. Africa’s story has, for ...


Film and Cinema  |  Moroccan Documentary Film ‘Amussu’ To Premiere At Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival

The organisers of the Toronto Hot Docs Festival have announced that ‘Amussu’ a Moroccan documentary short film will be premiered at the Festival. The documentary focuses on the small community of Imider, a village in South-East Morocco, as they battle ...


Broadband  |  Orange Deploys 4G Technology In Guinea

The telecom service operator, Orange, rolled out its 4G technology in Guinea, Conakry on May 9, 2019. The new service is said to cover Dixinn, Kaloum, Ratoma, Matam, Matoto and all the other communities in Guinea’s capital city. According to ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Vodacom Video Play Reports To Be Giving Netflix Serious Competition In South Africa

Vodacom’s Video Play streaming service has reportedly seen some impressive growth, and it could now have more subscribers than Netflix in South Africa. The mobile network released its limited annual results for the year that ended on 31 March 2019, ...


Local Content  |  Nigerian Award-Winning Writer To Launch Afrofuturist Film Production Company For Local TV Series

The award-winning Nigerian writer, Nnedi Okorafor has announced her plans to open a film production company that is exclusively focused on Afrofuturist shows. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the acclaimed Afrofuturist shared the exciting news on her ...


Local Content  |  Zimbabwean Filmmaker To Dive Into Local TV Production With Reality Show

The up-and-coming Bulawayo filmmaker Braydan Heart wants to reconceptualise local TV productions with his upcoming reality TV show, Being Braydan, which is being recorded using only a mobile phone. Being Braydan is being shot in Zimbabwe with a few scenes ...


Industry Forum  |  The Southern African Communications Association (SACIA) Supports Industry Forum On Content Management For Digital Broadcasters

The Southern African Communications Association (SACIA) has confirmed that it will be a collaborating partner at the forthcoming Industry Forum on Content Management For Digital Broadcast Media. The industry Forum, which will take place on the 25th – 28th June ...


Content Services  |  EWTN To Roll Out Catholic News Agency In Africa

EWTN Global Catholic Network announced on the 10th of May that it would soon launch a news service for the African continent. ACI-Africa will be a Kenya-based Catholic news agency, which will publish content in French, English and Portuguese. EWTN ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  Eutelsat To Install Konnect Satellite Connectivity Across Africa

Eutelsat announced recently that it had chosen Hugues Networks Systems and General Dynamics Satcom Technologies to help them deploy their Konnect satellite throughout Africa. General Dynamics Satcom Technologies will install seven ground antennas while Hugues Network Systems will offer its ...


Telecom  |  Kenya's Jamii Telecom Receives Full 4G Licence

The Kenyan telecommunications services provider Jamii Telecom Limited now holds a full 4G operating license for the provision of local services. In December 2017 Jamii Telecom, which is owned by the entrepreneur Joshua Chepkowony, paid Kshs-100,000 ($988.63) to secure a ...


Content Services  |  HSTV Ghana Prepares To Launch Ultimate Skills Sports Reality Show

The organising team of the upcoming Ultimate Skills Reality Show had a successful meeting at the offices of HSTV in Accra on Wednesday, the 8th of May, 2019. In attendance were the chosen judges Rev Osei Kofi, Rev Kofi Pare ...


Film and Cinema  |  Ghana’s Cinema Showcased In Spain At Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival

The 16th Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival (FCAT) is celebrating Ghanaian filmmaking through four of the country’s key films. This has never happened before in Spain. The non-competitive film section has been titled “Ghana in four acts”. This strand pays tribute ...


Pay TV  |  CEO Pledges To Make StarTimes More Affordable In Nigeria

The CEO of StarTimes Nigeria, David Zhang, held a media press briefing at the Radisson Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos earlier this week. Zhang, who had worked for four years as the CEO of StarTimes Kenya until January 2019 when he was ...


Satellite Broadband  |  Kymeta Partners with T"urksat To Deliver Reliable Satellite Connectivity To Africa

Recently, at the Satellite 2019 event, the communications company, Kymeta announced a new collaboration with T"urksat, one of the world's largest companies providing satellite connectivity and communications across the globe and extending from Europe to Africa. The partnership promises to ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Refutes Licence Renewal Allegations In Congo

The telecoms operator Vodacom has vehemently denied the allegation that it underpaid the Congolese government in the renewal of its 2G license. The company issued a statement saying that as a citizen company that has always complied with the Republic's ...


Satellite TV  |  StarTimes Reports To Have Invested Over $220m In Nigeria

The Digital Terrestrial TV company, StarTimes, has announced that its investment in Nigeria currently stands at over $220m. David Zhang, the company’s new CEO of StarTimes Nigeria disclosed this recently at a media briefing. Zhang said that StarTimes had also ...


Film Making  |  MultiChoice Talent Factory Seeking Budding TV And Film Creatives To Join Its Class Of 2019

The MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy has officially announced the highly-anticipated Call to Entry to all aspiring filmmakers from 13 African countries with either a post-school qualification in filmmaking or some industry experience to apply for this exciting opportunity to polish ...


Digital Migration  |  Benin Close To Completion Of Digital Switchover

The switchover from analogue to digital television is about to be done in Benin. According to the country’s authorities, 28 of the 29 sites that were planned for the switchover are now digital and operational. The migration to digital terrestrial ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Considers Listing Shares On Nigerian Stock Exchange Next Week

MTN’s Nigerian unit is reportedly toying with the idea of listing its shares in Lagos next week, according to two industry insiders close to the matter. Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company could possibly go ahead with the placing on the 16th ...


Content Services  |  Big Brother Naija Season 4 Is Set To Rollout In June

The organisers of Big Brother Naija have announced that June 2019 is when the highly-anticipated season 4 of the reality TV show will kick-off. They also confirmed that the new season is scheduled to be filmed in Nigeria and will ...


Local Film  |  Netflix Showing Original Ghanaian Film, ‘The Burial Of Kojo’

A new movie called “The Burial of Kojo” is the first film by Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, a Ghana-born rapper and director who was not interested in following the cliché war and famine theme of many films that are made in ...


Content Services  |  Ghana's Joy Prime Channel Set To Launch New TV Series, 'The Good Old Days'

Joy Prime in Ghana recently announced that it would be rolling out the television series 'The Good Old Days'. The series is produced by the critically acclaimed Ghanaian film producer, Kwaw Ansah. The popular producer, writer and director is known ...


Local Film  |  Senegalese Director’s Film ‘Atlantique’ Chosen For Cannes Film Festival

Atlantique, the film debut by the French-Senegalese movie director Mati Diop, will be vying for the prestigious Palme d’Or. This goes in history as the first time that a film directed by a black female has been chosen for the ...


Content Services  |  Ghana’s YOLO Series Premieres Season Five

The much-anticipated return of the most watched Ghanaian TV show, “You Only Live Once” (YOLO), has premiered in Accra. Season Five of the popular Health TV series has returned with the inclusion of some talented young characters and seasoned Ghanaian ...


Digital Migration  |  Senegal Set To Switch Off All Analog Signal In September Next Year

The Senegalese authorities have revealed that they are preparing to cut the signal of analog television in the country soon. These plans were made public by the Director General of ‘Télédiffusion du Sénégal’ (TDS), Amadou Diop, who is the head ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify Focuses On Making Podcasts Easily Discoverable In Africa

Since launching in Africa early last year, the streaming platform, Spotify, has proved to be popular among many of the continent’s music fans, but, it has recently decided to pay attention to podcast services. The company is currently busy with ...


Mobile Content  |  The Popularity Of Mobile Money And Mobile Content On The Rise In Africa

In recent years the African continent has seen the growing convergence between mobile money platforms and mobile content providers. As mobile operators improve at acting as both bank and broadcaster through their mobile money operations and content platforms, African banks ...


Industry Stakeholders  |  A Farewell Tribute To Africa’s Media Industry Legend, Reginald Mengi

The Dar es Salaam-based philanthropist and businessman, Reginald Abraham Mengi passed away in Dubai this past week at the age of 75 following a difficult past few months after suffering a mild stroke less than a year ago. Even though ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Zimbabwe: TelOne’s VOD Service Gains Over 20 000 Subscribers In 5 Months

TelOne has announced that is has signed a new deal with Zollywood that will enable users to rent local movies. TelOne also revealed that TelOne DEOD has managed to gain approximately 20 000 subscribers in the mere five months since ...


Content Services  |  Discovery Channel Promotes Tourism In Egypt With Two-Hour Live Documentary

In what seemed to be an exciting and unusual occasion, the Discovery Channel recently aired a 2-hour live show in which it opened an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. The show titled “Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live” followed the U.S TV presenter Josh ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Kwesé Iflix Joins Forces With Flytime Promotions To Provide African Content To Subscribers

Africa’s video-on-demand app, Kwesé iflix, has strengthened its commitment to delivering more local content to its subscribers with a new collaboration with the entertainment company, Flytime Promotions. The partnership will enable Kwesé iflix to stream the last ever instalment of ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Announces New Acting COO

In South Africa, the SABC’s board has made a move and replaced former COO, Chris Maroleng, who was dismissed last week, by selecting Dr Craig Van Rooyen as their acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) with immediate effect. The SABC released ...


Local Content  |  MultiChoice Kenya To Host First Ever Maisha Magic Festival To Celebrate Kenyan TV Content

MultiChoice Kenya has announced that it will toast to the growth of Kenyan television content at the first ever Maisha Magic Festival. The festival will take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). More than 14 musicians have been ...


Film Making  |  Female-Led Canada-South Africa Content Set To Take Centre Stage At The CineFAM Co-Production Accelerator

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) and the CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) have announced the renewal of their agreement to develop television content and films by women of colour from the worldwide Diaspora and African women. The 3rd CineFAM-SA Co-Production Accelerator will ...


Content Services  |  Trace Sports Stars And KruisKyk Channels Removed From E.tv's Openview Satellite-TV

E.tv's Openview free-to-air satellite service is reported to be dumping two more channels with the Afrikaans Christian TV platform KruisKyk and Trace Sports Stars both getting axed. KruisKyk was broadcasting on channel 151 before being shut off on 2 May. ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Rolls Out Exclusive Ramadan Pop-Up Channel On GOtv And DStv

MultiChoice Nigeria is getting ready to launch a special Ramadan pop-up channel to cater to the spiritual needs of its Muslim viewers on GOtv and DStv throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. The exclusive Ramadan pop-up channel will be launched ...


Local Content  |  Uganda’s Broadcast Regulator Announces Plans To Enforce 70% Local Content Rule

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) recently held a meeting with the Uganda Film Council and Uganda’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) about imposing a 70% local quota on the country’s broadcasters. The Chairman of NAB, Kin Kariisa asked that the ...


Film and Cinema  |  Bolloré Group Aims To Open 20 Cinemas Across Africa

The Bolloré Group has announced its plans to build 20 cinemas across Africa. The General Manager of the French group, Philippe Labonne made the exciting announcement. Vivendi, the group’s subsidiary that specialises in music and film and production called “Canal ...


Content Services  |  The First User-Generated Content Platform Makes Entry Into Nigeria

Ogelle, Africa’s first user-generated content platform has entered the global digital space with the plan to become the leading aggregator of African content. The CEO of Reddot Television Network Ltd, Osita Oparaugo gave his assurance in Lagos recently when he ...


Content Services  |  Brand New News Channel, Newzroom Afrika, To Launch On MultiChoice's DStv

South Africa’s newest news channel Newzroom Afrika is scheduled to launch on Thursday 2 May with a news team that includes the former eNCA stars Thulasizwe Simelane, Cathy Mohlahlana,  and Karyn Maughan who have jumped ship from their previous news ...


Telecom  |  Mauritius Telecom To Launch Mobile Money Service

Mauritius Telecom (MT) has announced that it will soon roll out its new and innovative mobile money service. The announcement was made recently by the telco's CEO at the opening ceremony of the 39th-anniversary edition of the conference held by ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa Makes Progress In Digital Migration Project

Twenty-five thousand low-income homes in South Africa’s Northern Cape province have been migrated from analogue broadcasting and connected to digital terrestrial television (DTT). The country’s Department of Communications (DOC) revealed this information recently in parliament as it detailed the progress ...


Content Services  |  Edan TV Rolls Out New African TV Show ‘The River’

Edan TV has announced that it will be rolling out ‘The River’, a series from the country of Nelson Mandela, exclusively on its pan-African channel. The high-profile South African series will intrigue the audience with the powerful and dramatic tale ...


Content Services  |  Ghana’s Atinka TV Pays Homage To Football Legend In New Documentary "UNTOLD GOAT"

An exciting documentary of one of Ghana’s Greatest soccer players of all time, titled, the Untold GOAT will be aired by Atinka Media Village on Monday 6th May 2019. The 27-minute film will detail the intriguing journey of how a ...


Regulation  |  Nigerian Copyright Commission Calls For More Effective Legal Framework To Protect Sports Rights

Recently in Abuja, Nigeria, the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), John Asein said that in order for the full potential of the sporting and other related industries to be achieved, countries must have adequate, effective and responsive legal ...


Industry Forum  |  Succeeding With Digital Broadcast Content Creation, Distribution And Monetisation At Upcoming Industry Forum By SABA

This platform, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) working in collaboration with the Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) will be convening Africa’s senior broadcast and media executives for the Industry Forum on Content Management For Digital Broadcast Media on the 25th – ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Invests In Community TV Stations To Enhance Entertainment Sector

The MultiChoice Group that has been investing in community TV stations throughout South Africa with technical training, equipment upgrades and content-sharing partnerships on community-level in an effort to build more video entertainment players in the country's broadcasting space. MultiChoice said ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Rootflix Streaming Services To Be Launched To Stream Nollywood Movies

Kelechi Eke has made a name for himself in the African Film Industry with significant roles spanning from director, producer, writer and star. He has also founded an African Film production company and The African Film Festival. His latest business ...


Content Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Acquires American Talk Show, ‘Harry’

SABC3 has announced that it has acquired the American TV talk show, Harry, hosted by Harry Connick Jr., that will start airing on the channel as from 13 May in the 17:30 timeslot. Harry will step in to replace the ...


Content Services  |  Comedy Central To Launch Local Version Of ‘Comedians Solve World Problems' In North Africa

Comedy Central is on a mission to expand globally with Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) as they work together to produce North Africa’s episode of “Comedians Solve World Problems”. The internationally acclaimed program will roll out local versions in countries ...


Content Services  |  ZBC And ZimDigital Deal Boosts Content Creation In Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has put together television content that is suitable for the various ethnic groups in the country, a top company official has announced. The national broadcaster hopes that this development will broaden ZBC’s spectrum by capturing ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Extends Tellytrack Horse-Racing TV Channel’s Contract As It Gears Up For Content Revamp

After almost being removed from MultiChoice's satellite pay-TV service DStv, and then being saved, Tellytrack, the horse-racing betting platform (DStv channel 239) will rebrand on 4 May 2019 with a revamped content-offering. The programming revamp and on-air rebrand forms part ...


Content Services  |  Motorvision TV To Deliver Live Motorsports Across Africa

Motorvision TV has been a broadcaster of live motorsports, since 2010, in Austria, Germany and Switzerland and has also been the go-to destination for NASCAR fans in that region. Now its international partner channel has followed suit and is preparing ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Foxxum Collaborates With Iflix To Enhances Its OTT Service In North Africa

Foxxum TV has announced a new collaboration with the streaming OTT entertainment service iflix. As part of the agreement, the iflix app will be added on to all Foxxum-enabled devices in North Africa’s key markets as well as in the ...


Sports Rights  |  Kwesé Free Sports Acquires Rights To Broadcast EHF Champions League

The African broadcaster Kwesé TV has entered into a partnership with the European Handball Federation for broadcasting rights to its Champions League club competition. The newly-inked deal with EHF Marketing, the federation’s marketing arm, includes all the action from the ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe’s ZBC-TV Launches New Local Talk Show ‘Own Your Image’

One of Zimbabwe’s top image consultants, Fungai Mtisi has launched her own talk show and says that this decision was inspired by United States media mogul, television producer, talk show host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. Mtisi noted that she plans ...


Content Services  |  Ghana: KweseTV Brings Millennial Music Platform, MuseAfrica Back To TV Screens

The MuseAfrica block will be broadcasting 60 minutes of exclusive music-related material on KweseTV (KFS) daily on weekdays from 4 pm to 5 pm. KweseTV announced that the programming would include some of Muse’s original digital shows that have been ...


Pay TV  |  ICASA’s Draft Regulations May Cause MultiChoice To Change Business Model

Pay-TV operator MultiChoice could possibly be forced to shift its focus and change its business model in order to remain competitive as the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) drafts up new rules to challenge its dominance. Icasa has been ...


Content Services  |  BBC Extends Its Reach By Launching BBC Arabic In North Africa

The UAE-based satellite broadcaster, Yahlive has strengthened its collaboration with the BBC by widening its reach to the Arabic-speaking audiences in Maghreb (North Africa). This means that BBC Arabic will now be accessible to 42 million viewers in North Africa. ...


Film and Cinema  |  Nollywood Signs Movie Distribution Deal With France

France’s Alliance Francaise and Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) have signed a deal to distribute and showcase the two countries’ films through the "French-Nigerian Film Distribution Conference." The agreement was inked during a visit by the Ambassador ...


Content Services  |  Natural TV Becomes First Private Turkish TV Channel To Reach African Audience

Natural TV, the first private Turkish TV channel to air in Africa, offers original content from Turkey and grows cultural awareness in the region. The channel kicks off the day with cartoons and continues by featuring music, health, agriculture and ...


Local Content  |  UCC To Boost Promotion Of Local TV Content In Uganda

The Uganda Communications Commission together with the Filmmakers represented by the Uganda Film Council (UFC) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have identified various ways to boost the development of local audio-visual content in Uganda. Kin Kariisa, the Chairperson ...


Content Services  |  DStv’s Mzansi Wethu Rolls Out New Reality Show, ‘Widowed’

The reality show Widowed recently premiered on Mzansi Wethu (DSTV channel 163). Widowed focuses on the lives of thirteen widows in the aftermath of losing their husbands, as they are forced to make peace with their losses and also deal ...


Connectivity  |  Nigeria Provides Internet By Using Television White Space Technology

Over half a million of Nigeria’s rural population will now receive internet through the use of Television White Space Technology (which is unused broadcasting band spectrum which can be used to deliver broadband services to unconnected rural communities.  According to ...


Local Film  |  South African Film Wins Big At International Wildlife Film Festival

The South African film, Stroop - Journey Into the Rhino Horn War, has won the sought-after 'Best of Festival' award along with the 'Best Independent or Feature Film' at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF). The annual festival which recently ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Nigeria Set To Add Arcadia Premium TV To Its Offering

In its effort to transform the television viewing experience by providing engaging content and telling Africa’s compelling stories while merging the digital and terrestrial world, Arcadia Premium Television has announced that is about to make its debut on StarTimes channel ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Viu Streaming Service Fights YouTube Over South African Shows

The streaming service Viu is at war with YouTube over the platform broadcasting the same South African shows which it also offers. Viu was rolled out in South Africa earlier this year, offering programming which is available to watch free ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Original Local Comedy Special Premieres On Vodacom Video Play

South African comedian Riaad Moosa’s comedy special, Life Begins, will be the very first local title to be offered on Vodacom’s video-on-demand service, Video Play. Riaad Moosa is an award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, writer and also one of South Africa’s ...


Local Film  |  China Collaborates In African Co-Production ‘No Man’s Land’

No Man’s Land is a film mainly set in China’s Qinghai Province, situated in the amazing foothills of the Himalayas, as well as the wetlands of Gauteng, South Africa. The movie is a story about a conservationist who fights tooth ...


Sports Rights  |  African Union Of Broadcasting Secures Broadcasting Rights For 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) has been handed the FTA rights to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament that will be taking place from June 21 to July ...


Local Content  |  GOtv Delivers More Local Content In Nigeria

The Digital Terrestrial Television service provider, GOtv, has announced that it will be adding nine brand new local channels to its subscribers in Nigeria. The channels will be made available to subscribers on GOtv Plus and Max packages. The channels ...


Sports Rights  |  ICASA's Plan For South Africa’s Sports Broadcasting Rights Lambasted By International Federations

Several International sporting federations have displayed dissatisfaction and poked holes in the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) proposed regulations on new sport broadcasting rights. The purpose of the draft regulations is to reach a much wider audience and ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Nollywood Inks Deal With Media Streaming Company

Streamliner.com, a media streaming company, has taken a massive step towards advancing Africa’s film market through an agreement with Nollywood’s Silverbird Group, Nigeria’s most prominent multi-million dollar media and film company. The Silverbird Group was founded by Ben Murray-Bruce, a ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa's SABC Might Not Broadcast Comrades Marathon Because Of No Deal With ASA

The Comrades Marathon, a major athletics event in South Africa, is at risk of not being on TV, according to a report released by the City Press. The report comes after another prominent race; the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon ...


Content Services  |  Canal+ Africa Adds New Music Channel To Its Offering

The French music channel Mezzo, which is dedicated to jazz, classical music and dance, can now be enjoyed on Les Bouquets Canal+, available in 22 African countries. Caroline Cochaux, the Deputy Director of TV channels Lagardère-Active and the President of ...


Content Services  |  ‘Our Perfect Wedding Zimbabwe’ Premieres On DStv’s Zambezi Magic

MultiChoice has unveiled a fresh new reality show, especially for Zimbabweans. ‘Our Perfect Wedding Zimbabwe’ premiered on DStv's Zambezi Magic on Thursday night and featured the former Idols Africa star Adiona Chidzonga. The favourite South African television show also has ...


Content Services  |  M-Net’s 1Magic Channel Is Now Available To DStv Compact Plus Subscribers

M-Net is extending the reach of its 1Magic TV channel (DStv 103) that has been made available as from Thursday 18 April to all DStv Compact Plus subscribers. The channel which carries shows like the South African telenovela The River, ...


Film Making  |  Africa’s MultiChoice Talent Factory Programme Collaborates With New York Film Academy To Train Emerging Filmmakers

In a massive leap towards upskilling Africa's up and coming filmmaking talent, MultiChoice's MultiChoice Talent Factory film academy has joined forces with the New York Film Academy (NYFA) that will assist with opportunities and training for students as part of ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Says That Netflix And DStv Are Not In Competition In South Africa

According to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), there is a significant difference between streaming services such as Netflix and the services being provided by traditional broadcasters in South Africa – such as DStv. In a conversation with ...


Content Services  |  BBC And Nigeria’s Channels Television Rollout Co-Production

Nigeria’s Channels Television and the BBC launched a new current affairs programme titled Gist Nigeria on Channels TV on the 17th of April. The studio-based show that airs at 9 pm focuses on the stories behind the news, with unique ...


Content Services  |  SA Actress Scores Lead Role In Amazon's 'Underground Railroad' Series

It has been announced that two-time Emmy-nominated South African actress, Thuso Mbedu will be leading an American cast in an upcoming Amazon series, Underground Railroad. Mbedu was the winner of an award at last year’s South African Film and Television ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Disney+ Not Scheduled To Launch In Africa Any Time Soon

Disney recently unveiled the full lineup and pricing for its much-anticipated Disney+ streaming service. The streaming service will boast incredible movie and series offerings like Loki, The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and more from their massive National Geographic, ...


Content Services  |  E.TV Ghana To Launch Exciting New TV Shows

e.TV Ghana has announced that it is rolling out an array of exciting new shows this month. The launch of the new shows is part of e.TV Ghana’s promise to bring quality TV content to its viewers throughout Ghana. One ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Multi-Layered Video Ecosystem Gains Popularity In South Africa

According to Rachel Thompson, the Insights Director at GfK South Africa, YouTube is currently dominating the free online video sector in South Africa, connecting approximately nine out of 10 urban consumers that regularly access free video on YouTube. Thompson said ...


Content Services  |  South Africa’s Matt Brown Show To Be Distributed On Amazon Prime

The South African entrepreneurial TV programme, The Matt Brown Show has secured an Amazon Prime distribution deal. The announcement was made recently by Matt Brown, the founder and host of the show. Brown also revealed that 56% of the show’s ...


Local Film  |  Kenyan Film Supa Modo Now Showing On Showmax

MultiChoice’s video streaming platform has announced that it will be showing Kenya’s multi-award-winning superhero film, Supa Modo. The movie is about Jo, a nine-year-old girl who is terminally ill and obsessed with Jackie Chan movies. As she spends the rest ...


Local Content  |  Netflix Acquires African-Superhero Animation, Mama K’s Team 4

Last year Netflix announced that it had started working on offering more original content from all around the world, including South Africa. In December the video-streaming company confirmed that it was releasing a South African Original titled Queen Sono in ...


Telecom  |  Telstar Receives Mobile Phone Licence In Angola

Telstar has secured a mobile phone license in Angola. The telecom operator was given this license after winning a tender that had been issued by the Angolan government. Its network will be active and operational within the next twelve months. ...


Content Services  |  Discovery Brings Two New Channels To Startimes Audiences Across Africa

Discovery, Inc. has announced the expansion of its Real Time channel, across Africa. The female general entertainment channel was launched on StarTimes on the 15th of April 2019. Real Time joins Discovery Family which has been on the StarTimes platform ...


Industry Forum  |  Content Creators, Producers, Distributors And Broadcasters In Southern Africa To Convene In Swakopmund - Namibia In June 2019

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will be hosting a major Industry Forum on Content Management for Digital Broadcast Media it has just been revealed! According to the organisers, the forum, which will take place on Monday 24th – Thursday 27th ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  FTA Threatens To Take ICASA To Court After Losing Bid For Free-To-Air TV Licence

One of the losing bidders for the highly sought-after free-to-air television licence that was recently awarded by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is very upset over the results, calling it a lost opportunity for local youth and ...


Pay TV  |  DStv In A Battle Against Piracy In South Africa

Piracy in South Africa has become a bigger competitor to DStv Now and Showmax than Netflix, since a wide variety of unreleased movies and other content is available on many sites for free. This is the view of Nicolas Callegari, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Receives More Spectrum In Nigeria

MTN has been awarded more broadband spectrum in Nigeria regarding its 2015 acquisition of Visafone Communications, after a lengthy regulatory battle. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) finally approved the transfer of 800-megahertz spectrum after a public inquiry into the advantage ...


Local Film  |  Canada’s Hot Docs Film Festival To Showcase Mozambican Documentary

The Mozambican documentary, The Sound of Masks, will be screened at the upcoming Hot Docs Film Festival in Canada. The Director of the documentary, Sara Gouveia recently announced this exciting news stating that the film would screen as a showcase ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Plans To End DStv’s Monopoly In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released the findings of its inquiry into South Africa’s subscription TV broadcasting services. The regulator said that this process began in 2016 when ICASA published a notice of its plans to ...


Industry Forum  |  “Appropriate Management Of Spectrum Is Key To Economic Growth” - According To Executives At Africa’s Spectrum Management Forum

At the recently concluded Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Media that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) on the 10th and 11th of April 2019 at the Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel in ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zambia Lifts Prime TV Suspension With Immediate Effect

The Independent Broadcasting Authority of Zambia has lifted the suspension of Prime Television with immediate effect, after a successful appeal the station made to Dora Siliya, the state’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services. On the 4th of March, 2019, ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Rolls Out Naija Comedy Pop-Up Channel On GOtv And DStv

Africa’s leading entertainment provider, MultiChoice has announced a new pop-up channel called Naija comedy launching on April 15 for their GOtv and DStv subscribers. Subscribers will enjoy 100% Nigerian comedy shows – stand-up comedy shows, skits, and excellently produced shows ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Fibre Links Set Up In Preparation For Congo-Brazzaville To Central African Republic Connection

The President of Congo-Brazzaville, Denis Sassou Nguesso recently announced that there could soon be a new fibre link in place from Congo-Brazzaville to the Central African Republic. Near the end of March, President Denis Sassou Nguesso met with Justin Sirnasakou, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Insists That GOtv Licence Has Been Renewed

The management team of MultiChoice Nigeria, the owners of GOtv and DStv, has confirmed that it has renewed GOtv’s licence with the National Broadcasting Commission. However, the pay-TV company did not confirm if its licence had been cancelled by the ...


Content Services  |  VIPI TV To Be Rolled Out In Kenya

A fresh new TV station targeted at showcasing youth culture will be rolled out in Kenya in May. The new tv station, VIPI TV is to highlight and promote Kenya’s booming music sector, develop the country’s local artists and also ...


Broadcasting Services  |  COO Of E-Media Investments Resigns

eMedia Investments confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Mark Rosin, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the broadcasting firm has resigned. No replacement had been named at the time. Sources from eMedia Investments said that Mark Rosin is leaving his post ...


Telecom  |  Kenya's Government Issues 4G Licence To Jamii Telecom

Jamii Telecom has announced that it has finally been granted a 4G licence in Kenya. A while back, Jamii Telecom had asked the Communications Authority of Kenya to allow it to pay the 4G spectrum fee of KES 2.5 billion ...


Broadband  |  MTN South Africa Rolls Out Live Indoor 5G Network

MTN South Africa has rolled out a live 5G indoor solution at South Africa’s Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre. The launch marks the first time that MTN has installed a trial 5G network as an indoor business ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Decreases Pay-TV Fees In Kenya

The rapidly-growing DTH and digital terrestrial pay-TV broadcaster StarTimes is decreasing its subscription prices for its Kenyan market by 50 per cent. Viewers will now have the pleasure of viewing The StarTimes ‘Nyota’ bouquet daily at $0.25 per day.  The ...


Content Services  |  'East Africa’s Got Talent’ Season 1 To Launch Soon In Africa

The world-renown talent search TV show ‘Got Talent’ will make its debut in East Africa soon. The show has fittingly been dubbed ‘East Africa Got Talent’, and will seek to discover and recognise talent throughout East Africa. The inaugural season ...


Content Services  |  BBC Studios Licence 'The Great Kenyan Bake Off' To East Africa’s Showstopper Media

Africa will be getting a second localised version of The Great British Bake Off reality baking competition show. BBC Studios has announced that it has licensed the format rights of The Great Kenyan Bake Off to East Africa’s Showstopper Media. ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya Will Retain Its Debt Post-Merger With Airtel

Airtel Kenya will not be assuming responsibility for Telkom Kenya’s debt after the completion of their merger. The two telcos announced in February that ownership of Telkom Kenya’s enterprise, carrier and mobile businesses would be transferred over to Airtel Kenya. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa’s Department Of Communications And ICT Stakeholders Discuss Licensing Of Spectrum

South Africa’s Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and her deputy, Pinky Kekana, recently met with stakeholders from the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) industry to conclude consultations on their interpretation of the spectrum licensing process as defined by the laws of ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Produces Fresh Original TV Shows In Preparation For Digital Migration

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has been creating fresh, and new television shows that have been funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe as part of the country’s Digital Broadcasting migration project. The TV programmes that range from soapies, game shows, dramas, ...


Music Streaming  |  Universal Music Concludes Deal With Nigerian Streaming Service

Universal Music Group has inked a deal with uduX, a Nigerian music streaming platform. Udux will now distribute music from Universal, which, last year, opened a branch in Nigeria. Some of the music that is currently available to uduX subscribers ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax And Safaricom Ink Home Fibre Partnership

Safaricom has joined forces with Showmax to provide its home fibre customers with one month unlimited complimentary access to the video streaming service. According to the mobile operator, all home customers will receive a link to the service when they ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  MTN Nigeria Rolls Out Fibrenet In Abuja

MTN Nigeria has rolled out its FibreNet product and services in Abuja using the CITEC estate as its pilot. Auwal Abdullahi, MTN’s Senior Manager Enterprise Business in the North, said that the decision to start at the estate came from ...


Telecom  |  Uganda’s UCC Hikes Up MTN Licence Fee

The Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) has announced that will be increasing the licence fee for the country’s largest telco by the number of subscribers, MTN Uganda. The telco which is owned by the MTN Group of South Africa must now ...


Content Services  |  GOtv To Air The First Zee World Original Production Featuring African Actors

GOtv recently premiered Mehek, the very first Zee World production to star actors from the African continent.  The drama series which was shot entirely in India, made its debut broadcast on Saturday, 6 April at 7 pm (GMT) on the ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Signs $180-Million Investment Deal With UK’s CDC Group

Liquid Telecom recently concluded a $180-million investment deal from UK development finance institution CDC Group. The network operator issued a statement saying that the new investment would enable Liquid Telecom to broaden its fibre footprint further and expand its cloud ...


Film Policy  |  Nigeria’s NCC Tasks AVRS With Management Of Broadcast Licensing And Distribution Of Royalties

John Asein, the Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, has urged the Audiovisual Rights Society of Nigeria, AVRS, to update and renew strategies to manage the impact of growth in digital technologies that have seen content consumption rise ...


Film Policy  |  Nigeria’s NFVCB Joins Forces With South Africa And Others To Harmonise African Content

Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), the South African Film and Publication Board (FPB), and other similar industry regulators throughout Africa, are looking for a collaborative approach to align the regulation of creative content in Africa. This was ...


Telecom  |  Telkom And Airtel Gain Half The Number Of Safaricom’s Mobile Subscriptions In Kenya

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has released its second quarter sector statistics for the financial year 2018/2019. The quarter has been marked by many positives, including a notable increase in the number of active mobile subscriptions. According to the ...


Film and Cinema  |  South African Documentary To Be Showcased At Hot Docs Film Festival In Canada

The feature documentary, Buddha in Africa, created by South African filmmaker, Nicole Schafer, has been chosen for its world premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Festival taking place from 25 April to 5 May. The film will be ...


Local Content  |  StarTimes Puts Focus On Regional Content To Increase Viewership In Africa

The Chinese pay-TV company, StarTimes has decided to concentrate more on local content in an effort to boost its viewership in African countries. Aldrine Nsubuga, StarTimes’ newly appointed Regional Marketing Manager, has been called upon to promote and broadcast homegrown ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenyan Communications Authority Reviews Programming Code For Pay-TV Operators

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has announced that it is currently in the process of reviewing the programming code for the country’s pay television operators. The code that is currently in place was developed in 2015 and has been ...


Industry Forum  |  Meet SES At Industry Forum On Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Media On 10 And 11 April 2019 In Johannesburg, South Africa

SES will be headlined as the Principal Sponsor of the upcoming Industry Forum on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Media taking place on 10 to 11 April 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel - Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa. Convened ...


Content Services  |  Zambezi Magic Extends Its Reach In Zambia And Switches To A New Number On DStv

As part of its ongoing commitment towards delivering the best in local content to its audiences in Southern Africa, Zambezi Magic has moved to DStv channel 162 as of Monday, 1 April 2019.  The switch to a new channel number ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Liquid Telecom Partners With Nokia To Upgrade Fibre Network In East Africa

Liquid Telecom Kenya and Nokia have announced a two-year partnership deal to upgrade their existing fibre network and support OTN/DWDM technology with a network capacity of 500G. This is set to create a faster, more reliable connection along the route ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  SES Serves 355 Million Homes Via Satellite

According to the annual market research done by SES, it increased the number of households it served by over 4 million to more than 355 million in 2018. The research showed an upward trend in SES’ technical reach in Africa, ...


Broadband  |  AfricaOnline Aims To Broaden Its Core Service In Ghana

The Ghanaian internet services provider AfricaOnline, a subsidiary of Gondwana International Networks (GIN), has appointed Foster Plender to take over as its new Managing Director. In a statement, AfricaOnline said that Plender, who was in a consulting role within GIN ...


Pay TV  |  Kwesé Iflix Rewards Loyal Subscribers With Special Easter Promo

Kwese iflix has announced that leading up to the Easter holidays it has rolled out an Easter Egg Hunt to reward its loyal subscribers of the mobile television app.   The promo was launched on the 26th of March and ...


Showcase Interview  |  “Dynamic Spectrum Access Is Key To Spectrum Harmonisation In A Digital Ecosystem” – Dr Moshe Masonta, CSIR - South Africa

Dr Moshe Masonta, a Principal Researcher at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), says that the answer to successful spectrum harmonisation lies in the use of dynamic spectrum access concepts.   Dr Masonta, responding to questions from ...


Film and Cinema  |  Local Zimbabwean Film To Be Showcased At Cannes Film Festival In France

The award-winning Zimbabwean film-maker Joe Njagu has announced that he is elated by the international recognition that his film ‘Cook Off’ continues to attract following an invitation to be showcased at the 16th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Nigeria Collaborates With MTN For StarTimes ON App

StarTimes Nigeria has joined forces with MTN, Africa’s most extensive information communication technology company, to offer MTN’s mobile internet subscribers a special data bundle for the StarTimes ON mobile app.  Due to the video streaming bundles on StarTimes “ON” App, ...


Telecom  |  New CEO Appointed At Telekom Networks Malawi

Malawi’s mobile network operator Telekom Networks Malawi Plc (TNM) has announced that it has appointed Michiel Buitelaar as its new Chief Executive Officer. Buitelaar, who is currently a board member of Novec and Infinitas, will be taking over from TNM's ...


Content Services  |  Zee World Set To Premiere First Ever Bollywood TV Show With African Actors

Mehek, a new drama series that was filmed in India, is scheduled to premiere on the Indian-focused entertainment platform Zee World (DStv 166) on Saturday, 6 April. It will be the first Bollywood TV show to have African actors as ...


Showcase Interview  |  “The Time Has Come For A Revolution In Africa’s Spectrum Management Methods” – William Stucke, Spectrum And Technology Expert

William Stucke, a world-renowned ICT Policy, Regulation, Spectrum and Technology Expert has declared that Africa’s spectrum management methods are outdated and need to be modernised and updated in order to be more efficient in the digital broadcast space.   Mr ...


Content Services  |  Kenyan Film Director Secures A Project In Hollywood

A Kenyan Film Director, Wanuri Kahiu has secured a project in Hollywood after she was chosen to direct and write a new television series in the United States. According to Hollywood media reports, Wanuri will work together with author Nnedi ...


Pay TV  |  Kenya: StarTimes Appoints New CEO As It Seeks To Secure Football Rights

StarTimes has announced that Andy Wang will be taking over as the new CEO in Kenya with Aldrine Nsubuga also being recently appointed as the StarTimes Regional Marketing Director for East Africa. These appointments are both based in Nairobi, as ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Hires Ghettuba To Manage African Original Series

Netflix has named Kenya's Dorothy Ghettuba, the Producer who is also founder and CEO of Spielworks Media, as its new Manager for International Original Series for Africa. Dorothy Ghetubba will be joining the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) giant as Netflix's Manager ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria’s StarTimes Subscribers Get Bouquet Upgrades In Easter Promo

StarTimes has rolled out an exciting new Easter promo for its subscribers in Nigeria. The promo gives subscribers the opportunity to pay for a subscription package on Basic, Nova, Classic and Smart bouquets and then receive an instant upgrade to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Burundi Bans BBC And VOA Because Of Alleged False Reporting

Burundi has revealed that it has banned the U.K. public broadcaster BBC and also indefinitely suspended Voice of America (VOA), moves that international broadcasters and campaigners have described as a blow to press freedom. Burundi's media regulator National Communications Council ...


Content Services  |  Kwese Delivers Local Content In Zimbabwe With Wedding Diaries

Zimbabwe’s Econet subscribers recently received a message telling them to purchase iFlix bundles so that they can watch a show called Wedding Diaries. This is a new Zimbabwean show sponsored by Kwese which has now been made available on their ...


Telecom  |  Vodafone And Movicel To Join Forces In Angola

The Vodafone Group has signed a strategic consultancy partnership with Movicel Angola. The partnership will see the two mobile operators cooperating in a number of business areas together. Under the terms of the recently signed non-equity agreement, Vodafone will provide ...


Content Services  |  Canal+ To Launch New African TV Programme ‘Sakho & Mangane’

Canal+ Africa has announced that it is planning to roll out a new African TV show ‘Sakho and Mangane’ in all French-speaking African countries. ‘Sakho and Mangane’ is a detective series that has been created and directed by Jean-Luc Herbulot ...


Content Services  |  CBS Studios International And Scoope Media Ink License Contract To Offer African Version Of ‘The Doctors’

CBS Studios International and Scoope Media have signed a licensing agreement for an African version of “The Doctors,” the show that provides entertainment with health advice given by a panel of real-life doctors. The series will be produced in Nigeria ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Germany’s Deutsche Welle Expands Collaborations With Public And Private Broadcasters In East Africa

Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster has decided to significantly expand its presence in Uganda. The Director-General of Deutsche Welle, Peter Limbourg signed a number of agreements with state-run and private broadcasters in Kampala. The contract with the public broadcaster ...


Industry Forum  |  “Deeper Collaboration Between Stakeholders Is Vital” Say Broadcast Executives At Industry Forum In Nigeria

At the recently concluded 2nd International Forum on Content Creation, Development and Distribution for Digital Television that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) on the 26th and 27th of March 2019 in ...


Pay TV  |  Institutions Raise Their Stakes In Recently Listed MultiChoice

MultiChoice has reported that Allan Gray and Prudential Investment Managers have both raised their stakes in the recently listed pay-TV group. Prudential’s clients have increased their collective shares in MultiChoice to 5.4%, while Allan Gray has lifted its stakes to ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Telkom Expands Its Fibre Network In Kenya To Provide Faster Internet

Telkom Kenya has announced that it has started setting up a fibre network that will serve the city of Mombasa, Kenya with the aim of providing much faster Internet to its individual and business subscribers. The mobile operator wants to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigerian Government Approves Multi-Million Dollar Contracts For Nigeria’s Broadcasting Stations

Nigeria’s Federal Government recently approved contracts amounting to approximately $3.6 million to reposition and strengthen its media stations for effective information dissemination.   The media organisations that are set to benefit from the deals include the Federal Radio Corporation ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Produces New TV Shows To Develop Industry

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has been producing fresh, new television productions that have all been funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe as part of the Zimbabwe Digital Broadcasting migration project. The programmes that range from dramas, game shows, soapies, music ...


Content Services  |  DStv’s Africa Magic Urban Brings On The Laughs with ‘Comedy Nites’

A brand new season of “Comedy Nites” has been rolled out on Africa Magic Urban on DSTV. The new season promises to keep the audience entertained with 13 nights of fun, laughter and some music. Comedy Nites is a Stand-up ...


Content Services  |  Vox Africa Introduces New Travel Show

Vox Africa has rolled out a new travel show, My African Passport, hosted by the UK comedian Eddie Kadi. Eddie Kadi is a familiar face in the UK comedy scene. He is also the first black British comedian to perform ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zambia Defends Prime TV License Suspension

Chanda Kasolo, the Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, justified as correct the recent suspension of the Prime TV license. Earlier this month, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) suspended the Lusaka-based private television station’s licence, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Rolls Out “World-First” WhatsApp Recharging Channel

MTN has introduced a WhatsApp channel which allows customers to purchase data or airtime, which it has described as an exclusive world-first. The function is called MTN Chat. Customers will be able to also receive notifications and check their account ...


Film and Cinema  |  Kenyan Co-Production To Be Showcased At Series Mania In France

Country Queen, a new TV drama series produced as a German and Kenyan co-production will be showcased at both the upcoming Kalasha Market in Nairobi Kenya and the Series Mania in Lille France. With its excellent production quality and universally ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria’s NBC Issues A New List Of Non-Negotiable Working Conditions For GOtv

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has issued a new list of conditions for GOtv to continue operating in the country. The NBC Director-General, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu addressed a press conference recently and confirmed that the Digital Terrestrial Licence that had ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Lays Off 10 Top Managers Amidst Financial Troubles

The SABC has allegedly decided to axe 10 of its General Managers after their contracts came to an end. According to senior executives at South Africa’s national broadcaster, those that were affected were three provincial GMs, as well as some ...


Telecom  |  Vodafone And MTN Respectively Launch 4G In Ghana

Vodafone Ghana rolled out its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service last week. The launch happened earlier than its originally scheduled April date. Vodafone Ghana’s launch coincidentally took place on the same day that MTN Ghana unveiled its 4G+ advanced service ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Amazon Prime To Offer African Content To International VOD Audiences

Amazon Prime has revealed that it will be offering African content to international audiences on its video-on-demand platform. Long ago, international audiences battled to get access to African content, but the rebirth of African cinema and the rapid emergence of ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Appoints Acting Chairperson For South Africa's Broadcasting Regulator

ICASA has appointed Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng as the Acting Chairperson at South Africa's broadcasting regulator. The appointment is effective immediately, and it comes after the dismissal of the previous Chairperson of ICASA, Rubben Mohlaloga following his fraud conviction. ICASA said ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe Sets September Deadline For Privatisation Of TelOne And NetOne

According to Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, the country’s government-owned mobile operator, TelOne, and its subsidiary NetOne, will be partially privatised by September 2019. Ncube announced that NetOne and TelOne had accumulated a joint financial loss of more than US$100-million. ...


Content Services  |  MTV Shuga Makes Its Return To TV In Nigeria

The award-winning drama series MTV Shuga will be returning to Nigeria and is on the hunt for fresh talent to feature in the new season.   This news comes just after the announcement of upcoming campaigns in India and Cote ...


Telecom  |  Tigo Chad Acquired By Morocco's Maroc Telecom

Moroccan telecommunications operator Maroc Telecom has confirmed that it has acquired the entire share capital of Tigo Chad, after successfully inking a deal with Millicom. The new acquisition forms a critical part of Maroc Telecom's plan to expand its operations ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Adds On-Demand Fox+ Series To StarTimes ON App In Africa

The Chinese pay-TV operator StarTimes has introduced the Fox Networks Group’s (FNG) video-on-demand Fox+ Series content to its StarTimes ON app in Africa. Neither StarSat nor Fox Networks Group Africa (FNG Africa) have revealed any details about the VOD content ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe Telcos Hope Increase In Competition And Data Usage Will Boost Revenue

As Zimbabwe’s operating costs continue to escalate, telecom operators in the country are pinning their hopes on increased data usage and the general improvement in the local economy as they wait for an official response to their requests to raise ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Nigeria In Talks With NSE For Listing On The Nigerian Stock Exchange

Airtel Nigeria has reportedly started discussions with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) about possibly listing its stock on the local Stock Exchange.   A meeting was recently held at the headquarters of the Nigerian ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Malawi Rolls Out Quality-Assurance App For Accredited Installers

MultiChoice Malawi, has announced that it has launched an installer eco-system app for accredited installers to use in order to provide an exceptional customer experience. The Marketing Manager at MultiChoice Malawi, Chimwemwe Nyirenda said that the institution had introduced the ...


Telecom  |  Orange In Preparations To Launch 4G In Guinea

Orange-Guinea has recently gotten its hands on a 4G operating license that will be valid for the next ten years. The 4G license cost the mobile operator $90.4 million that it paid to the Guinean authorities. Orange believes that its ...


Content Services  |  Insight TV Rolls Out Linear Channel On Jawwy TV In North Africa

Insight TV has announced that it will be launching a new linear channel for viewers in North Africa and the Middle East. The deal is being managed by the content distributor and producer SAWA Rights Management (SRM). It promises to ...


Showcase Interview  |  “To Help Grow TV Audience In Africa With A Diverse Range Of Solutions Is Our Mission” – Andy Anderson, SES Video

Andy Anderson, the Marketing Director, Middle East and Africa at SES Video has suggested that broadcasters and content owners who want to provide the best content in all necessary formats ought to consider a long-term partnership with SES.   SES ...


Film and Cinema  |  MultiChoice Talent Factory Unveils Pan-African Networking Portal Designed For Young Film Makers

The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), MultiChoice Africa’s leading Pan-African shared-value initiative has announced the rollout of the MTF Portal. The portal will be the third touchpoint of the initiative after the launch of the MTF Academies, a 12-month film training ...


Pay TV  |  Canal + Set To Launch Its Pay-TV Platform In Ethiopia

Canal + has announced that it will soon be deploying its pay-TV offer in Ethiopia over the next few weeks. The company has received approval from the country’s government to go ahead with the distribution of the channels of the ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Introduces First E-SIM Support In South Africa

The Mobile operator Vodacom has rolled out support for eSIM mobile devices in South Africa along with an accompanying service, called OneNumber, that enables users to use one phone number across multiple devices. The first devices that Vodacom will launch ...


Content Services  |  NBA Joins Forces With YouTube To Launch New Channel For Sub-Saharan Africa

The NBA together with YouTube has announced the launch of a new channel for sub-Saharan Africa that will broadcast live basketball games every week and also showcase the impact of African players on the NBA. NBA Africa YouTube’s very first ...


Telecom  |  Freeconferencecall.com Gears Up To Expand Its Footprint In Africa By Offering Broadcast Calls To 5,000 People

As Africa’s telecoms industry moves in the direction of over-the-top data services Freeconferencecall.com has used interconnect arrangements to build a free conference calling function to operate in the continent. Freeconferencecall.com's Managing Director of International Operations, Bertrand Daumalle, in an interview ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe Hopes To Raise US$350-Million From Telco Shares

According to Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe is hopeful that it will raise approximately US$350-million from selling shares in state-owned telcos as part of the country’s economic reforms. Ncube said that the reforms are aimed at strengthening the economy ...


Content Services  |  M-Net Movies To Launch Epic Battle Pop-Up Channel

Fans of war action movies will be thrilled to know that the upcoming Pop-Up channel in the M-Net Movies stable is all about the most significant conflicts of all time. M-Net Movies is on DStv’s channel 109 and is available ...


Content Services  |  BBC Studios Africa Commissions ‘First Dates SA’ To Be Broadcast On DStv’s BBC Lifestyle

Another localised reality dating show is under works for South Africa. BBC Studios Africa has commissioned First Dates South Africa to be aired on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174). The channel is currently showing First Dates Australia, which will be ...


Telecom  |  Uzi Zambia Postpones Network Launch Once Again

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has announced that it has for the third time allowed Zambia's fourth mobile phone operator Uzi Zambia to postpone the rollout of its network. Uzi, whose majority shareholder is Unitel International Holdings ...


Industry Forum  |  SES To Headline As Lead Sponsor At The Industry Forum On Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Media In South Africa

SES has confirmed that it is excited to be the Lead Sponsor and Key Partner of Broadcast Media Africa’s upcoming Industry Forum on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem taking place on 10 to 11 April 2019 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Cell C Black Rolls Out Two New Streaming Packages

Cell C’s streaming service Black has announced the introduction of two new subscription packages. The two packages are Black TV Access, which offers a significant focus on local content at $4.78 (R69) per month; and Black TV Premium, a mix ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Kwese Free TV Receives Terrestrial Licence To Broadcast In South Africa

Kwese Free TV has become the first free-to-air terrestrial broadcaster since e.tv to receive a licence in South Africa. The broadcaster, which is 20% owned by the Econet Group, will offer five free channels to South African viewers, including an ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Paratus Group Spends US$14-Million On Trans-Kalahari Fibre Project That Will Run From Zambia To Namibia

The Pan African telecoms operator Paratus Group says that it has invested US$14-million on the Trans-Kalahari fibre project that will connect Zambia to the undersea cable in Namibia. The project will run from the West Africa Undersea Cable System (WACS) ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Offers Two-Month Free Trial To DStv’s Compact Subscribers

The video-on-demand (VoD) service, Showmax, has declared that it has given DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers a free two-month trial to access its service and enjoy its marvellous content offering. The VoD service stated that starting from 7 February ...


Music Streaming  |  Boomplay Inks A Licensing Deal With Warner Music

The most massive music download and streaming service in Africa, Boomplay has signed an agreement with Warner Music to bring record companies closer to the region. The collaboration will allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s collection of music to its ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Nollywood Stakeholders Consider Taking Advantage Of Multi-Billion Dollar VOD Market

With an industry that estimates to make a $16 billion possible annual turnover from video-on-demand (VOD), stakeholders in Nigeria’s movie industry (Nollywood) have demanded that movie distribution be rechanneled towards exploiting the VOD market, according to Saturday Independent. This new ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Seacom Carves Out Fibre Express Route From Kenya To Microsoft's SA-based Datacentres

The Pan-African connectivity firm, Seacom has announced that it plans to roll out a dedicated fibre connection all the way from Kenya to South Africa's datacentres and public cloud networks. The company stated that the move had been inspired by ...


Content Services  |  E.tv Removes Unsuccessful E-Bella Channel From DStv A Year After Launch

e.tv has announced that it is shutting down its unsuccessful eBella channel a year after its launch. The channel was carried on e.tv’s own Openview satellite platform and also on MultiChoice's DStv. The existing telenovelas that were playing on eBella ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Strengthens Inter-Africa Partnership With Microsoft

Zimbabwean business mogul, Strive Masiyiwa’s pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom has solidified its partnership with global tech trailblazer Microsoft after expanding the accessibility of its Microsoft Azure services throughout its inter-Africa network which runs for over 70,000km from Cape Town, ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Shares Rise To Their Best Level Since JSE Listing

MultiChoice Group’s shares have climbed to their best level yet since the pay-TV operator was unbundled by Naspers and listed on the JSE in late February. The stock reached a high of $8.49 on the morning of Wednesday 13 March. ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Vodacom Video Play Reaches 800,000 Subscribers In South Africa And Plans To Venture Into More Countries Across Africa

Africa’s mobile operators have struggled for a long time with Video-on-Demand platforms and faced many obstacles including shortcomings of their own networks. Eventually, things seem to be coming together for some of them. The Executive Head of Video at Vodacom, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Plans To List On Local Stock Exchange Before June

The MTN Group’s Chief Executive has announced that it expects its Nigerian subsidiary to list on Nigeria’s stock exchange sometime towards April and May. The Chief Executive of MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman told reporters in Lagos that the listing should ...


Content Services  |  Kwese Joins Forces With 234Bet In Premier League Broadcast Deal

The multiplatform broadcast network, Kwesé has announced that it has collaborated with 234Bet, an online betting company on an advertising agreement for the Premier League broadcast. The deal, which was concluded and signed this week, will be aired on Kwesé ...


Industry Forum  |  Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Will Be Present At Industry Forum On Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Media

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has been announced as one of the collaborating partners involved in the forthcoming Industry Forum on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem. The Forum, which will take place on the 10th – ...


Telecom  |  Orange And Aurecon Join Forces In US$25-Million Network Transformation Deal That Will Service Key Markets In Africa

The Global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon has chosen Orange Business Services to globally manage its communications infrastructure, including cybersecurity services and SD-WAN as part of a US$25-million five-year network transformation agreement. According to Orange, the deal will impact ...


Music and Entertainment  |  YouTube Music Rolls Out In South Africa

YouTube has announced that it is launching its new music streaming service YouTube Music in South Africa. According to a statement issued by YouTube, the service provides music videos, singles, official albums, live performances, remixes, covers and music that is ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria’s Digital Switch-Over Plan Suffers Yet Another Setback

Nigeria’s plans for a Digital Switch Over(DSO)  from analogue broadcasts has encountered yet another setback, to the dismay of Nigerian citizens. The momentum of progress in the DSO came to an abrupt and unexplained halt since February last year when ...


Digital Migration  |  SES Inks Contract To Provide Channels To Benin In Digital Switchover Move

The Satellite operator SES has signed a deal with Benin’s government to provide 15 free-to-air channels to audiences in the West African country. As part of the deal some HD channels, which SES says are the first HD channels to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  CEO Says South Africa's SABC Is Facing Possibility Of Insolvency By End Of March

The SABC’s financial crisis is reported to have become so dire that the public broadcaster is at high risk of being insolvent by the end of March if no immediate action is taken, according to what South Africa’s Parliament has ...


Showcase Interview  |  “Co-Sharing Could Deliver More Spectrum For Radio Broadcasting In The Digital Space” – Eswatini Communications Commission

Samkeliso Shongwe, a Senior Manager of Spectrum Planning and Management at Eswatini Communications Commission, has suggested that the industry should explore different ways to get the most value out of the available amount of radio spectrum because it is has ...


Telecom  |  9Mobile Rolls Out Free Watsapp Offer For Subscribers In Nigeria

9Mobile has announced that in remaining true to its pledge to put the needs of its customers first, it is now offering Nigerian subscribers the opportunity to use WhatsApp chat for free on its network. This offer is the first-of-its-kind ...


Content Services  |  DStv’s Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Launches Christian Lifestyle Talk Show, Zuri

TBN (DStv 343) has rolled out a new weekly lifestyle talk show, Zuri. Zuri will be hosted by well-known South African news anchor Ayanda Allie-Paine and will air on Mondays at 19:30. The Christian-based Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) said that ...


Broadband  |  Zimbabwe Expected To Commission Byo-Beitbridge Fibre Optic Project

The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to soon commission the multi-million dollar Bulawayo-Beitbridge fibre optic project, which is a sub-project that falls under the national broadband project that is being undertaken by TelOne and is funded through the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Namibia Becomes Third Country In Southern Africa To Increase DStv Subscription Fee

MultiChoice in Namibia has become the third country in Southern Africa to announce its plans to hike DStv subscription fees from April 2019. This announcement comes after MultiChoice Zambia recently let it be known that its DStv subscribers would see ...


Telecom  |  Econet Buys Back Mascom Wireless Of Botswana For $300 Million

In the late nineties Zimbabwean businessman, Strive Masiyiwa had difficulties securing a license to operate a mobile network in Zimbabwe, so he launched his network, Mascom Wireless in Botswana. Masiyiwa sold off 14% of Mascom in 2004 disregarding the discontent ...


Industry Forum  |  Meet SES At The Industry Forum On Content Creation, Development And Distribution for Digital Television In Nigeria

SES has reported that it is proud to be the Lead Sponsor and Key Partner of Broadcast Media Africa’s upcoming Industry Forum on Content Creation, Development And Distribution for Digital Television taking place on 26th and 27th of March 2019 ...


Telecom  |  MTN Launches Smart 3G Device To Help Bridge Rural Connectivity Gap

The Chief Marketing Officer at MTN Nigeria, Raul De has declared that the introduction of the world’s first 3G smartphone known as the MTN Smart, is a strategic innovation to bridge the rural-urban connectivity gap.   At the launch of ...


Film Policy  |  Zambia's TV And Film Industry Establishes Professional Filmmakers Guild Of Zambia To Standardise Industry Processes

Zambia's growing TV and film industry has created the Professional Filmmakers Guild of Zambia headed up by interim Chairperson, Lawrence Thompson. Thompson said that Zambia’s TV producers have found it important to come together and establish a body that will ...


Telecom  |  MTN Reinforces Its Dominance In The Cameroon Market

The MTN Group, Africa's front-running telecommunications company with operations in more than 21 countries around the world, including Cameroon, released its financial results for 2018 last week. The results showed strong growth in the subscriber numbers, which were at 233 ...


Content Services  |  CABNC-TV Rolls Out New Series To Boost Tourism And Businesses In Africa

Center Africa Broadcasting Network Corporation Television (CABNC-TV) has announced that in partnership with New York’s Bordernation Media, it has launched the ‘Explore Africa’ video series. The series is a campaign aimed towards showcasing the best that Africa has to offer ...


Content Services  |  DStv Angola Boosts Its Offering With The Introduction Of Viacom's Nickelodeon Kids Channel in Portuguese

MultiChoice Angola has announced that it has added Viacom's Nickelodeon kids channel in Portuguese to its DStv offering in the country, further widening Nickelodeon's reach across the African continent. Nickelodeon in Portuguese is now available on the DStv Mega and ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Contemplates How To Leverage Its 5G Spectrum In South Africa

Liquid Telecom is reportedly giving some serious thought to leveraging its spectrum asset in the 3.5GHz band, which is ideally compatible with the next-generation 5G mobile broadband technology. Considering that South Africa’s communications regulator ICASA has hinted that it would ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Namibia Expels Possibility Of Stock Exchange Listing

MultiChoice Namibia has ruled out any possibility of listing its business on the Namibia Stock Exchange following the MultiChoice Group’s recent listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). 51% of MultiChoice Namibia is owned by the country’s ruling party, Swapo, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Set To Launch Messenger Service To Rival WhatsApp

At MTN’s recent financial year-end results presentation for 2018, the Group’s CEO, Rob Shuter announced that the giant mobile operator would be launching a new instant messaging service. Shuter said that the Instant Message service would form part of the ...


Telecom  |  Nigerian Communications Commission Takes Action To Root Out Fake Mobile Devices

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has joined forces with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), together with other government agencies, to fight fraud and cybercrime which officials believe is being accomplished through fake and sub-standard mobile devices. A ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Streaming Platform, Joy Prime Introduces New Series ‘Puzzled’ In Ghana

Ghana’s entertainment VOD TV channel, Joy Prime has premiered a brand new Ghanaian TV series, ‘Puzzled’ which is set to completely take over the airwaves. According to Joy Prime, the 13-week drama series will deal with relevant issues of social ...


Telecom  |  Orange Niger Considers All Available Options In the Face Of Market Difficulties

Mobile operator Orange Niger is reported to be exploring all options, including partnerships and restructuring as it continues to be affected by regulatory pressure from socio-economic and political instability. According to a document issued by the Commercial Court of Niamey, ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Intelsat Announces That 5G Delivery In Africa Will Depend On Satellite Networks

According to the giant integrated satellite network solutions provider, Intelsat, the ability to deliver 5G in Africa would depend heavily on the allocation of satellite networks. At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that was recently hosted in Barcelona, Intelsat ...


Pay TV  |  DStv Seeks Regulatory Approval To Hike Up Subscription Fees In Angola

MultiChoice wants to raise DStv's monthly subscription by up to 20% in Angola, but the satellite pay-TV operator needs to receive regulatory approval before it would be allowed to go forward with a price increase. According to recent media reports ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Releases Concrete Viewership Number For The First Time

MultiChoice's video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming service, Showmax, publicised its first concrete viewership number when it announced that Tali's Wedding Diary had just topped 1 million views. The streaming service then hinted that a second season for the South African mockumentary series ...


Broadband  |  Broadband Research Report Reveals Zimbabwe As Most Expensive Country For Mobile Data In Africa

According to the UK-based broadband research firm Cable, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to four of the most expensive countries in which one can purchase mobile data. The cost of mobile data (in US Dollars) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Zambia To Hike Up DStv Subscription Fees Due To Increasing Cost Of Content

MultiChoice Zambia has announced that it will hike up the price of its DStv subscriptions by 10% in Zambia as from 1 April 2019 because of inflation and increasing operational and programming costs. In a text message to DStv subscribers, ...


Film Policy  |  South Africa's National Film And Video Foundation Announces Plans To Form Film Fund In Collaboration With Other African Countries

South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has revealed that it has kicked-off discussions with other African nations around the possible founding of an African film fund that would assist in making TV and film co-productions possible between producers ...


Telecom  |  MTN Might Ditch Allegiances With Mascom Wireless Botswana

According to people who are familiar with the matter, MTN might be toying with the idea of dropping its business venture with Mascom Wireless in Botswana as CEO Rob Shuter makes plans to reduce the number of countries in which ...


Content Services  |  DStv’s Newzroom Afrika Channel Set To Begin Recruitment Process In Preparation For Launch

Newzroom Afrika, the news channel which won a bid last year to become the brand new channel on Multichoice's DSTV platform, announced that it has kicked-off its recruitment process in preparation for its launch. In a statement, Newzroom Afrika declared ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Set To Debut Yet Another Nigerian Movie Following Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart'

Netflix has announced that following the successful acquisition of Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart', it is set to release another Nigerian movie on its streaming platform soon. According to the American streaming powerhouse, a comedy that is titled 'Chief Daddy' will be ...


Telecom  |  Globacom Nigeria Maps Out Strategic Plans To Beat Competitors

Globacom Nigeria Limited said that it had put together some plans that will help place the Nigerian economy on the right digital path. These plans are also designed to hopefully enable the telecom operator to rival its numerous competitors. Globacom’s ...


Showcase Interview  |  “To Succeed, Content Producers And Local TV Hubs Must Establish Mutually Beneficial Relationships” – Agatha Amata, CEO Of Rave TV Nigeria

Agatha Amata, the CEO of Rave TV, has suggested that Nigeria’s content producers and media owners ought to develop mutually beneficial relationships in order for the industry to thrive in the era of digital television.   Ms Agatha, responding to ...


Telecom  |  Infrastructure Rental Debts Revealed As The Biggest Contributor To Total Telecom Debt In Nigeria

Investigations conducted by Nigeria Communications Week have revealed that infrastructure leasing debt is the biggest threat to service delivery in Nigeria’s telecoms sector.   The investigations showed that in the $456 million telecom debts profile recorded at the end of ...


Content Services  |  DStv’s Zambezi Magic Set To Launch ‘Date My Family Botswana’

Botswana’s production houses have been invited to present their pitches to produce Botswana's version of the popular Dstv dating show, 'Date My Family'. According to Mzansi Magic, the tv show aired on Zambezi Magic (DStv channel 160) helps singletons try ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Rolls Out Exclusive BBNaija Pop-Up Channel On DStv And GOtv

The countdown towards the eagerly awaited fourth season of Big Brother Naija has begun, and MultiChoice Nigeria has revealed that it is treating fans of the favourite reality TV show to a special reunion show and an exclusive pop-up channel ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Signs 4G Roaming Deal With MTN South Africa

Liquid Telecom South Africa has announced that it has inked a deal with MTN to provide 4G roaming to millions of South Africans. Liquid said that the deal would include LTE services to cater to the growing demand for high-speed ...


Telecom  |  MTN Zambia Appoints New CEO

MTN Zambia has announced that it has appointed Philip van Dalsen as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer to lead the country’s front-running network. Van Dalsen was CEO of MTN Cyprus up until this appointment. He is, however, familiar with ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Cell C Black Financial Report Reveals $37 Million Spent On Content Acquisition

Cell C’s financial report for the year that ended on 31 December 2018 reveals that it spent a staggering $37 million acquiring film and programme rights throughout the year. The rights are stated on the report as contractual obligations that ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa Misses Deadline For DTT In The Free State Province

The 28th of February 2019 marked the promised deadline for the complete switch-over from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the Free State region of South Africa. The province was earmarked to be the one that would be first ...


Digital Migration  |  Ivory Coast Teams Up With GatesAir For National Digital TV Transition

The government of Ivory Coast has announced that it will be collaborating with GatesAir technologies for the necessary services and equipment contract to back the country’s national digital TV (DTV) network. The first phase is made up of seven transmitter ...


Telecom  |  Cell C Announces Interim CEO

Cell C has released a statement revealing that it has appointed Douglas Craigie Stevenson as the interim Group Chief Executive officer of the business as from 1 March 2019. Up until this point Craigie Stevenson has held the position of ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Regulation  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Digital TV  |  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, ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Showcase Interview  |  “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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Film and Cinema  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Regulation  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Industry Expos  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Satellite Broadband  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Film and Cinema  |  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 ...


Showcase Interview  |  “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, ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadband  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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, ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  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, ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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, ...


Industry Expos  |  “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. ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Regulation  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Regulation  |  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 ...


Regulation  |  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 ...


Digital TV  |  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.   ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Telecommunications Satellite  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Advertising  |  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 ...


Broadband  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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’ ...


Wifi Connectivity  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Broadcast Rights  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Broadcast Rights  |  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 ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Satellite TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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.   ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Film and Cinema  |  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 ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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, ...


Broadband  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  '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’ ...


Industry Expos  |  Harish Goyal, CEO, Zee TV Africa Set To Take Advantage Of The Burgeoning Growth In Africa’s OTT Content Streaming and Video-on-demand Space.

Harish Goyal, CEO of Zee TV Africa is urging media and broadcasting industry stakeholders to arm themselves with knowledge in order to benefit from the wealth of opportunities that goes hand-in-hand with successfully delivering OTT content streaming and VOD to ...


Industry Expos  |  Africa’s TV Content Creators, Distributors and Regulators Set To Convene In Lagos, Nigeria For Landmark Meeting

As TV systems and infrastructure go digital, and TV everywhere becomes a reality, professionals and executives must understand what will be driving the creation, development and the delivery of the quality and range of TV content to meet the expectations ...


Content Services  |  M-Net To Add Nigerian Drama series, Halita, To Africa Magic Family

M-Net has introduced a brand new weekday drama series, Halita. The fast-paced drama will air on Africa Magic Family (DStv 154) as from Monday 4 February, and revolves around a Northern Nigeria woman forced to flee from her village and ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Adds Three More NTA Channels To DStv

MultiChoice Nigeria has once again expanded the content catalogue on its DStv platform with the introduction of three new stations from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and also a spanking-new local entertainment channel that starts on the 31st January 2019. ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Airtel Uganda Collaborates With Kwese Iflix To Bring Live Sports To Smartphones

Airtel Uganda has joined forces with Kwesé iflix to launch a mobile platform that will offer live sports, cutting edge programming, video-on-demand and download to watch later entertainment to mobile TV services in Uganda. This collaboration comes a few weeks ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Preparing For A Big Network Revamp

Liquid Telecom is currently busy with the most significant network modernisation project that it has undertaken in over ten years. The network revamp, which began in August 2018, includes replacing old infrastructure across its main networks. Liquid Telecom’s CEO Reshaad ...


Digital TV  |  Cote d’Ivoire To Deploy Digital Terrestrial Television In February

Official sources have reported that the installation of digital terrestrial television (DTT) would start in Cote d’Ivoire’s Abidjan region in February. The Minister of Communication and Media, Sidiki Tiémoko Touré announced at a ceremony that the launch of digital terrestrial ...


Video-On-Demand  |  TopStar Adds Three More Zambian Stations To StarTimes ON App

TopStar’s Vice President, Cliff Sichone has revealed that the public signal distributor will be carrying more Zambian channels. He said that TopStar has the broadest terrestrial signal coverage that carries more than 20 Zambian TV Stations over 64 transmitters across ...


Industry Expos  |  “Keep up with new advancements in broadcast content delivery or go extinct,” Says Farhad Omar, CEO, ITV Networks

Farhad Omar, CEO of ITV Networks warns industry stakeholders of the trouble they could potentially find themselves in if they neglect to pay attention and explore the various ways to keep up with the rapidly evolving media industry, especially with ...


Entertainment and Media  |  Ghana To host The 8th DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

Ghana is preparing to host the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for the second time since the award’s inception in 2011. Ghana was also the first country to produce a poster winner during the first edition of the  DStv Eutelsat Star ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC And Ster-Kinekor To Pay Hefty Fine For Price Fixing

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Ster-Kinekor movie cinemas and the media house Primedia have admitted to being involved in price-fixing and have signed settlement agreements with the Competition Commission. This follows an investigation that began in November 2011 which ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC World News To Launch New Magazine Show In Africa

BBC World News is rolling out a new weekly programme, In Business Africa, to explore the trends shaping Africa's future. In Business Africa will be presented by Lerato Mbele-Roberts and Nancy Kacungira. Kacungira, a seasoned journalist from Uganda and the ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Distributes Set-Top Boxes To Its Media Partners In Guinea

StarTimes recently offered decoders and two years of subscription to its Guinean media partners for their collaboration and support in promoting their services. According to Qiao Ying, the Director of Startimes, 2018 was a fantastic year for StarTimes which marked ...


Industry Expos  |  “Africa’s Broadcast Industry Must Create Platforms To Expand Audience Base And Footprint” – Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA)

Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA) believes that OTT content streaming and VOD can contribute to diversity and media plurality by increasing accessibility of content services to a broader variety of audiences. Botlenyana, in ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix’s Effect On South African Content

Due to Netflix’s rapid growth in South Africa, MyBroadband recently had discussions with various experts about whether the global streaming giant could overtake DStv in terms of popularity in South Africa. They also highlighted that Netflix is more affordable than ...


Telecom  |  Orange Secures Burkina Faso’s First 4G Licence

The French telecoms operator Orange has bagged Burkina Faso's first 4G permit and has also had its 2G and 3G licences renewed as the West African country moves towards catching up with continental counterparts on service rollout. Ben Cheick Haidara, ...


Telecom  |  Uganda WarnsTelecoms Against Economy Exploitation

Uganda’sPresident Yoweri Museveni has stated that the business stakeholders in the country should have a win-win situation without exploiting the economy and citizens in an effort to avoid complaints between Ugandan citizens and foreign investors. The Ugandan government has reportedly ...


Pay TV  |  Kwese Hints That It Might Unveil Cross-Network Affordable Streaming Packages

Kwese Play is an HD internet TV decoder that allows its subscribers to combine the power of online streaming with the trill of entertainment. The decoder was unveiled quietly last year by Kwese and is currently available at selected digital ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice South Africa Seals Naspers Split With Dividend Plan

Africa’s largest pay-TV business MultiChoice plans to cough up a 2.5 billion rand ($181 million) dividend two years after leaving its mother-ship of three decades - e-commerce and media group Naspers - and getting a listing solo in South Africa. ...


Content Services  |  BeIN Sports Scores International South American Football Rights In North Africa

The Qatar-based pay-TV operator, BeIN Media has struck an exclusive broadcast rights deal for South American football. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), BeIN Media and FC Diez signed a multi-year media rights agreement that will award BeIN Sports the ...


Pre-Event Interview  |  “Industry Must Adapt As Traditional TV Declines And Online Entertainment Expands Across Africa” - Surie Ramasary, Ex-CEO Black (by Cell C)

Surie Ramasary, former Chief Executive of Black, Cell C’s streaming service platform has described a future of Africa’s broadcast and media industry where Traditional TV services may continue to decline as digital online entertainment expand. Surie, in an interview with ...


Telecom  |  MTN Zambia And Kirusa Rollout Roaming Service App

MTN Zambia and Kirusa have announced that they are launching ReachMe, a new roaming service for customers travelling outside of Zambia. According to a joint statement by the companies, by using the service subscribers will benefit from a significant reduction ...


Pay TV  |  Analysts Predict Uncertain Times For MultiChoice Following JSE Listing Announcement

The internet giant Naspers announced this week that its video entertainment business MultiChoice Group would list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on 27 February. Last year, Naspers had said that it was planning to list MultiChoice separately on the ...


Broadband  |  Surfline Increases Its 4G LTE Footprint In Ghana

Ghana’s front-running 4G LTE internet service provider, Surfline Communications Limited, has finally decided to expand its network coverage. Surfline has announced that it is increasing its footprint in Accra and that it plans to add more locations to its network ...


Telecom  |  Globacom Nigeria Joins Forces With Nokia Alcatel-Lucent

Bella Disu, the Group Executive Director of Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company, Globacom, announced a newly-signed deal with Nokia Alcatel-Lucent, an international telecom equipment manufacturing company, to install, supply and integrate a new Sure Pay Intelligent Network platform that would substantially ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Zambia Welcomes Its First Female CEO

Liquid Telecom has appointed Susan M'kandawire Mulikita as the new CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia to boost growth and market penetration all across the country. The highly experienced ICT professional, Susan Mulikita is the very first female CEO to join ...


Telecom  |  MTN Pays $53 Million Central Bank Of Nigeria Settlement Fee

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced to the international news provider, Reuters that MTN has finally paid the $53 million settlement in order to resolve its legal dispute with the CBN. The matter ...


Content Services  |  Turner Reports That Its Africa’s Ratings Are Higher Than Ever

According to its business reports, Turner Africa had a very successful end to 2018, with its combined kids multiplex and entertainment channel, TNT, achieving much more reach and rating results than ever before. In November, Turner Kids celebrated having spent ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice To Start Trading Its Shares Next Month

Naspers has announced that its video entertainment business, the MultiChoice Group, will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) as from 27 February. This is after Naspers revealed last year that it was planning to list MultiChoice separately on the ...


Content Services  |  Kwesé Iflix Adds A New Channel To Growing Lifestyle Line-Up

Kwese iflix, one of Africa’s leading digital entertainment platforms has announced the addition of the international channel Scoop Network to its diverse content catalogue. Kwesé iflix users will now be able to enjoy many hours of showbiz from the stylish ...


News Broadcasting  |  BBC Introduces New TV/Radio Programmes In Nigeria

As Nigeria moves closer to its general election in 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa, has introduced new radio and television programmes across all its partner TV stations in Nigeria. In a statement that was published on the BBC ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Commits To Continue To Carry Showmax Losses

The CEO of the MultiChoice Group, Calvo Mawela has announced that MultiChoice will continue carrying losses accumulated by Showmax in the “medium term”, but the goal is for the streaming television service to eventually make a profit once broadband infrastructure ...


Telecom  |  Uzi Zambia Announces February 2019 Launch

Zambia's fourth mobile phone service provider Uzi Zambia has confirmed that it will launch its operations in February 2019. Uzi, whose majority shareholder is Unitel International Holdings B.V registered in the Netherlands, received a network licence in March 2018, that ...


Sports Rights  |  Vodacom SA Bags Live Broadcast Rights For The FA Cup 2018-2019

Vodacom’s video-on-demand-service, Video Play has been granted the live broadcasting rights for the British football tournament FA Cup 2018-2019. This means that lovers of football, who use the Vodacom network can register for Video Play and enjoy the next five ...


Telecom  |  9Mobile Nigeria Welcomes On Board New Chief Financial Officer

In Nigeria the Telecommunications firm, 9mobile has announced the addition of Mr Phillips Oki as its newly appointed Chief Financial Officer. Stephanie Beuvelet, 9mobile's Acting Managing Director, disclosed this in an issued statement in Lagos on Monday 21 January 2019. ...


Broadband  |  Konnect Africa To Roll-Out Satellite Broadband In Côte d’Ivoire

The initiative from Eutelsat that is dedicated to satellite broadband throughout the African continent, Konnect Africa, revealed that it is now launching new internet access offers in Côte d’Ivoire. According to information provided by the Telecommunications Sector Observatory of the ...


Telecom  |  NCC Grants Nigeria’s Telcos Licence For $200m VAS Market

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has awarded an additional nine telecommunications firms, Value Added Services (VAS) aggregator licensing in an effort to deepen the VAS market. The NCC board made the recommendation that Nine Jojar Limited, I-Cell Media Limited, 21st ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria’s Pay TV Operators Fail To Provide ‘Pay-As-You-Consume’ Viewing

There is a widespread belief amongst Nigeria’s pay-TV subscribers that pay-television services are too expensive, especially when the operators continuously increase prices for their services. In addition to that, research has shown that subscribers generally watch only 15% or so ...


Industry Expos  |  Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Broadcast And Media To Take Center Stage At Key Industry Stakeholders Meeting In April 2019

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) has announced that it is collaborating with key industry partners to host a key meeting on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th April ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax To Launch New South African Original Series

Showmax has launched the trailer for The Girl from St. Agnes, and it looks like a fascinating and creepy adventure. The series is shot in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and is the second South African original show from the streaming ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya To Invest Millions In Expanded Network Capacity And Coverage

Telkom Kenya will dedicate over $9.8mil into the optimisation and expansion of its 3G and 4G network. The network roll-out will ensure the improvement of mobile connectivity by boosting the quality of service to users. Mugo Kibati, the CEO of ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Treats GOtv Subscribers To A Top Up Campaign Offer

MultiChoice Nigeria is giving subscribers on its GOtv platform a major reason to smile this new year with the rollout of GOtv’s ‘Top Up’ campaign. Starting from Tuesday, 15 January up until Monday, 15 April, 2019, all active as well ...


Telecom  |  Tanzania: Millicom Earmarks Full Ownership Of Zantel

The international telecommunications company Millicom, operating through its Tigo brand, wants to secure full ownership of the Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) by raising its current stake in the operator from 85% to 100%. In an effort to achieve this, Millicom is ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  South Africa: Intelsat SA Joins GSMA To Encourage Integration of Satellite And Terrestrial Solutions

Intelsat SA, the operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and frontrunner in integrated satellite communications, has announced its recent collaboration with GSMA, the organisation that represents mobile operators globally, to further strengthen the merger of satellite and terrestrial technologies ...


Broadband  |  Vodafone Ghana Customers To Receive 4G LTE Services By April

Vodafone Ghana’s customers will soon be offered superior internet connectivity services on their network. Vodafone Ghana’s officials say plans are advanced in the instalment of its newly purchased 4G LTE spectrum by the second quarter of 2019. Yolanda Cuba, the ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix South Africa’s Speeds Are Among The Slowest Globally

Netflix has revealed that on its ISP Speed Index for December 2018, South Africa still very low in the rankings. South Africa’s achieved an average ISP speed of 2.63Mbps in December, an increase over the previous month’s average. Despite the ...


Content Services  |  Big Brother Nigeria 4th Season Production To Be Moved From Johannesburg To Lagos

M-Net West Africa and MultiChoice Nigeria have announced that a new season of Big Brother Nigeria will be filmed in 2019. Production of the anticipated 4th season of Big Brother Naija is moving from Johannesburg, South Africa to Lagos, Nigeria. ...


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa: MultiChoice And SABC To Respond To ICASA’s Sports Broadcasting Review

Both the SABC and MultiChoice are preparing their responses to regulations set by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) that have the potential to challenge SuperSport's monopoly of sport broadcasting rights in South Africa. The draft of the ...


Telecom  |  NCC Implements 9Mobile Damage Control

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started putting together measures to prevent any disruption of service at 9mobile following reports that Teleology Holdings might possibly abandon its acquisition deal of the troubled operator. Even though none of the parties involved ...


Telecom  |  Bharti Airtel In Negotiations To Acquire Telkom Kenya

Bharti Airtel is in talks to purchase Telkom Kenya, which will help the telco sink its roots deeper in the east African market and boost the valuation of Airtel Africa. Telkom Kenya is the third-largest telecommunications operator in Kenya with ...


Content Services  |  Zambia: SuperSport Introduces New Outside Broadcast Partner And Restates Commitment To Zambia

SuperSport has been a big supporter of the Zambian Football League since 2012 and has invested over US$ 5.3 million in licence fee payments to the Football Association of Zambia over the years to broadcast league matches and game highlights ...


Content Services  |  UNILAG TV Airs On StarTimes

The University of Lagos ( UNILAG ) is launching Nigeria’s very first campus television station, UNILAG TV. The station is which boasts top of the range technical facilities is scheduled to air on StarTimes digital broadcast, Channel 184. Mr Adebisi ...


Digital TV  |  South Africa: Free State Digital Migration Date Extended To February

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has moved the deadline for switching over from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the Free State to the end of February. The initial deadline was 31 December 2018. According to the DOC, ...


Telecom  |  Uganda’s President Surprised That MTN Was Charged Less For Licence Renewal

According to the letter seen by Reuters, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has been very critical about the telecommunications regulator’s decision to slash MTN Uganda’s fee for renewing its telecoms licence. Ugandan media reported that the Uganda Communications Commission ...