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Regulation  |  Kenya: Regulator Declines Telco’s Bid For TV Licence Again

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has once again opted to decline to grant Safaricom a broadcasting licence. This decision was made pending the release of the report on market dominance in the country’s telecommunications sector. During an interview, the ...


Telecom  |  Regulator Announces That MTN, Nigerian Central Bank Dispute Is Close To Resolution

The Nigerian telecoms regulator has announced that the $8.1 billion dispute between the Nigerian Central Bank and MTN is being resolved and will very soon be over. Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, ...


Content Services  |  Netflix To Roll Out Its First African Original Series

Netflix has kick-started the production of its very first African original series, a move that its stars say is going to change the game for all artists on the African continent. According to Variety, Queen Sono will have its global ...


Regulation  |  South Africa: ISPA Supports ICASA’s Mobile Data Competition Probe

According to South Africa's Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), the best ICT industry news that came out of 2018 in South Africa was the communications regulator's decision to launch an inquiry into mobile broadband competition in the country. ISPA has ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Gives All Subscribers 50% End-Of-Year Discount

Pay TV Operator, StarTimes has announced that it will be granting a special 50% discount off subscription rates to its subscribers this festive season. According to a statement that was recently issued by the company, the offer kicked off on ...


 |  Nigeria: Atcon Wants NCC And NBC To Collaborate On TV White Space for Broadband

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has urged the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to sort out the framework and modalities that would help the industry take full advantage of all opportunities presented by ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: NCC Temporarily Stops Allocation of Frequency Spectrum In Preparation For 5G

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has made the decision to suspend the allocation of frequency spectrum that was likely to be approved by the International Telecommunications Union for 5G services.   The NCC had been planning to offer frequencies in ...


Broadband  |  Internet Usage Continues To Rise In Africa

Only a quarter of Africans have internet access, but the region has the most robust growth figures, according to the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU's) latest statistics. For the first time, over half of the world's population will be utilising the ...


Connectivity  |  Orange Is Constructing A US$6.6-Million Datacentre In Botswana

The French telecommunications multinational operator, Orange is planning the construction of a datacentre in Botswana as part of a 70-million Pula (about US$6.6-million) project. Orange said that the datacentre should be completed by the end of 2019 and will connect ...


Content Services  |  ‘Pablo’ -Groundbreaking Autism Animation To Stream In Africa

Nominated as the Best Pre-School Programme at the 2019 Broadcast Awards, ‘Pablo’ is now streaming in Africa on Showmax. Pablo is a boy who is five-and-a-half and autistic. To cope with the many challenges he faces, the funny, smart, and ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Launches Interactive Customer Care Chatbot

Safaricom has launched Zuri, an artificial intelligence (AI) Chatbot assistant that is now available on Facebook Messenger and Telegram. Zuri allows more than 17 million Safaricom mobile data users to complete a variety of tasks like manage subscription services including ...


News Broadcasting  |  iflix News To Air Channel NewsAsia

The SVOD platform, iflix has announced that it has joined forces with Channel NewsAsia, the English-language Asian news channel based in Southeast Asia. Channel NewsAsia’s linear broadcast will be a significant addition to iflix News, iflix’s 24-hour news platform which ...


Telecom  |  No Licence Issued Yet In Teleology 9mobile transaction

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has not yet issued a telecoms operating license to Teleology Holdings who won the bid for Nigeria's fourth largest mobile operator 9mobile (formerly known as Etisalat). Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Kwese Subscribers To Get Devices For Internet TV Connection

Pay-TV provider Kwese is introducing converter boxes that will enable subscribers with traditional television sets to also connect to the Internet. After connecting these gadgets to their televisions, Kwese customers will automatically link on to an Internet hub that will ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom To Ink Data Centre Infrastructure Deal With Telecom Egypt

Egypt’s investment ministry has announced that the pan-African operator Liquid Telecom will now be able to invest in Egyptian telecoms under the terms of an outline deal recently signed with Telecom Egypt. The ministry released a statement declaring that Liquid ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: FTT Provider Legend Doubles Its Speed For Double And Triple Play Customers

Nigeria’s FTTH provider Legend is making progress in what remains a tough market because of the unstable economy. Next year it will be launched in Lagos and Kano.  Bruce Ayonote, the Founder and CEO of Legend spoke in an interview ...


Telecom  |  MTN Introduces Music Streaming Service MusicTime

MTN has announced the arrival of music streaming service MusicTime, which it proudly refers to as "a world first offering" from its crafty team at Simfy Africa. According to a statement issued by MTN, MusicTime is a time-based music streaming ...


ICT  |  IT Experts In Zimbabwe Criticise Governments 1% Proposal For R&D

Some tech experts in Zimbabwe have criticised the government's intention to allocate only 1% of the country's GDP towards research and development saying it is unimportant and would be unable to sustain a socio-economic development plan, given the country's ongoing ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Considers Making A Second Bid For Cell C

Telkom is said to be considering making an offer to buy a majority share in Cell C that would lead to the amalgamation of South Africa’s third- and fourth-largest mobile-phone operators, according to individuals familiar with the matter. The former ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Beats All Satellite TV To The Ground

When Netflix touched down in South Africa on 6 January 2016, it marked the end of MultiChoice’s uncontested dominance in the country’s premium video entertainment market. No longer would DStv’s sole competitors be small digital satellite TV startups that had ...


Broadband  |  Safaricom Rolls Out Trial For Latest Network Coverage Technology

In Nairobi, Kenya, Safaricom has begun the trial run of its new network coverage technology. This latest technology has been named the TubeStar Base Station, and it replaces the old standard tower base station with a tubular shape that takes ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Three SABC Board Members Abandon Ship Amid Political Interference

News24 has reported that three board members have recently resigned from the SABC after reports of political interference. Board member Krish Naidoo, Deputy chairperson Khanyisile Kweyam and DA nominee John Mattison, are the trio that is said to who have ...


Solar-Powered Satellite TV  |  Azuri Technologies Provides Rural Households With Solar Powered Satellite TVs That Showcase Channels From Star Times And Zuku

Solar powered satellite TVs are expanding the size of Africa’s TV audiences and gaining new viewers in previously unserviced rural areas. In a recent interview the CEO of Azuri Technologies, Simon Bransfield-Garth discussed his company’s current focus on providing rural ...


Telecom  |  MTN Ghana Gets Issued US$1.8-million Fine

MTN Ghana has been issued a fine amounting to US$1.8-million by Ghana’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA), citing poor quality of service. The NCA also fined Vodafone, AirtelTigo and Glo, accusing all four operators of neglecting to honour ...


Content Services  |  Netflix Invests In Original African Content

African subscribers of Netflix will be thrilled to learn that Netflix is about to deliver more local options of shows to enjoy. The global streaming giant has confirmed that it has decided to order original series from Africa next year ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa's Communications Minister Opposes SABC’s Plans To Retrench

The new minister has instructed the national broadcaster’s board to place a hold on the retrenchments programme that it wanted to complete before the end of February 2019 to try to remedy its deepening financial crisis. The SABC had come ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom Plans To Deliver Social Grants

Vodacom is currently in talks to utilise its technology to distribute social grants in South Africa. Mickey Mashale, Vodacom Business’ Chief Sales Officer recently said that the company had been having discussions with the relevant departments on how to assist ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya Takes Out €35-Million Loan To Expand Network

Kenya’s third-biggest telecoms operator, Telkom Kenya has received a loan of €35-million (approximately US$40 million) from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The company plans to use the credit to expand its mobile and data services and expects an increase in ...


Broadband  |  Cisco Commits To Digitally Empower One Million In Africa

At the Global Citizen 'Mandela 100' festival, which was hosted in Johannesburg recently, the multinational tech firm Cisco announced its mission to help one million people across Africa (and ten million people worldwide) to secure employment in the digital economy. ...


Telecom  |  Minority Shareholders Stand Together Against Econet Founder

Minority shareholders raised their concerns over allegations of unfair conduct by Strive Masiyiwa, the majority shareholder at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. Because of this outcry, a shareholder vote on the conversion of debentures to shares in the Zimbabwean telecoms operator has ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Is Struggling To Retain DStv Premium Subscribers In South Africa

Naspers has published its financial results for the six months period ending on 30 September 2018. Part of the company’s results zoomed in on the “video entertainment” division of the business, which includes MultiChoice Africa, MultiChoice South Africa, and Showmax ...


Telecom  |  PIC Raises Stake In MTN To 26%

The Public Investment Corp. has raised its stake in the MTN Group Ltd. twice in two days, taking advantage of a price that is close to a 10-year low amid the telecoms operator’s crisis in Nigeria. Johannesburg-based MTN announced in ...


Telecom  |  Orange Plans To Launch 5G In Africa And The Middle East

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


Telecom  |  Africa’s Mobile Phone Market Declines In Q3

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


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom And Western Cape Plan To Offer Public Wi-Fi to 6.6 Million People

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


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Wants Hlaudi Motsoeneng To Pay Back R21.7 million

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


Connectivity  |  Eutelsat Communications’ Konnect Africa Launches Satellite Internet Access Offers In The DRC

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


Telecom  |  Safaricom Market Share Takes A Nosedive

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


Radio Broadcasting  |  African Media Entertainment Has Trimmed Its Interim Dividend

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


Telecom  |  More MTN Executives Jump Ship Amid Nigeria Crisis

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix South Africa – Fair Value For Money

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


OTT - Internet TV  |  StarTimes Introduces ‘StarTimes ON’ For OTT Business

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


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe’s NetOne Boasts Rapid Growth

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


Video-On-Demand  |  No Launch Date Set For DStv Streaming Service

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Africa’s Best Animation of 2018 Is Featured On YouTube

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Pinnacle To Introduce Video-on-Demand – NBC DG

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


ICT  |  SA's New Minister Of Communications In Talks About ICT Collaboration With China

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Fox Introduces TV Streaming Service With Saudi Media Group

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


Telecom  |  MTN Shares Increase On News Of Nigeria Dispute Settlement

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


Broadcast Rights  |  SABC’s Multi-Billion Rand Loss On Non-Lucrative Sports Rights

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kwese TV’s Broadcasting Licence Bid Is Big On Sports But Lacks News

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


Telecom  |  MTN And Orange Join Forces To Target Money Users In Africa

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


Content Services  |  Kwesé iflix Releases Exciting New African Content

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


Data Services  |  Demand For High-Speed Mobile Internet Rises In Zambia

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


Data Services  |  Ovum Advises Telcos To Expand Broadband Networks To Capitalise On Data Opportunity

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


Content Services  |  eNCA Is The News Channel With The Highest Viewership Ratings On DStv

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


Connectivity  |  Logical Wireless Offers Satellite Broadband Services To Firms In Africa

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


Content Services  |  Global Content Hub By Zee Signs Drama Co-production Deal In Africa

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


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom And MTN Will Share The Much Anticipated 5G spectrum

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


Content Services  |  SA Idols Breaks Record By Surpassing 142 Million Votes

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


Connectivity  |  Liquid Telecom Partners With Kymeta To Connect Africa's Remote Areas

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


Content Services  |  Netflix Picks Up Chiwetel Ejiofor's New Film

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


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe's Powertel Announces A Plan To Re-Start Operations

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


Telecom  |  MTN Buys Simfy Africa

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


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa: SAFA Apologises For SABC TV Blackout

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Kwesé iflix Wins Best Innovation In Digital Media At Africom

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


Content Services  |  StarTimes Signs Deal Granting 3-year Exclusive Media Rights For Coppa Italia

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


Content Services  |  Turner Broadcasting Shines With Brand New Deals And Programming

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


Pay TV  |  GRB Studios Inks Multiyear Licensing And Distribution Deal With Africa's Black TV

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


Telecom  |  Vodacom Shows Interest In Collaborating With Safaricom In Ethiopia

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


Music and Entertainment  |  Tanzania’s Mkito Music Plans To Branch Out Into More Countries

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


Connectivity  |  Angola Cables And Broadband Infraco Pen Connectivity Deal

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


Telecom  |  Airtel And Coverage Broadband Launch 3flix Mobile TV In Nigeria

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


Telecom  |  Telone Spends $20 000 On Cable Theft Bounty

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


Broadband  |  Ovum Report Declares That Africa's Digital Future Looks Bright

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Cash-Strapped SABC Needs R3bn From Government To Avoid Collapse

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Plan To Reduce MTN $8.1Bn Fine To $800m Causes Outcry

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


Broadcast Rights  |  SABC And Multichoice Ink A Mutually Beneficial Agreement

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


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Eutelsat Claims To Be The Satellite TV Leader in Cameroon, Nigeria and Ivory Coast

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


Telecom  |  AfricaCom 2018: New Mobile Device Designed To Make Internet Connectivity Affordable

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


Content Services  |  Showmax Prepares To Roll Out New Original Show

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


Telecom  |  New CEO Appointed For Telkom Kenya

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Considers More Affordable Price Plans

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


Connectivity  |  South Africa: Rain Introduces 5G Network

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


Telecom  |  Teleology Appoints New Board After Finally Taking Over 9mobile

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


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom Enjoys Increased Subscriber And Data Traffic Growth

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


Pay TV  |  South Africa: 18 Companies Apply To Provide New Pay TV Services To Compete With DStv

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


Content Services  |  Disney’s Upcoming Streaming Service Is Set To Take Content From Netflix

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


Telecom  |  CBN And MTN Close To Settling USD8.1 Billion Dispute

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN Introduces Partner Ecosystem To Deliver Efficient Enterprise Solutions

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


Content Services  |  Netflix Launches Six New Animated Programmes

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


Broadcasting Services  |  New Free Streaming Platform With 100 Channels Introduced In South Africa

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


Pay TV  |  Kwesé TV Shut Down After Losing Legal Case

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


Entertainment and Media  |  BBC iPlayer And BBC Earth Add Dynasties To Line-Up

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


Content Services  |  South Africa: Uzalo Bids Farewell To Three Cast Members as Season 4 Wraps Up

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


Connectivity  |  GSMA Warns Mobile Operators About Access to the Right 5G Spectrum

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Active Kwese TV subscribers Get Free Access For A Year To Kwese Iflix

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


Content Services  |  South Africa: TV Station eNCA Introduces New Programme "Crimewatch"

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


Entertainment and Media  |  Nigeria: TVC Communications Revamps Its TV Arm With A Brand Refresh

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


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC Names Its Nairobi Bureau The Largest Outside The UK

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


Pay TV  |  Kwese's Satellite-TV Shuts Down After 18 Months

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Kenya: Showmax Uses Local Shows To Fight Off Competitors

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


Connectivity  |  Nigeria: NCC To Regulate Internet Access With New Industry Code

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


Digital Migration  |  NBC Wraps Up Digital Mapping of Nigeria

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Radio Host Aubrey Masango Ordered To Apologise For ‘Disrespectful’ On-Air Comments

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Multichoice and Vodacom Collaborate To Offer Free Access To Showmax

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


Telecom  |  Vodacom Extends Its Reach To 19 New African Countries

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


Broadband  |  Nigeria: ATCON Urges Members To Collaborate With NIGCOMSAT For Broadband Penetration

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


Investments  |  Nigeria: MTN Holds CBN Responsible for Delay in Listing on NSE

The MTN Group has claimed that its legal scuffle with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is the main reason why it is encountering obstacles on its listing process in Nigeria. The telecoms company released its quarterly report for the ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN Group’s Subscriber Base Grows In Nigeria Despite Sanction

The MTN Group has gained 2.5 million new subscribers in the third quarter of the year, thanks to a strong performance in Nigeria and incredible growth in Ghana. MTN SA, on the other hand, actually lost subscribers during the quarter. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Kicks Off Retrenchment Process - One-Third Of Staff To Go!

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has issued a communication to staff stating that it will retrench quite a large number of employees in an attempt to save costs. The SABC had met with unions in September to discuss the ...


Content Services  |  FOX Sports Africa To Live Stream African Boxing Matches Globally On Facebook

Fox Networks Group Africa has announced that enthusiasts of South African and African boxing matches usually broadcasted on FOX Sports in Africa will now have access to a global live stream of those matches through Facebook, thanks to a new ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Airtel Launches 4G LTE In The City Of Lagos!

Airtel Nigeria has launched 4G LTE network in Lagos precisely eight months after it initially introduced the service in Nigeria. Segun Ogunsanya, The Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, was recently speaking at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Lagos and stated ...


Connectivity  |  Nigerians Struggle With Shaky Expensive Broadband Internet

The absence of last mile infrastructure is not the only the obstacle confronting broadband penetration in Nigeria. There are countless other issues such as Nigeria’s unreliable power supply, lack of policy framework for broadband infrastructure development and a lot of ...


Company  |  SES Profit Takes A Nosedive In Third Quater

Satellite operator SES said it was ready to deliver on its full-year 2018 and 2020 guidance, with growth year-to-date in underlying and absolute and revenue. For the third quarter, revenue gains were recorded for the first time in a very ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice May Have to Decrease DStv Prices In 2019

MultiChoice might be faced with a difficult decision in 2019 – to continue to raise DStv Premium prices and lose even more subscribers to Netflix, or to cut prices and hope that a digital-only version of DStv will work. Increasing ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Group Announces Newly Appointed Executive Team

Following their recent announcement to unbundle Africa’s largest pay-TV operator,  Naspers has now announced that the entity that was previously known as Naspers’ Video Entertainment business has been renamed MultiChoice Group and the executive leadership team for the new group ...


Digital Migration  |  SA Government To Team Up With SABC and MultiChoice on Digital Migration

Times Live reported that Nomvula Mokonyane, South Africa’s Communications Minister has announced that after spending over R10bn on the project over the years, the South African government will no longer be procuring set-top boxes meant for the switchover from analogue ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africans Choose Showmax Over Netflix

According to a recent survey, Showmax is more popular than Netflix in South Africa. The finding was reported in the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa products, and brands report for October 2018, focusing specifically on services in South Africa. ...


Connectivity  |  Vodacom Launches Super HD Voice in South Africa

Vodacom South Africa is joining forces with a few device manufacturers to introduce the next phase that is sure to elevate the Vodacom network, Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) also known as the Super High Definition (SHD) voice or HD Voice+ ...


Content Services  |  Canal + International Introduces Its First Original Series In Africa

Canal + International will be launching its first original series in Africa. The exciting new series is called Invisibles and will be playing exclusively on the Canal + International platform at the end of this month. Invisibles was Co-produced by ...


Connectivity  |  Public Hearings Held On New Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) conducted public hearings from the 6th to the 7th September 2018 at its Head Office in Johannesburg, South Africa on the draft IMT850 Radio Frequency Spectrum Assignment Plan (RFSAP) for the frequencies ...


Video-On-Demand  |  DStv To Vigourously Fight Back Against Netflix

Naspers announced in August that it had created a new video unit for over-the-top content services called Connected Video. The Connected Video unit will manage the Showmax and DStv Now services in South Africa and will be in charge of ...


Telecom  |  Mauritania Prepares For 4G Roll Out!

Eleven years after Mauritania telecommunications firm Chinguitel brought 3G to the country, Mauritania is planning to launch 4G. In addition to that, the Mauritanian government are planning to grant an operating license to a fourth operator. The West African country ...


Content Services  |  South Africa Welcomes HISTORY Vault VOD Service

HISTORY’s video-on-demand service HISTORY Vault has been launched in South Africa, making it the very first launch for the platform outside of North America. History Vault was developed by A+E Networks and was launched in February 2016 in America. It ...


Digital Migration  |  NBC Gains Full Support Of National Assembly For Successful Digital Switch Over

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, Olusegun Odebunmi, has announced that the National Assembly is ready to support the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria in its quest to achieve successful Digital Switch Over. ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Free State Will Be First To Receive Digital Terrestrial TV

In South Africa, the Free State will be the first province to switch over from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT). The switch is expected to be done by December 2018. Nomvula Mokonyane, Communications Minister, made this announcement in Tshwane ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Reps Call For Assisted Learning on TV And Radio

A bill requesting to amend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act, to provide radio and television contents that promotes improved education among Nigerian pupils has passed second reading in the Nigerian House of Representatives. The “National Broadcasting Commission Amendment Bill, ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa Will Say Goodbye To Analogue TV in 2020 - According To Minister Of Communications

Nomvula Mokonyane, South Africa’s Communication Minister, announced at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) headquarters in Pretoria that the country would switch from analogue terrestrial television to digital television broadcasting in July 2020 or even earlier than that, if ...


Broadcast Rights  |  SAFA To Fight The SABC All The Way Over Free-To-Air Airing Of Local Football Games

According to a report issued by the South African Sunday Times, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced that it will be going to Parliament to request that it not be forced to share Bafana and Banyana soccer games ...


Content Services  |  Turner Africa Teams Up With Greenworld Communications in Nigeria

Turner Africa was excited to announce a fantastic new partnership with Greenworld Communications in Nigeria. This partnership will allow Greenworld’s client’s access to advertising solutions on some of its great, high-quality channels operating across the continent, namely, Cartoon Network, Boomerang ...


Content Services  |  BBC Africa Rolls Out A New Pan-African Business Show

BBC News Africa is introducing Smart Money, a new half-hour weekly magazine programme, across the African continent. The show will provide an extensive look at current money and business subject matter from across Africa. The show will also feature practical ...


Broadcast Rights  |  MultiChoice, SABC and MTV To Air Live Broadcast Of The Global Citizen Festival Globally

MultiChoice, SABC and MTV To Air Live Broadcast Of The Global Citizen Festival Globally MultiChoice, the SABC, Viacom International's MTV and YouTube have acquired the broadcasting rights of the upcoming Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100. SABC and YouTube that will ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Central Bank and MTN to Strike a Deal in $8.1Bn Dispute

South African telecommunications provider, MTN and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are on the verge of striking a deal and coming to an amicable resolution in their dispute over the repatriation of $8.1 billion, according to Nigeria’s Minister of ...


Sports Rights  |  Senegal: Canal Plus Sport To Provide Live Screening of Boxing Gala

Vivendi Sports is expanding its reach in Africa. The group specialises in the creation and carrying out of sporting events and was previously responsible for organising a cycling race authorised by the Union Cycliste Internationale in Cameroon. Now Vivendi Sport ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Opens West Africa Academy In Nigeria

The MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy has been unveiled in Lagos. The launch of the academy has warranted much praise for MultiChoichoice from the Lagos State Government, and the academy is expected to provide Africa’s up and coming television and film ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Nexflix Experiences Major Subscriber Growth - Globally!

Netflix Inc. is growing faster than ever and putting to bed doubts about its global prospects. The world’s largest paid online TV network added much more subscribers than expected in the third quarter. Netflix also announced that it looks forward ...


Content Services  |  SPI Rolls Out New Turkish TV Series Channel In SA

SPI/FilmBox revealed some news that will be welcomed with great excitement by fans of Turkish drama and Turkish telenovelas. The HD content provider is extending its global TV channel portfolio with the Timeless Drama Channel featuring Turkish TV series such ...


Content Services  |  Kwesé and Vodafone Join Forces To Bring VOD Content To Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has signed a deal with highly acclaimed broadcaster Kwesé, to provide video-on-demand and live TV content to Ghana through the platform’s video streaming service Kwesé Play. This partnership will allow viewers to connect a Kwese Play digital TV ...


Convergence  |  Airtel Malawi Joins Forces With Kwese TV For Mobile Money Subscription Payments

Malawi’s leading smartphone service provider, Airtel Malawi has teamed up with KWESE TV to facilitate that subscription payments be made via mobile money. According to the two companies, this new way of making payments will save their customers time and ...


Connectivity  |  Africa Mobile Networks (AMC) Partners Intelsat To Connect Rural Sub-Saharan Africa

Intelsat has made a tactical investment in Africa Mobile Networks (AMN). The main purpose of the investment is to accelerate the installation of mobile connectivity to rural, unserved communities across multiple states in sub-Saharan Africa. AMN provides operators with a ...


Entertainment and Media  |  DStv Teams Up With Joox To Provide Free Streaming Music

DStv has signed a deal with the music app Joox to offer a new package to its subscribers. Thabiet Allie, the Chief Commercial Officer of Tencent Africa, declared that The new Joox VIP family package would be available exclusively to ...


Content Services  |  Open News Prepares To Take Television News By Storm

eMedia Investments will be launching Open News, on Thursday, 1 November 2018. The channel will provide the free-to-air satellite platform’s latest news offering, and this news broadcast will be available exclusively on Openview. Open News will keep its viewers entertained ...


Industry Meeting  |  SES To Discuss Unleashing Digital TV's Potential At SABA's Broadcasters Convention

SES is proud to be the primary sponsor for the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) Broadcasters' Convention and 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29th - 30th October 2018. The convention will take place at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Radio Africa Partners With KRU To Air Cup Matches Live In Kenya

The free to air TV channel of Radio Africa, Bamba Sport and Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) have announced a new broadcast partnership that will award the television station exclusive rights to air Kenya Cup matches for the next five years. ...


Video-On-Demand  |  iFlix Joins Forces With Vewd To Offer Entertainment Service

iFlix, the entertainment platform for emerging markets, will now be accessible on millions of Vewd enabled devices. The new development is because of the recently unveiled collaboration between Vewd and iflix. iflix’s rapid growth has made it a necessity in ...


Regulation  |  South Africa: Film Publication Board Is Collapsing Under Severe Mismanagement

According to South Africa's City Press, the country's Film and Publication Board (FPB) is falling apart because of mismanagement and non-compliance. The FPB handles the categorisation of video games and films before they get released in South Africa. City Press ...


Broadcast Rights  |  SABC Responds To SAFA's 'No Bafana On TV' Allegation

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has responded to a statement made by the South African Football Association (SAFA) regarding the broadcasting of Bafana Bafana and other international games. The conflict began when SAFA released a statement claiming that the ...


Connectivity  |  Facebook Closes Deal To Install Optical Fiber In Uganda

Facebook and Uganda have not always had the best of relationships. Last August Facebook announced that it would be halting its services in the country, but now, because of the introduction of the tax on social networks, Facebook has changed ...


Broadcast Rights  |  SAFA Announces SABC Will No Longer Broadcast Bafana Games

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced that the upcoming Banyana Banyana international matches and the Bafana Bafana AFCON matches will not be broadcast on the SABC channels. SAFA released a statement declaring that as matters currently stand, the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  First Shopping TV Channel Launches In Ethiopia

Nahoo Television launched Ethiopia’s first shopping channel ‘Mazesha Zone’, dedicated solely to commercials, demonstrations and presentations of products. The broadcaster has already set up delivery systems, warehouses, e-payment mechanisms and credit schemes to make the operations of the satellite channel ...


Entertainment and Media  |  African Movie Channel Introduces Production Hub

African Movie Channel (AMC) has created a production division, AMC Original Productions (AMCOP). This division is set to officialise AMC’s journey into developing and producing its own movies and TV series. The African film industry has become exposed to a ...


Entertainment and Media  |  Vodafone Icons Finale Set For Live Screening in Ghana

The finale of Vodafone Icons 2018 edition is scheduled to air live on television this weekend in Ghana. The 60-minute production will be viewed live on Saturday at 5 pm on Adom TV, at 5:30 pm on TV3, and at ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Expert Says SABC Must Drop TV Licence Funding Model

According to Martin Van Staden, a Free Market Foundation researcher, the SABC TV licence has overstayed its welcome in the country, and it is time for the SABC to stop forcing consumers to fund its operations by charging TV licence ...


Content Services  |  Sony Movie Channel Partners With Freesat in The UK

Freesat is adding the Sony Movie Channel to its line-up. The addition means that the Sony Movie Channel will become available on all major digital platforms in the UK. Before this partnership, the Sony Movie Channel was available on a ...


Entertainment and Media  |  PwC Will Work With Media Stakeholders To Future-proof Its Forecasts

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) came under scrutiny three years ago when many raised concerns and questions about some of its Media and Entertainment Outlook research numbers. It was alleged that the forecast data was an inaccurate reflection of what was really going ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: DStv Introduces M-Net Movies Pop-Up Channel

M-Net Movies will be rolling out an exciting DC Heroes pop-up channel for DStv Premium customers in November. Chief Customer Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, said that DStv Premium customers would be spoiled for choice with a selection of ...


Connectivity  |  GSMA Rolls Out Innovation Fund For Rural Connectivity

The GSMA has started an Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, aimed at broadening digital inclusion through alternative new technology solutions for connecting unserved rural communities. The GSMA is managing the fund, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is ...


Content Services  |  Films From Six African Countries Submitted For Oscar Consideration

More and more African countries have been submitting their entries in the Academy Awards foreign language category lately, and this year Malawi and Niger became first-time entrants in the film race that has received 87 approved submissions for the Oscars ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: SABC1’s Uzalo Breaks Ratings Records

South Africa and SABC1’s most-watched TV show, Uzalo has broken records with the second episode of its recent two-part wedding storyline that was watched by 10.2 million viewers - a new record-high for South African television. Although Uzalo was already ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Is Spending Billions On Salaries! Is That Why It's Neck Deep In Trouble?

The South African state-owned broadcaster is in over its head in financial turmoil, and its biggest cost-driver is salaries. With a salary bill that is R3.1bn, representing 42% of revenue, the SABC is in the deep end and desperately needs ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Seventy-Two Percent Of South Africans Will Choose Netflix

A recent survey conducted by MyBroadband revealed that 72% of the participants would choose Netflix over other competing products, including Showmax, DStv, and Amazon Prime. Netflix is available in South Africa from R99 per month. Netflix Premium, the most expensive ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Tightens Its TV Licence Rules

In South Africa, the public broadcaster has decided to strengthen the regulations around TV licences. The need for a TV licence now extends further than only presenting it when you purchase a new TV at a store or online. The ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: eNCA Take Content From Bloomberg Media Distribution

South Africa's leading 24-hour news channel, eNCA and Bloomberg Media Distribution - a leading supplier of business news, video, data and photos have signed a new content agreement to dispatch Bloomberg's business and finance news within the channel's new flagship ...


Appointment  |  Matt Forde Is New Boss Of BBC Studios International Production And Formats

BBC Studios has announced that Matt Forde has been appointed as their new Managing Director of International Production & Formats. The global content company is home to Top Gear, Dancing with the Stars and many other highly successful television shows ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Central Bank Slaps MTN Nigeria With A Counterclaim

The Central Bank of Nigeria has responded with a counterclaim to MTN Nigeria’s request for an order to stop the bank that is forcing it to repatriate a staggering amount of USD8.1 billion that CBN claims was illegally sent out ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC's CEO Promises Improved Programming and Diversity Across All Channels

SABC CEO, Madoda Mxakwe, announced at the SABC’s Eastern Cape regional office in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, that he would be ensuring that better programming is provided and that diversity is displayed on the SABC's SABC2 and SABC3 channels. The ...


Connectivity  |  SES To Provides Global Direct Connectivity To IBM Cloud

SES Networks is enabling direct connectivity to IBM Cloud customers globally. SES Networks has announced that delivering an improved online experience to a broad variety of customers by utilising satellite-based connectivity. With cloud adoption increasing worldwide, SES Networks has joined ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  TelOne Launches DEOD Entertainment Service in Zimbabwe

TelOne, Zimbabwe’s state-owned telecommunications company, has secured a partnership with Discover Digital, to offer a streaming service called Digital Entertainment on Demand (DEOD). The service was launched on October 3 and will be competing with Netflix, Kwese’s Iflix and MultiChoice’s ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  South African Streaming TV Network To Operate In Tanzania

ZMTN, a South African based streaming TV Network that is already operating in 54 different countries is planning to begin rendering its services in Tanzania in December this year. The Zillionaire Mobile TV Network’s Revolt Decoder boasts over 300 free ...


Appointment  |  Nkateko Mabaso Appointed As New CEO Of M-Net

MultiChoice has announced that Nkateko Mabaso has been appointed as the new CEO of M-Net in Sub-Saharan Africa with immediate effect. He had been made the Acting CEO in February this year and has now been placed permanently as the ...


Pay TV  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Losing Premium Subscribers To Netflix

MultiChoice South Africa has revealed that it had lost many DStv Premium subscribers during the past financial year due to the aggressive competition from Netflix. Approximately 20% of South Africans who sign up for Netflix or Showmax, do so with ...


Telecom  |  MTN May Stop Proposed IPO Over $10Bn Demand By Nigeria

In the midst of facing a combined $10 billion in claims from the Nigerian authorities, MTN Group Ltd said there might no longer be a need to raise capital through an initial public offering on Nigeria’s stock exchange. Africa's mobile ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Netflix About To Launch Interactive TV shows

Netflix streaming service will be rolling out specials that will let viewers choose their desired storyline in a TV episode or movie. The first of these projects is expected to be released by the end of this year. In one ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Kwesé To Broadcast Petrolex Kanu Cup 2018

Kwese has purchased the rights to broadcast the coverage of The Kanu Heart Foundation and Masters Football’s fundraiser, Petrolex Kanu Cup 2018 this week. African soccer legends and Premier League Masters will be taking each other in the charity soccer ...


Content Services  |  AfricaXP and SES Launch New Free-To-Air TV Bouquet In Nigeria

The African digital content distributor, AfricaXP has launched Premium.Free, a bouquet of 13 channels that are being provided using SES Satellites. The new bouquet of FTA channels is made up of a lot of different types of contents, namely, movies, ...


Pay TV  |  Old DStv Decoders To Be Replaced As New Channels Come Online

MultiChoice recently announced that it is launching its first channel to be broadcast on high-band frequencies, using the company’s new DStv satellite launched in 2016. Because this new channel is broadcast on high-band frequencies and most older decoders and installations ...


Broadband  |  Gabon: Optical Fiber Accessible Through Canal-box

Vivendi Africa Gabon (GVA) has recently launched its very high-speed internet offers in Libreville and the rest of Gabon. Mamadou Mbengue, CEO of Canal + Gabon expressed that the standardisation of access to optical fiber with the arrival of ” ...


Content Services  |  Adom TV Introduces Children’s Music Show "Nsromma" In Ghana

Adom TV introduced a brand new children’s music reality show NSROMMA in Ghana. As from October 7, 2018, Ghana will be displaying the talent of Ghanaian children drawn from all over the country through music. Nsromma is a talent competition ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  SABC May Get In Trouble With South Africa's Watchdog

The Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) is holding a public hearing with regards to a complaint lodged by Media Monitoring and Support Public Broadcasting Coalition against the SABC. The charge stems from an interview on SABC 3’s Real Talk with ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Ditches Sony Channel And Sony MAX

MultiChoice is ditching Sony Max and The Sony Channel from its DStv satellite pay-TV bouquet at the end of October after choosing not to renew the channel's carriage contract with Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN). When asked by industry press ...


Music and Entertainment  |  Nigeria: COSON Operating License To Remain Suspended

Mr Afam Ezekude, the Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has reiterated that the license of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has been and shall remain suspended until further notice. Ezekude was responding to recent social media statements made by ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Downsizes Unfunded Digital TV's Dream For DTT

As the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) falls deeper into financial disaster, the broadcaster is cutting down its envisioned digital TV channels collection from eighteen to just a possible nine. SABC executives together with the SABC board told parliament in ...


Pay TV  |  DStv To Put An End To Its Mobile TV service

MultiChoice has announced that on 31 October 2018 its DStv Mobile service will be ending. DStv Mobile TV was launched in 2010 allowing users to gain access to DStv on their phones, laptops, or tablets via a Drifta mobile decoder. ...


Entertainment and Media  |  Kwesé iflix and Clickatell Transact Allys For Streaming Entertainment In Nigeria

Millions of Nigerian subscribers will be offered the best line-up of news, sports and entertainment, via the Kwesé iflix platform, as a result of the collaborative alliance between Clickatell Transact, Kwese iflix, GT Bank and other leading banks in Nigeria. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigerian Copyrights Commission Accuses TV Stations of Theft

After a surveillance visit to the transmission site in Kaduna, Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) said there is a possibility that it might shut down ABG Communications and QQTV Digital Satellite Station because of piracy and illegal broadcast of foreign television ...


 |  SABC's Possible Imminent Collapse Due To Non-Payment Of TV Licence

Pinky Kekana, South Africa’s Deputy Communications Minister, has requested that South Africans start paying their TV licenses to save the SABC from complete financial disintegration. Kekana made her emotional plea on Tuesday, before Parliament’s communications committee. The Deputy Minister said ...


TV Rights  |  Trace Urban and Trace Sports Stars Are Being Offered For Free On Iflix

The SVOD platform Iflix has agreed to a partnership with TRACE, a youth media afro-urban entertainment channel, to provide two of its channels for free to iflix users globally. This collaborative effort is aimed at iflix’s younger audience. iflix has ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Comcast’s Stages A More Than $US40Billion Response To Netflix

Since the whirlwind rise of Netflix jump-started the online-TV revolution, media executives have been conflicted about how to respond. These executives have been wondering if it is better to own must-see programming or the conduits that deliver it to millions ...


Telecom  |  MTN Operating Licence Will Be Renewed In Uganda - UCC

Uganda Communications Commission will reinstate the operating licence of the local unit of the MTN Group, a South African telecom company, albeit coming with “new stricter terms.” According to Mr Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda's Minister of ICT, MTN was given the ...


Investments  |  United Kingdom: Comcast Beats 21st Century Fox For Sky

Comcast, The American pay-TV operator, has put in a bid higher than that of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox in a blind auction to take over Sky. The auction was held on Saturday, and the two telecommunications giants had been ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Invests $220m Into The Nigerian Economy, Pays $US25 Millon In Tax

StarTimes Invests $220m Into The Nigerian Economy, Pays $US25 Millon In Tax The Chinese direct-to-home Pay-TV service, StarTimes said it had invested over $220 million in Nigeria, in the last eight years to enrich the country’s television viewing experience and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa - Hlaudi Motsoeneng Will Not Be Getting His Old Job Back At The SABC

Last Thursday, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the former SABC chief operating officer (COO) finally lost his bid to get his job back at the state broadcaster. The Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) dismissed Motsoeneng’s bid to be reinstated in ...


Content Services  |  Disney Africa To Launch Mickey The "True Original" Campaign In SA

In honour of the nine decades of Mickey Mouse and his legacy, character and position as a pop-culture icon, Disney Africa will be launching their Mickey the True Original campaign. The 18 November 2018 will symbolises 90 years since Mickey ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Exposed In Dodgy Dealings Controversy In Ghana

Ghana and other African countries have sold out their public broadcasting systems to China through very similar dubious deals with Chinese pay-TV company, StarTimes - so says influential industry watchers. The betrayal in Ghana has happened through allowing direct Chinese ...


Pay TV  |  Naspers To Spin-Off MultiChoice And List It On The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

Africa's most prominent TV services operator, MultiChoice, may soon be a public company in its own right, as plans are already afoot for it to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). According to industry sources, Naspers, the principal ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Delivering Growth In The Last Mile - The SES ELEVATE Programme Accelerating DTH Growth On The Ground

For any business, the last mile is critical, as that final leg of customer delivery can make or break a customer relationship. At the same time, it offers a promising space to explore new opportunities, as has happened with the ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Netflix Is Finally Paying Attention To Africa’s Largest Movie Industry - Nollywood.

The global streaming service, Netflix, is investing US$8 billion in Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry - according to several industry sources. Netflix is reportedly buying worldwide rights to the first-ever original Nigerian film, Lionheart - a comedy starring some of Nollywood’s ...


Industry Meeting  |  Nigeria: Broadcasters, Advertisers And Media Marketers To Parley On Advertising And The Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and key industry partners in Nigeria are staging a 2-day industry forum to review the evolution and future of advertising and media marketing in the evolving landscape of the digital broadcasting ecosystem in Nigeria.   Advertising ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  MultiChoice (South Africa) Under Pressure As DStv Platform Struggles - Looks To Cut Jobs

Up to 200 employees face the risk of losing their jobs at Multichoice, South Africa due to the effects of increased competition in the video entertainment industry. The Sunday Times (a leading South African newspaper) reports that South Africa’s leading ...


Sports Rights  |  SABC Secures Live Broadcast Rights To Some English Premier League Matches

The South Africa Broadcaster Corporation (SABC) has announced that it has secured the rights to live broadcasts of some of the games of the prestigious English Premier League (EPL). What this means that EPL fans in South Africa can now ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  South Africa: Cell C's Black Video Streaming Gaining Ground And Market Share

Cell C's video streaming platform seems to be gaining popularity in South Africa. According to data released for the last quarter (by the company), indications are that it is experiencing huge upwards swing in subscribers to the service on a ...


Appointment  |  Naspers Chooses Industry Veteran, Niclas Ekdahl, To Head New Streaming Video Unit

In a fight-back bid against Netflix's encroachment into its business in Africa, Naspers - who are the owners of Multichoice/DStv platform - has announced the appointment of a new head for its Showmax and DStv Now streaming platforms. Mr Niclas ...


Digital TV  |  SES Sees Escalating Digital TV Growth Across Africa!

Africa has been dubbed the land of opportunities and the proliferation of technology across the continent is playing a major role in the growth of digital TV. While the global technology players would previously manage operations from abroad, now they ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Is The Financial Crisis At The SABC Deepening?

The Johannesburg (South Africa) based City Press newspaper recently published an updated report of the state of financial affairs at the South African public broadcasters - the South African Broadcasters Corporation (SABC). According to City Press, the institution is currently ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Seeking To Gain Market Share - Offers Free Viewing In August

Startimes Nigeria has insisted that it would not be joining the clamour for subscription price increases in the Nigerian pay-TV market. According to Mr Quasim Elegbede, Startimes Nigeria Brands and Marketing Director, the recent price rises that DStv customers are ...


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa: SABC Confirms It Will No Longer Broadcast Offer PSL Matches On Radio

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has said that, following its failure to reach a workable agreement with the South African Premier Soccer League, it will no longer be broadcasting any PSL matches 'Live' on any of its radio stations. ...


Connectivity  |  Google Join Other Partners To Provide Free WiFi In Nigeria, Rest of Africa

Global Internet behemoth, Google, has announced that it will be helping resolve the connectivity challenges that most African countries face. At a recent event in Lagos, Nigeria, Google made it known that it has finalised plans to offer around 200 ...


Content Services  |  South Africa Gets Its First Digital and Audio-Visual Content Hub

The newly launched digital content hub known as Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is an incubator of innovative and creative audio-visual content, that is founded by the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Sees Viewers Peak As FIFA World Cup Games Advances

MultiChoice has revealed that it experienced an increase in the number of users on its streaming platform, DSTV Now app in June which was five times higher than a year ago. Among the contents that are offered to viewers, live ...


Broadcasting Services  |  DStv Subscribers Gets SuperSport For Free

South Africa's MultiChoice has announced that from 13-31 July 2018, DStv customers on DStv Access, Family, Compact, and Compact Plus customers will receive access to all 13 SuperSport channels at no extra charge. MultiChoice said this two-day promotion was its ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Netflix Is Seeking Local Heroes In South Africa

Popular streaming service Netflix will soon begin the streaming of a new hero series titled "A love letter to Heroes and Culture" inspired by an American Web series titled Luke Cage, a production of leading entertainment powerhouse, Marvel Studios.   ...


Connectivity  |  MTN, Vodacom Urges SA To Begin Immediate Use Of 5G Networks

Leading Telecommunications firm, MTN and South African Mobile Communications Company Vodacom have warned that unless the government ensures that 5G spectrum is released quickly, South Africa will find itself for the first time completely left behind at the release of ...


Content Services  |  Scoop Network To Reach Africans With Localised Contents On Kwesé TV

Programming contents from the new Scoop Network would include music, fashion, light entertainment magazines, celebrity news, and movie. As an accurate representation of the African continent, the channel will engage their viewers with fully localised contents and voice-overs done by ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Introduces PBS Kids Content For Summer Holidays

As the summer season begins and kids go on break, MultiChoice's DSTV has added kids content from America's PBS Kids to its DStv Catch Up service as part of its DStv Now streaming service with plans to make it available ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: The Future Of SABC News Channel On DStv Is Still Unkown

Some heavy dust has been raised in the broadcasting sector in South Africa as Multichoice's DSTV is letting go of the rebranded AfroWorld View, and surprisingly, the country public broadcaster, SABC News as both organisations have not signed a new ...


Regulation  |  ICASA To Make More Room For pay-TV Operators In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that says that it would give ease of access to players into the pay-TV market in the country despite objections from the dominant cum leading pay-tv firm MultiChoice. The national ...


Industry Meeting  |  Content Creation and Financing Is The Focus As SADC Broadcasters Convene In South Africa

The Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) is bringing together content and programmes executives from across the region and beyond on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th Johannesburg to discuss critical issues surrounding the development, financing and monetisation of broadcasters content in ...


Regulation  |  Tanzania: TCRA Sanctions Radio Stations For Violating Content Regulations

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) through its content committee has slapped Family Radio, RASI FM and Dar es Salaam-based Magic FM with a fine of TZS 6 million for breaching content regulations. The Content Committee Vice-Chairman of TCRA, Joseph ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Implores ICASA To Soft-Pedal With Pay-TV Regulation

The CEO of Multichoice South Africa, Mr Calvo Mawela has again alerted that DStv, as a satellite pay-TV service, was running on 'borrowed'. He said that over-regulating the pay-TV marketplace would hand business to international behemoths like Netflix and Amazon ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: ONTAPtv.com Goes Quiet

Viewers of ONTAPtv.com, an on-demand video channel by Hong Kong-based telecommunications provider, PCCW Global can no longer have access to content provided by the streaming platform, and they are asking why? ONTAPtv.com, when it launched in September 2015 with 2500 ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: CPC And NCC Collaborates To Protect Telecom Subscribers

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) together with Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has joined forces to investigate the practices of call masking in the country. NCC's Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta who spoke at the meeting between both government ...


TV Rights  |  It's France Vs China As StarTimes Joins West Africa's TV Market

Players in the pay-tv industry in Africa see a tug of war for media supremacy between France and China through the Canal + and Startimes respectively. It was observed that a few months after Chinese media company StarTimes entered Ivory ...


Content Services  |  EbonyLife TV Moves To StarTimes, Ends Exclusivity with DSTV

Entertainment-focused Channel, EbonyLife TV in a bid to expand globally, has announced that from August 1, 2018, its channel will begin broadcasting on the Chinese owned StarTimes Network (Satellite 191 and Digital Terrestrial 107), bringing an end to its exclusive ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  South Africa Is Ready To Implement Digital Radio Transmission - Communications Minister

South Africa's Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced to all broadcast media stakeholders that she will issue a policy directive to the country's media regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), in the next few weeks to hasten the ...


Content Services  |  DStv Makes Plan Remove EbonyLife TV From Southern Africa Region Bouquet

Following the result of poor viewership, MultiChoice has announced that it would remove EbonyLife TV channel - owned by media mogul Mo Abudu - from its South Africa Bouquet from the end of June 2018. This move comes less than ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN In Suspense Over NCC's Decision To Review Visafone Licence

The plans of leading telecommunications company MTN Nigeria to acquire Visafone's license, frequencies and subscribers, has been suspended by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to enable the commission to examine the acquisition more closely. The network regulator released a statement, ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: NCC Introduces Spectrum Acquisition Palliatives To Encourage Emerging Telecom Operators

The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) through the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, has disclosed that new measures have been approved to accommodate all telecom operators in the country. According to the Prof Danbatta: "There are palliatives for spectrum, reduction ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  MTN, StarTimes Allies To Launch TV App in Uganda

Leading telecoms operator MTN Uganda has announced its collaboration with the Chinese owned pay-tv company, StarTimes Uganda to offer special promotional MTN TV bundles for viewers to watch StarTimes channels for as low as $0.51 US (for two hours) and ...


Industry Meeting  |  African Leaders Confers At Startimes 4th Forum Of China-Africa Media Cooperation

Beijing, China hosted about 400 delegates and senior government officials from 42 African countries at the fourth Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation to improve media cooperation and exchange between China and Africa as well as boost the development of China-Africa ...


Content Services  |  The Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel Launches On DSTV

Wednesday 18 July Marks the 100th birthday of legendary statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner late Nelson Mandela and to join the world in celebrating one of the world's most respected leader, DSTV will be launching a pop-up channel, "Mandela ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Entry for Multichoice Talent Factory Academy Draws Near

Leading pay-tv company, Multichoice has announced that entries for its Multichoice Talent Factory Academy would close at 6 pm on Thursday, 5 July 2018. According to Multichoice, thousands of entries have been pouring in from different parts of Africa giving ...


Digital TV  |  Zambia: StarTimes Plans To Execute Digital TV Initiative In Zambia

Zambia has entered into a partnership with Chinese owned StarTimes to launch a  digital television project which will give 500 villages in the nation access to satellite tv services. With plans to be completed at the end of 2018 this ...


Appointment  |  South Africa Choose Aldred Dreyer To Lead In DTT Project

The Minster of Communications South Africa, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced the appointment of media and communication expert, Aldred Dreyer to manage, execute and complete the delayed Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) project.  The new appointee who is also an executive ...


Content Services  |  Kwese Iflix and 9Mobile In A Digital Entertainment Deal In Nigeria

Kwesé iflix - a recent Joint Venture of Econet Media and Iflix - has announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria with the 4th largest network provider, 9mobile. At the ceremony, CEO Kwesé iflix, Mayur Patel, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Group To Introduce New Products In Namibia

Giant telecoms provider MTN has announced plans to introduce new services in Namibia by August 2018. According to MTN Namibia Executive, Hester Marais, MTN will be using Namibia’s state-owned network for its services, with further plans to also make its ...


Appointment  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster - SABC - Appoints New Group CEO And CFO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the appointment of a new Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO) in the person of Madoda Mxakwe; as well as a new Chief Financial Officer, Yolande van Biljon. The new executives who ...


Broadcast Rights  |  MultiChoice Ghana Stops Local TV From Unauthorised Broadcast Of 2018 FIFA World Cup

MultiChoice Ghana - the operators of DStv, GOtv and agents of SuperSport International, has secured a court injunction against Nour Vision the operators of Fly TV from the unauthorised broadcasting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country. Multichoice ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Concerned About Rapid Decline Of DStv Premium Subscribers

Global media and entertainment group, Naspers has published its financial report for the year ended 31 March 2018, which shows a massive decline in the premium subscription of MultiChoice’s DStv. According to the report, over the last year, subscribers on ...


Content Services  |  Iflix Signs SVOD Licensing Deal With Pop-Culture Company

Iflix has announced a "ground-breaking 10 video series" content partnership with American based media platform for youth culture, Complex Networks, to create localised versions of world-class proven content formats. Some of these shows that would be localised and distributed include ...


Video-On-Demand  |  SA Study Indicates More Pressure On Pay-TV Due To SVOD Players

A GfK ViewScape study has published data which shows that, in South Africa, younger subscribers are turning away from the linear TV, as well as pay TV, in favour of SVOD alternatives - bringing into focus how much market share ...


Content Services  |  Apple, Sesame Street Collaborate To Develop Kids’ Programming

Premium technology company, Apple Inc. has teamed up with Sesame Workshop, a not for profit organisation operated by Sesame Street,  to create a new generation of worldwide kids’ programming. The contents of the workshop which promises to be wholly original ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Nigeria Gets More Movie Streaming Platforms

Film Makers in Nigeria are raising concerns at the way at poor internet connections, and intense competition is posing as obstacles to the growth of the industry as they make efforts to create a local African rival to Netflix. These ...


Telecom  |  Ethiopia Plans To Sell Stakes Of National Telcom

The government of Ethiopia's has announced its decision to open up its telecoms market to international investors. The country's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed who made this announcement said that 5 percent of the equity in each company would be opened ...


Connectivity  |  Amazon Launches Cloud Services In Africa

Giant e-commerce company, Amazon has launched what it calls two new "Edge" locations in Johannesburg, South Africa and another in Bangalore, India with the aim of expanding its global CloudFront content delivery network (CDN). To bolster digital infrastructure in Africa ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Government Votes Against Changing Botswana TV

Botswana's Vice-President, Mompati Merafhe has told Parliament that converting the Department of Information and Broadcasting Services (DIBS) from state to public media is not negotiable as it would depict the present administration with a dim view. Merafhe stressed that "DIBS ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Introduces Talent Factory For Young FilmMakers Across Africa

MultiChoice Africa, has announced MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), a new Pan-African social investment initiative focused on making Africa’s creative industries as vibrant as it can be. MTF is a 12-month long filmmaking boot camp where students will go through an ...


Regulation  |  South Africa: Johannesburg High Court Orders ICASA Against New Data Rules

A South African high court has made a ruling that the country's communications regulator,  the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) could not implement the planned data regulations surrounding out-of-bundle (OOB) billing and rollover data. These regulations will thus ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kwesé And WorldRemit Enters Partnership Commitment

Digital Money Transfer Service, WorldRemit, has signed a partnership with Pan-African broadcaster Kwesé TV to use the game of football to scale up its global operations and help more people save money on international transfers. As a result of this ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Vision 4 Channel To Launch In Togo

Cameroun based television channel Vision 4 will be entering the Togolese market. The introduction of Vision 4 in Togo continues the process of exporting the channel to the continent's audiovisual landscape. According to the owner, Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga "We have ...


Regulation  |  Nigeria: NCC May Introduce Regulatory Framework For Over-The-Top (OTT) Services

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) has published a report on the benefits and challenges of OTT services in Nigeria suggesting that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), should set up a regulatory framework to control Over-the-top (OTT) technology services. The telecommunications ...


Media Statement  |  SES Reaches Thirty Million TV Homes Across Africa!

According to the Satellite Monitor study, world-leading satellite operator SES has expanded its reach in Africa and now delivers TV channels to 30 million TV homes in the region, broadcasting directly to satellite homes and feeding terrestrial networks.   The ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Government Accused Of Using SABC To Promote Political Agenda

South Africa's opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed a complaint against the SABC for allowing its platform to be used to carry out irresponsible political point scoring instead of communicating government’s work. The DA believes that as a result, ...


TV Rights  |  PRIME Television Partners With Kwese For Broadcast Rights To Russia 2018

Kwese has offered a sub-license to PRIME TV a local TV in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia to televise the world's most recognised Football tournament. While speaking in Lusaka during the signing ceremony, the Managing Director for Prime TV Gerald ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: State Broadcaster NTA Hits 1.3 Million Views in Africa

Research Company, GeoPoll has released a study in which State-owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), has been recorded with the highest TV viewership of the currently running 2018 FIFA World Cup. GeoPoll is considered a leading research company that provides research ...


ICT  |  ITSO Elects South African ICT Minister As Chairperson

For the first time, South Africa would be chairing the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO) as its Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, becomes the elected chairperson. The elections took place recently at the ITSO 38th Assembly of Parties ...


Content Services  |  SABC New Drama "Uselwa" To Be Suspended Amidst Allegations

The production of an epic new Zulu historical series, Uselwa, may now be suspended after the resignation of its line producer Megan Firth and a revolt of the cast and crew against its executive producer Mkhomazi Mashinini. On Thursday night, ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Lawmakers Orders The 'Expulsion' of Samsung Chief Executive

Samsung Managing Director Mr Young Ho Jo has been expelled from Nigeria back to South Korea for entering the country without accurate documentation, it is being reported. The Nigerian Senate ordered the removal of Mr Young Ho Jo, after the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  "We Won't Share Our Database with Anyone" Multichoice Tells SABC

Multichoice South Africa has forewarned the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) not to interfere with its consumer database information and to find other ways of generating ideas to solve thier financial problem. The response came from Multichoice after it has ...


Broadcasting Services  |  New $100 million TV and Radio Broadcast Stations To Be Built By China In South Sudan.

According to the Director-General of the South Sudan’s Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) James Magok, the South Sudan government signed a memorandum of agreement with the Chinese government to build a modern broadcasting facility in South Sudan. The SSBC Director said “It ...


Content Services  |  Cartoon Network in Collaboration With Gulli To Make Animation In Africa Accessible

Kids across Africa should get a bump in content as the the world largest cartoon providers Gulli will be collaboration with Cartoon Network. A statement by Gulli stated said it has has acquired an animated TV series by Togo’s Ingrid ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Former SABC's COO Seeks Reinstatement As Chief Executive

The former COO of SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng has appeared at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)  to challenge his unfair dismissal by the SABC. At the hearing, the introduction of a 90 per cent quota for local content ...


Connectivity  |  Eutelsat's Satellite Fleets To Carry 5,500 Hours Of HD Content For Russia 2018

As preparations are on top gear for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, Eutelsat has announced that it currently has satellite capacity bookings for the equivalent of 5,500 hours of ad-hoc HD programming from several TV channels and service ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN Looking To Sell Some 30 Percent Share Capital To The Public

Reports are indicating that the leading mobile network operator, MTN Nigeria, may sell about 30 percent ordinary shares to Nigerians in a much-awaited initial public offering (IPO). Interested parties in the IPO indicated that MTN Nigeria could sell the said ...


TV Rights  |  Egypt Acquires Rights To Broadcast 22 World Cup Games On National TV

The World Cup frenzy is at its peak, and Egypt and FIFA has finally agreed that 22 of the 64 World Cup games will be aired on its National TV. This decision finally came through after the talks between both ...


Content Services  |  Ghanaians To Watch Russia 2018 Games On The Go On StarTimes App

StarTimes Ghana is offering Ghanaians the opportunity to enjoy the World Cup games anytime and anywhere by officially launching "ON SPORT" its App video streaming service ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. During the launch of the new service, ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Ghana: GBC, Metro TV And Kwese Partner To Broadcast the 2018 World Cup

As the world countdown to the most anticipated global spots event, Ghana Television (GTV) has entered into a partnership with Metro TV and Kwesé TV for the terrestrial rights (Free to Air) to the 2018 World Cup. According to the ...


Industry Expos  |  South Africa: Limpopo To Host First-Ever Summit For Young Filmmakers

In response to the call by the President of South Africa to address the menace of unemployment in the country, especially among the youths, the International Film Festival and Inside Education have partnered to host a summit for Young FilmMakers ...


Broadcast Rights  |  CAF Ready To Fight Against Piracy Of Football's Broadcasting Rights

Africa's football governing body, CAF, issues a warning on Tuesday against any practice of infringement on the broadcasting rights held by beIN Sports, a Qatari-owned network. The Sports channel has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast CAF competitions, as well ...


Connectivity  |  Angola Prepares For Angosat-2 After First Failed Attempt

Not long after Angola’s first telecom satellite - Angosat-1 - failed soon after reaching orbit, the country is already implementing activities that will help them get a second shot at satellite ownership with the planned launch of Angosat-2 in the ...


Advertising  |  South Africa: Brands Spent R45 Billion On Advertising 2017/18 - Neilsen Study

Nielsen South Africa Watch (Media) has published a study which indicates that in 2018, the South African market experienced an investment of R45-billion from brands spend on advertising and sponsorships. Managing Director, Nielson Terry Murphy who was speaking at a ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Kwesé And Safaricom Partner To Provide Kenyans Live Feed Of 2018 World Cup Games

Smartphone users in Kenya now have the opportunity to stream the fast approaching Russia World Cup matches on the Kwesé iflix platform anywhere, anytime on their devices thanks to the launch of Giga Football Passes a unique data bundle by ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  South Africa: SABC TV Goes HD As Russia 2018 Draws Near!

With the World Cup fever now spreading across different nations in the world, South Africa has decided not to be left behind as South Africa's national broadcaster SABC1, and SABC3 has finally switched its TV channels from Standard Definition (SD) ...


Broadcasting Services  |  StarTimes Says It Now Has 3 Million Subscribers In Nigeria

Chinese owned subscriber TV company, Startimes has announced that it has hit three million subscriptions in Nigerian across the country’s six geopolitical regions. Public Relations Director Mr William Masy, StarTimes Overseas said: "Nigeria always has represented the largest market for ...


Film and Cinema  |  What You Need To Know About Classifications Of Movies and TV Content In South Africa

The Film and Publication Board (FPB), is the content-classification and censorship authority in South Africa that has the responsibility of registering and classifying media contents (terrestrial and digital) in the country. For a start, before distributing media contents like a ...


Content Services  |  Cartoon Network Seeks New Animation Talents From Africa

In order to reinforce the local relevance of its brand, leading entertainment network for kids, Cartoon Network Africa has announced the introduction of their new initiative called "Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab", an African project designed to bring innovative, local ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana: Metro TV Under Closed By Taxman For USD490,000 Tax Default

The Debt Management Compliance Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has sealed media company, Metro TV for not paying its taxes worth GH¢2.3 million as at when due. It is being reported. The Assistant Commissioner for GRA's Public ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SES Boasts Of 3.3 million TV Home Reach In Tanzania

SES has released a report through its annual market survey - Satellite Monitor - which indicates that SES distributes TV channels to 3.3 million homes in Tanzania. It is being reported as a milestone for the company. Results from the ...


Telecom  |  Uganda: MTN Receives License Renewal Conditions

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has released a policy which states that for MTN Uganda to renew its licence, it must widen its current 4G coverage in urban areas and cover all other areas with 3G. The leading telecom provider ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Amazon Video Acquires English Premier League Streaming Rights For 3 Years

Amazon Video Acquires English Premier League Streaming Rights For 3 Years The English Premier League and tech giant Amazon.com has announced that from 2019, exclusive and live matches including weekly highlights will be available on Amazon's Prime Video platform in ...


Content Services  |  Universal TV Introduces New All-Female Crime Drama In South Africa

NBC Universal International Networks’ general entertainment brand, Universal TV, has acquired exclusive television rights to air, in Africa, the crime drama titled "The Detail", from Entertainment One (eOne). The show was first shown exclusively on Universal TV on DStv. This ...


Pay TV  |  Uganda: UCC Raises Pay-TV Licence To USD25,000 (Shs 95 Million)

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued a new licencing regime for pay-TV service providers scrapping the disputed Shs550m the regulator had imposed at the start of the year. However, pay TV services providers rejected the proposal sparking a war of ...


Entertainment and Media  |  UK Entertainment And Media Sector To Grow By USD 10.76 Billion Growth By 2022 - PWC Report

PwC has released its latest Global Entertainment & Media (E&M) Outlook 2018-2022 which forecasts that the Entertainment And Media Industry in the UK would grow by almost USD 11 billion over the next four years, making the UK the second ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Introduces Video Streaming Service Ahead Of Russia 2018

One of Africa’s largest pay-TV service provider, StarTimes is launching a video streaming App which will enable Nigerians to Subscribe to "ON Sport" to watch all 64 World Cup matches Live and in HD.  According to the company, from 7th ...


Appointment  |  Countdown To AMVCA 2018, Debbie Odutayo Announced As Head Judge

Africa Magic has announced the appointment of renown filmmaker, Deborah Odutayo popularly called “Debbie”, as Head Judge of the anticipated sixth edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, September 1, 2018. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: AfroWorld View Owner "Confident" Of DSTV Channel Listing

Mzwanele Manyi, the owner of the new Afro World View Channel, formerly known as ANN7 news, has expressed "quiet confidence" that the channel, in which Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter is a shareholder, has what it takes to hold its spot on ...


Appointment  |  MultiChoice Names Kenyan Stephen Isaboke As Head Of All Units Across Africa

Subscriber TV firm, MultiChoice Africa has appointed a Kenyan, Stephen Isaboke, to run the affairs of units of its company across the continent. The newly appointed Isaboke whose base will be in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  joined MultiChoice Africa in ...


Content Services  |  DStv Introduces Africa's First Live TV Shopping Channel

DSTV is reported to be launching the first Shopping Channel in Africa channel titled, TV Mall . Presenters and product experts will offer information and educate viewers on a wide range of shopping choices from fashion to furniture, technology, toys, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SES Now Serves 2.7 Million TV Homes In Uganda - According To A Study!

Leading satellite operator, SES  through its annual market research study known as Satellite Monitor has released a report which indicates that SES now transmits TV channels to 2.7 million TV homes in Uganda. The study which was conducted for the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC News Rebrands With An Editorial Identity Defined By Social Consciousness

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the rebranding of SABC News programming across its TV, radio and online platforms with the aim of keeping up with the dynamic broadcast landscape and emerging digital opportunities. South Africa's premier broadcaster ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: ECWA Church Unveils TV Station To Spread The Good News

The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has added a television broadcast station to its portfolio in Jos with the aim of advancing the course of evangelism and propagation of spiritual messages to its teaming worshipers in Nigeria and other parts ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Survey Shows Kenyans Consume Video Contents For Over Six Hours Daily

Consumer Market Research Firm GFK has published the result of a survey conducted in Kenya which indicates that  97 percent of Kenyan adults who have access to the Internet are using some form of online service, with nearly two-thirds paying ...


Connectivity  |  Zimbabwe: ICT Minister Calls For Additional Spectrum For Africa

Zimbabwe would like more spectrum to support growth for its broadcast and Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector. This declaration was made by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Engineer Sam Kundishora while speaking ...


Industry Expos  |  South Africa: Durban FilmMart Announces 2018 Festival For African Filmmakers

Africa is set to hold the 9th edition of its leading film industry events known as the Durban FilmMart (DFM), from 20 to 23 July 2018 in Durban, South Africa. According to Head of the Durban Film Office, Toni Monty: ...


Content Services  |  Kwese TV Unveils Kwese Play and Kwese iFlix Apps In Zimbabwe

Kwesé TV has announced the launch of two applications, Kwesé Play TV and Kwesé iFlix to strengthen its presence in the broadcast space ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. According to Econet, operator of Kwese TV, both apps will ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Communications Minister To Ask USAASA Off Digital Migration Project

South Africa's Communications Ministry through its leadership, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has issued a directive to the effect that the communications ministry will no longer deal with digital migration or procurement of Set Top Boxes (STBs) through the USAASA. According to ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Nigeria: Linda Ikeji, Renowed Blogger, To Launch Online TV Platform

The new Linda Ikeji TV, an online streaming service, has launched with the hope becoming the leader in African online video content just like its blog did in the blogging world. On the new channel, viewers and lovers of the ...


Content Services  |  Facebook To Introduce 'Watch', A News Video Streaming Platform To Combat Fake News

Facebook is planning to launch an exclusive "News shows" for its video platform to be called "Watch".  It will likely include contents from Fox News and CNN and will be financed by the social media company. The new News programs ...


Connectivity  |  SES O3b Satellites Geared To Provide Access To Underserved Communities

Globally recognised Satellite operator, SES has announced its readiness to provide increased capacity across the world through its expanded O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation. The constellation of Ka-band satellites orbits at approximately 8,000 km from planet Earth which is ...


Pay TV  |  South Africa: Survey Result on DStv Shows People Still Subscribe Despite Its Offerings

After much dust has been raised over the issue of taxing OTT TV and VOD by MultiChoice a survey conducted by MyBroadband on DStv and Netflix has revealed that many people still subscribe to DStv. According to MyBroadband, a total ...


Content Services  |  Liberia: Kwesé Launches TV Services In Partnership With Orange

Econet Media's Kwesé TV will be entering the Liberian through its distribution deal with telecoms provider, Orange Liberia, says reliable industry reports. According to Kwesé's Group Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Hundah: “With the launch of our pay-TV service last year, ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Cell C Enters Roaming Partnership Deals With MTN

The South African mobile company, Cell C has announced it has entered into a "far-reaching roaming agreement" with Africa's telecoms giant MTN with an aim to complement its high-quality network. According to Cell C's CEO, Jose Dos Santos, “We conducted ...


Connectivity  |  Nigeria: NigComSat Implements Technology To Boost E-Learning In Schools

Nigerian Communications Satellite company, NIGCOMSAT has announced that it has commenced the implementation of satellite-enabled connectivity solutions for e-Learning facilities for Nigerian schools. NigComSat is seeking to further partner with relevant stakeholders to deploy internet connectivity not only Nigeria but ...


Telecom  |  Ghana: MTN To Raise About $750 Million In Initial Purchase Offer (IPO)

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Supports Advancement In Artificial Intelligence (AI) Skills

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


Content Services  |  Cartoon Network Returns Toya Delazy In "The Powerpuff Girls" To African Screens

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


Advertising  |  Kwesé Signs Major Advertising Gigs Ahead Of FIFA World Cup 2018

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


Content Services  |  GHOne TV Introduces Cooking Show For Kids In Ghana

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


Connectivity  |  Uganda: UCC Wants Connectivity For All, Partners With Intelsat

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


Telecom  |  Angola To Experience A Boost In Mobile Subscriber Penetration

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


Radio Broadcasting  |  Nigeria: Rebranded 102.3 Max FM Clinches No.1 Music Station In Lagos

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


Free-To-Air TV  |  Kwesé TV Brings 2018 FIFA World Cup For Free To Malawi

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Kwese Signs Former Chelsea's Midfielder John Mikel Obi As brand Ambassador

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


Sports Rights  |  Ball-By-Ball Commentary As BBC Radio Gets Cricket World Cup 2019 Rights

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


Telecom  |  The DRC Mobile Operators In A 4G Rollout Race

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


Pay TV  |  South Africa: Subscribers Still Can't Choose Their Preferred Channels On DSTV

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


Content Services  |  Tastemade Joins YouTube TV And Available To South Africans

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: Tottenham FC's Victor Wanyama Becomes DSTV SuperSports Ambassador

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


Connectivity  |  South Africa: ICASA Prepares For 5G Networks; Hosts The 5G Huddle!

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


Connectivity  |  Camtel And SatADSL In Alliance To Expand BroadBand Service In Cameroon

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


Telecom  |  South Africa: MTN Checks Out Huawei Technologies To Solve Spectrum Challenge

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Is Adding Exciting New Channel To Its Bouquet

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: NBC Shuts Down Reach FM With Linked A Politician

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


Broadcasting Tech  |  SES Demonstrates The First Ever Broadcast Of 8K Television

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


Broadcasting Tech  |  Ghana: PlayBox Technology Help Upgrade Citi TV To A New HD Channel

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: eMedia Group Suffer A USD128 Million Loss, Blames Tough Economic Conditions

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


Telecom  |  Vodacom Tanzania Seeking Better Revenue Opportunities

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


Connectivity  |  Comsol, Samsung And Verizon Collaborates To Bring 5G To South Africa

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


Content Services  |  Kwese Free Sports Partners With NTV To Bring FIFA World Cup To Kenyans

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


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: Cell C's 'Black' To Compete With Netflix With Its Local Content Advantage

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


Content Services  |  BON Works With Kwese Free Sports To Bring Live World Cup Matches To Nigeria

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


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: Cell C’s Black Is Convinced OTT Platforms Are No Threat To Broadcasters' Jobs

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


Connectivity  |  SES Expands It's Commitment To Global Disaster Relief Efforts

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


Content Services  |  M-Net Announces New Epic African Series

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


Content Services  |  Kwesé TV and TBC Partners To Bring The 2018 FIFA World Cup To Tanzanians

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


Broadcasting Services  |  ZBC Plans To Launch Security Service Channel During Digital Switchover

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


Telecom  |  Vodacom To Offer LTE Services In Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC)

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Zimbabwe: BAZ Grants TelOne License To Operate VOD Service

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: BRCSA Report On TV Shows With The Highest Audiences

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


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom Group Grows Customer Base And Increases Revenue

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile In Muddy Waters For Violating Regulatory Rules On Promotion

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


Advertising  |  e.tv Gets Go Ahead To Show Condom Ads During Scandal TV Programme!

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


Broadcasting Tech  |  Sentech Loses USD 12 Million Yearly Due To Digital TV Delay

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


Content Services  |  Vuclip Launches A Variety Of Ramadan Shows For Viewers In MENA

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


Broadcasting Services  |  StarTimes Supports SOS Children’s Villages For Vulnerable Families In Africa

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Teleology Determined To Succeed in 9mobile Take Over Bid, Releases A 10-Point Agenda

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Malawi: MACRA Instructs Broadcasters To Submit Audited Accounts Or Face Penalty

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


Content Services  |  VIMN Africa And Multichoice's MNet In Collaboration To Produce New Local Contents

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: eTV Operator, eMedia Launches News Focused TV Channel

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


Content Services  |  StarSat Collaborates With SPI International To Launch FilmBox in SA

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


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Plans To Offer Streaming-Only Service From 2019

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe: Broadcasting Authority Bestows Broadcasting Licence To Zimpapers TV

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Why Streaming Services Like Netflix Can't Be Regulated - ICASA

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


Music and Entertainment  |  YouTube Upgrades, Adds Trending Chart Listing Features To Include Kenyan Music

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: MultiChoice Launches World Cup Campaign, Reduces Prices DStv And GOtv Decoders

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


Content Services  |  YouTube Red: Why Is Yet To Be Available In South Africa?

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: The Morning Show Replaces Sunrise On e.tv

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


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa: ANN7 New CEO Is Asking SABC To Pay R144 Million Debt

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA Needs Empirical Evidence That Netflix Is Affecting DStv Revenue

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Free-to-air TV In South Africa In Jeopardy: Broadcaster e.tv Forewarns

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Telcos May Face Sanctions Unless They Publish QoS Performances- NCC

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Broadcasters Calls For A Limit On Pay-TV Advertising Revenue

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


Video-On-Demand  |  iflix Begins Business Operation in Egypt, Aims To Dominate MENA

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Is Concerned About Netflix; Says Thousands of Jobs At Risk

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Telcos May Face Sanctions Unless They Publish QoS Performances- NCC

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Telco Stakeholders Appear Before Nigerian Senate Over Dropped Calls, Others Issues

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


Connectivity  |  Burkina Faso Announces Extension Of The O3b Access Agreement With SES Networks

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


Digital TV  |  South Africa: As Vumatel Rolls Out Across The Country, DStv Market Share Would Dip

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: TVC Collaborates with The BBC To Broadcast African Focused Contents

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


Connectivity  |  South Africa: Vodacom Group CEO Advocates For 5G Spectrum

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


Appointment  |  Fox Networks Group Restructures, Announces New Executive Team In Africa

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


Data Services  |  South Africa: Cell C Shakes Up Industry With Big Streaming Deals To Subscribers

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Multichoice Gives An Estimate Of Number of Subscribers on NetFlix in South Africa

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


Broadcasting Tech  |  Kenya: StarTimes Introduces Pay-Per-View Service, Launches App

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Burundi Suspends Operation of BBC, VOA Ahead of May 17 Referendum

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


Telecom  |  MTN, Africa's Telecom Giant, In USD450 Million Repatriation Problem

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


Music and Entertainment  |  Nigeria: NCC Suspends Operating License Of COSON Over Breach Of Regulation

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe: Econet Acquires Broadcasting License

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


Content Services  |  BBC To Get More Funding Via Adverts On Podcasts Outside UK

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: MultiChoice May Consider Pay-As-You-Watch Television

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Pay TV Players In South Africa Push For Regulation Of Netflix And Amazon

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


Connectivity  |  StakeHolders Discuss How To Realise Shared Spectrum Access At DSA Global Summit 2018

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria, Ghana Stimulates MTN's Quarter One Growth

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: NBC Warns Broadcast Media To Steer Clear Of Divisive Broadcasting

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


Broadcasting Services  |  DStv To Develop "Streaming-Only" Packages

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Uganda: UCC Stops Existing Pay TV Licensing Structure, For A Revised One Within A Week

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


Content Services  |  Orange, Vivendi And Canal Olympia Cinemas Network Partners To Bring More Big Screen To Africa

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


Content Services  |  South Africa: M-Net launches "The Wild Ones" - A Local Wildlife Series

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


Content Services  |  BBC Launches "Africa Eye" - A New Investigative TV Programme For Africa

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Channels TV Joins The International Press Institute As Corporate Member

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenya: Communication Authority Aims For 60 Percent Local Content Programming By 2022.

The Communication Authority (CA) of Kenya through has announced that there is a new goal for all broadcasters to air at least 60 percent local content programming on all their platforms. The Communication Authority says it believes the country can ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria: StarTimes To Broadcast 'Uninterrupted' World Cup Action To Viewers

Chinese owned Pay-TV Company, StarTimes has announced that it will provide all of the exciting experiences of the 64 matches that make up the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup without signal interruption caused by rain, storm or any technical issue. ...


Telecom  |  Nigerian Communications Commission Warns Telcos To Stop Cheating Subscribers

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all service providers in the country to desist from act capable of making communication difficult and unduly expensive for their subscribers. NCC wants operators like MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9Mobile, among others, to ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: NIGCOMSAT And TURKSAT Sign Deal On Satellite Deployment

Nigerian Communication Satellite Company Limited (NIGCOMSAT) and the Turkish Satellite Company (TURKSAT) have come into a partnership understanding that will see to the deployment of satellite solutions across the African continent.  A statement released yesterday by NIGCOMSAT stated that both ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Yahlive Clinches Over 10 Million Viewers In North Africa

Research conducted by Satellite Monitor reports that more than 10 million households across Nothern Africa have their dishes pointed to Yahlive at 52.5 degrees East. Yahlive is a UAE-based satellite joint venture between satellite operator SES and UAE-based satellite operator ...


Appointment  |  Eutelsat Appoints Jean-Claude Tshipama To Oversee Broadband Services in Africa

Eutelsat Communications has named Jean-Claude Tshipama as the head of its broadband services business in Africa thus completing the staffing of its teams in charge of broadband activities in the region. Tshipama’s important responsibility in his new role is to ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Hectic On 3 Debuts On SABC3 For Pre-Teens

SABC 3 has set the stage for a brand-new pre-teen show titled 'Hectic On 3' which will debut on Monday 30 April 2018 and will broadcast from 15h00 to 15h30 every weekday. Hectic On 3 provides young viewers from age ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Senegal: Avid And StudioTech Revamp TV News Production For RTS Senegal

RTS Senegal is experiencing a transformation by standardising their end-to-end news production workflow that can now seamlessly support HD and SD formats in a highly flexible and fast-turnaround environment. RTS, headquartered in Dakar (the capital of Senegal in Africa), was ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Study Shows SES Reaches Over 11 Million TV Homes In Nigeria

A satellite monitor study shows that SES has notably increased its technical reach in Nigeria from 3 million TV homes in 2015 to over 11 million in 2017. According to the study, out of the 11 million TV homes,  3.5 ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Rwanda: US-Owned Gospel Radio Station License Revoked For Disparaging Comments About Women

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has shut down, Amazing Grace Christian Radio, a community Christian radio station for saying women are evil. The radio station that airs religious sermons was shut down after one of its presenters, Nicolas Niyibikora, ...


Appointment  |  SABA Re-Appoints Cecil Nguvauva As Secretary-General

The Southern Africa Broadcasters Association (SABA) the umbrella body that coordinates broadcasting organisations in Southern Africa, has announced the return of Mr Cecil Jarurakouje Nguvauva as its new Secretary General with immediate effect. This follows the exit of former office-holder, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Kawu Asks Set-Top Box Manufactures To Deliver Or Face Withdrawal of License

The Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed all licensed Set-Top Box (STB) manufacturers to deliver as promised or face the penalty. The NBC found it worrisome that out of thirteen authorised STB manufacturers in Nigeria, seven are are yet ...


Pay TV  |  Uganda: UCC Orders Pay-TV Operators To Pay New Fees Or Face Shut Down

The Ugandan communications regulator has issued a warning to Pay-TV operators in the country over non-compliance with the new licence fee framework. It has given the operators until April 30 to comply or face close down. The Commission, in a ...


Content Services  |  AfriDocs And Channel24 Offers Free Streaming Of Oliver Tambo Documentary

In honour of South Africa's Freedom Day 2018, AfriDocs and Channel24 would offer viewers free streaming of the thrilling biopic titled Oliver Tambo: Have You Heard From Johannesburg? The focus of this extraordinary newly released piece is to give viewers ...


Content Services  |  Médiamétrie And Omedia To Launch Digital Transmission Television Barometer In Africa

Médiamétrie and Omedia, two companies, that specialises in the collection of figures and analysis of data on media activities will launch the first barometer of DTT in Africa. In a press release, the companies said: “Broadcasters, operators,  content producers, institutions, ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  SES Study Shows That Satellite Can Help Boost Television Operations

An SES Satellite Monitor Study across countries in Africa have revealed that Ghana has the highest satellite penetration to bolster TV broadcasting to directly to homes. According to the study, satellite delivery has proliferated in Ghana with 65 percent of ...


Content Services  |  QYou Celebrates Global Milestone, Surpasses 300 Million Viewers

Content packaging and distribution company, QYou Media, has announced that its programming formats now reach a vast audience of more than 300 million consumers around the world! QYOU is focused on the curation and programming of short-form video content. They ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: NCC Withdraws 41m Subscriber Numbers Belonging To Starcomms, Zoom Mobile, Others

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly withdrawn 41,095,448 telephone numbers mainly assigned to Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators, effectively putting a lid on the troubled CDMA segment of the telecommunications sector in the nation. According to New Telegraph, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: NBC Calls Out Daar Communications For Breach Of Due Process

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower to stop further test transmission of its FM radio signals in Yola (North Eastern Nigeria) until Daar Communications Plc has obtained statutory approvals from NBC. ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Angola Accepts the Roscosmos offer to build AngoSat-2

Reports are citing that Angola's Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Jose Carvalho Da Rocha announced that the nation had accepted Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos' offer of to build Angola’s second satellite, AngoSat-2. The report said that it would ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Africanews TV Clocks Two

Africanews, the first pan-African and multilingual media platform is celebrating two years of offering 'credible' and 'unbiased' information around Africa in French and English. The award-winning channel is unique among the media landscape in sub-Saharan Africa. The platform is already ...


Music and Entertainment  |  Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Music Streaming Service Partners With Sony Music

The  Music + streaming service of the giant telecommunications company MTN Nigeria has entered into a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to distribute on its platform contents of the label’s catalogue. The agreement between MTN's Music+ and Sony Music Entertainment, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Sentech Halts Suspension Of Community Radio Stations

South Africa's signal distributor, Sentech, has agreed to lift its suspension of 15 radio stations with outstanding signal distribution fees after having a meeting with the South African Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and stakeholders in the industry. The meeting, which ...


Content Services  |  ANN7 Rebrands, Changes Name To 'Afro Worldview' From 30 April 2018

Afro Worldview is the re-brand name for ANN7 - the South African TV station formerly linked to the Gupta family. Afro Worldview will be a new 24-hour news, business and current affairs platform, and will be on the DStv channel 405. ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Cartoon Network Ranks Number One on Pay TV Channel Ranking

Cartoon Network, the leading kids’ channel in South Africa, has hit number one in the pay-TV market with the broadcast of "Power Rangers: Clash of the Red Rangers" movie on its channel. On 10 March, about 171, 000 kids between ...


Broadcasting Services  |  M-Net Collaborates With HBO To Launch Apprenticeship Programme

M-Net and HBO have launched an innovative Producer Apprenticeship Programme aimed at benefiting the local television community. In the Apprenticeship program will give six South African producers complete access to the set of the new HBO/Cinemax series Warrior, currently being ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Looks Up To Treasury To Help Curb Cash Crisis

The Chief Operating Officer at SABC, Chris Maroleng has said the recent changes that are ongoing within the SABC are meant to control the organisation's losses. Maroleng alongside SABC delegation of acting CEO Nomsa Philiso, acting chief financial officer Thabile ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: New Investment Firms Appointed By MTN Group For Nigeria Unit’s IPO

MTN has newly appointed Chapel Hill Denham, a Nigerian investment firm, as the lead issuing house for its Nigerian initial public offering (IPO). The joint issuers that were appointed as well are Renaissance Capital, South Africa’s Rand Merchant Bank, and ...


Content Services  |  Is Kwese TV Experiencing Cash-Flow Issues?

Kwese TV, the Pan-Africa pay-TV service provider - part of the Econet Group, may, according to reports, have a "cash-flow and funding problem". It is alleged to have defaulted on payments for important content it is seeking to broadcast - ...


Sports Rights  |  BBC And ECB's Partnership Ends As TalkSport In Negotiation For SA Rights

The association between BBC and ECB has come to an end after TalkSport acquired a free-to-air radio right. Reports show that TalkSport is also in negotiating to secure rights for England’s 2019-2020 tour to South Africa. The last time BBC ...


Data Services  |  Fibrelike Satellite Connectivity Will Improve Telecoms Reach In Africa - SES Chief

SES Africa Sales and Market Development, VP Clint Brown, has said that satellite connectivity provides a vital link in Africa's telecommunications ecosystem through the improvement of the delivery of data services and digital video content. This improvement will happen in ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Nu Metro Wants Piracy Sites In South Africa Blocked

Nu Metro has said to MyBroadband the effect of Piracy in the creative content industry is detrimental, therefore, blocking sites that enable such act will help curb the scourge of piracy in South Africa. Nu Metro added that anti-piracy measures ...


Content Services  |  Netflix's Mobile Viewers Will Now Enjoy 30 Seconds Trailers.

Netflix has introduced a 30-second trailer for mobile so that as soon as they open their Netflix app, they’ll find a scrollable row of circular thumbnails for different shows which, when clicked, will start playing a trailer for that show. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Sudan: BBC Stations Shutdown In South Sudan Over Unpaid Debts

South Sudan: BBC Stations Shutdown In South Sudan Over Unpaid Debts Authorities in South Sudan’s capital, Juba has put on lock and keys the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) relay stations in the nation for unpaid debts which have accumulated for ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Considers Additional Investigation Into MultiChoice Over Alleged 'Illegal' Payments

The leadership of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced it is still considering a probe into MultiChoice about allegedly inappropriate payments made to SABC and the Gupta-linked ANN7. This payment was allegedly in exchange for political ...


Content Services  |  AfriDocs Brings Best of African Documentaries To Channel24 Streaming Platform

It has been announced that an African documentary from the AfriDocs platform will be made available on Channel24’s streaming platform on a weekly basis. This collaboration was made possible by an agreement signed between the AfriDocs documentary streaming platform and ...


Advertising  |  South Africa: No Sexual Health Related Ads On SA TV Before 9PM, Says ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has brought about a policy that states that commercials that sell early ejaculation and weak erection solutions can air only after 21:00 GMT on South African television. A viewer named Marcus Govender ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Gupta-linked Group's Application For Free-to-air TV Licence Raises Concerns

Concerned Civil society groups such as Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Support Our Public Broadcaster (SOS), have written to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) about concerns that bother on by Infinity Media's application for a commercial free-to-air ...


Data Services  |  South Africa: Google Go App Newly Launches In South Africa

Google, the world leader in search engine, has publicised the launch of a new Google Go app that will enable users to search and browse using without consuming much data. Google Africa CMO, Mzamo Masito, said that Google Go is ...


Digital TV  |  Nigeria: TSTV To Begin Sale Of New Decoder Soon!

TSTV, one of the new players in the pay-TV market has announced on their social media platforms that they will begin the sale of a new decoder known as “Dexterity decoder”. Their TSTV’s Instagram page reads thus, “the sale of ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Show Of Technical Competence Is A Must For 9mobile Bidders – NCC

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would not approve the sale of 9mobile to any bidder who does not meet the requirement of technical competence. The Executive Vice-Chairman of the regulatory body, Professor Umar Danbatta, said this in ...


Telecom  |  MTN Group Meets Nigerian Government Over Country's IPO Plans

MTN Group has met with the federal government of Nigeria to re-assure the government of its determination on the planned IPO and diversification of shareholding to Nigerians. The MTN  Group's delegation which was led by its Chairman Mr Phuthuma Nhleko ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Hits 125 Million Subscribers; Makes USD 3.6 Billion In Q1 2018

Netflix, the popular video-on-demand (VOD) platform has announced that now has 125 million subscribers. The VOD company has also released its Q1 2018 financial results, which reveal that the company made $3.6 billion in streaming revenue from its 125 million ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: SABC May Lose Up To 500 Million Rand If Ban Of Alcohol Adverts Becomes Reality

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) is currently lobbying for a fast-tracking of the Liquor Amendment Bill to stop the advertisement of alcohol-related substances by broadcasting organisations and also raise the legal drinking age to 21. The bill is ...


Content Services  |  Indian’s Zee TV Makes A Big Plan For Nigerian Viewers, Looks Forward To Collaborating With Nollywood

The head of the team at  Zee World, Harish Goyal has said that with the completion of the Zee studios, Bollywood is looking to have future collaborations with Nollywood. According to Mr Goyal, “Nigerians are passionate about music and drama, ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Starz Play Grabs 26% Market Share Of MENA’s OTT TV Sector In Three Years - IHS Markit

IHS Markit data has reported that Starz Play has gained about 26 percent of digital TV streaming market of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the first three years of operations. The Principal Research Analyst at IHS ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe: Online Registration Portal Opens For Big Sister Africa

Big Sister Africa is a reality TV show modelled after the famous “Big Brother Africa” show where participants, both male and female from all around African participate for a grand prize of $100 000. Big Sister Africa is organised by ...


Digital TV  |  Global pay-TV Revenues To Fall By 11 Percent In 2023 - Digital TV Research

According to the Global Pay TV Revenue Forecasts report from Digital TV Research, global pay-TV revenues were seen to have peaked in 2016 at $205 billion and is projected fall by 11 percent in the year 2023. This fall ...


Content Services  |  Congo: Trace Launches New Congolese Music Channel

The Trace Media Group has launched a new television channel, Trace Kitoko, that is dedicated to music from the Congolese region of Africa. Trace Kitiko will be devoted to the rhythms, sounds and dance that rock Democratic Republic of the ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Kenya Assures Customers Of The Best in FIFA World Cup Coverage

Lovers of the football game across Kenya will be sure to have a good time following Multichoice Kenya’s promises to provide the best world cup experience to subscribers on its platform, through the live broadcast of the FIFA 2018 world ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Sentech Switches Off 15 Community Radio Stations Because of Debt

Sentech, South Africa’s signal distribution company has switched off 15 local radio stations because the money they owe is too much. A report that was published by The City Press shows that the state-owned began its first batch of the ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  South Africa: ICASA Seeks To Increase Digital Radio Broadcasting In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in an effort to improve digital radio services in the country has published a document on the future of Digital Sound Broadcasting Services in South Africa. The regulator has defined digital broadcasting ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Nigeria: Copyright Regulator Tells COSON To Comply With Its Directives Or Face Sanctions

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has released a statement asking the Governing Board of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, (COSON) to follow its directives regarding the disputed chairmanship of the organisation or face sanction. The statement signed by  Director-General NCC, ...


Content Services  |  American Idol Comes Back To SA Screens; Courtesy M-Net

South Africans can now enjoy one of the most popular reality music series - American Idol, as M-Net is bringing it back to the region.   Episodes of season 16 of American Idol will air Fridays and Saturdays. As a ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Morocco: iflix Introduces Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) Services

iflix, a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service has now been made available in Morocco, with a one-month free trial. Members who are on ‘Club Inwi’ are being offered a whooping six-month unlimited access to iflix as part of subscriber privilege service ...


Content Services  |  Voice Of America (VoA) Africa's Division Lines of Programming

VOA's Africa Division Managing Editor, Mr Scott Stearns has announced that VOA is committed to co-operating with broadcast partners across the continent to deliver the latest news and information from Africa and the Diaspora. This commitment has led the American ...


Content Services  |  SuperSport Introduces Pop-Up Channels Ahead of 2018 Fifa World Cup

SuperSport, Africa’s leading sports broadcaster, will launch the build-up to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in earnest this month by starting a 24-hour pop-up channel dedicated to international football showpiece. The new channel, "SuperSport 13", will start broadcasting a ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA Publishes Its TV White Space Regulations

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has congratulated the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for publishing regulations on the utility of Television White Space for South Africa. This move marks a huge step in the right direction for the ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: NCC Approves Teleology Bid For 9 Mobile, Required To Pay $450m In 90 Days

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that Teleology Holdings Limited, the preferred bidder of 9Mobile Nigeria is on course to take over the company, on the condition that they pay $450 million within the next 90 days. The commission ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: Intelsat And Vodacom Nigeria Sign New Deal To Boost Broadband Connectivity

Intelsat South Africa, an operator of one of the world's globalised network, has signed an agreement with Vodacom Business Nigeria for the expansion of its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and improved services throughout the West African region. Part ...


TV Rights  |  BBC Studios Signs Raft Of New Deals With African Broadcasters

The new BBC Studios has announced that it has sold more than 300 hours of programming to broadcasters across Africa. Content that has been sold includes flagship titles like Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Hustle. Since the beginning ...


Content Services  |  Ivory Coast: Cote Ouest Audiovisuel And Globo TV Extends Content Arrangement

Cote Ouest, the first to introduce Latin American telenovelas to Africa has stretched its deal with Globo TV to last until 2023. The extended agreement will give Cote Ouest the position of sole distributor of the programming in the continent ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Has Paid N165Bn Out Of N330Bn Fine To NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC) said MTN had paid the sum of 165 billion Naira out of the 330 billion Naira fine it was charged due to its inability to disconnect SIM cards that were not registered properly. Executive ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Cape Verde Establishes New Company To Manage Digital Terrestrial Television

The government of Cape Verde, a northwestern African country, has established a company that will oversee the introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television  (DTT) in the country. The company called Cabo Verde Broadcast (CVB) will be public-owned and would be charged ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: eNCA To Broadcast Documentary On Winnie Mandela

The 24 hours Television news broadcaster in South Africa, eNCA, promises to bring Pascale Lamche’s Winnie documentary film to its viewers on Wednesday 11 April 2018, after which it will be made available to all South Africans on e.tv and ...


Connectivity  |  Showmax Want To Work With Telcos To Boost Internet TV Growth In Africa

Naspers, a global entertainment group, is urging telecoms operators in Africa to offer customers unlimited data to help bolster the growth of internet television on the continent. The group argued that the high cost of data in Africa is hindering ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Nigeria Signs Movie Production Deal With Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello)

Adebayo Salami, a veteran Nigerian actor, director and filmmaker, popularly known by his stage name “Oga Bello”, has signed a movie production deal with, StarTimes, a pay-TV Company in Nigeria. There are indications that the signed deal is worth millions ...


Content Services  |  SABC Will Continue To Put Local Content Front And Center Of Its Programming

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is making efforts to resolve the issues of misrepresentation that it has been experiencing in the press with regards to its local content offering. The SABC in a written statement said it has always ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Kenya: 800 Villages To Have Access To Satellite TV Courtesy Of Startimes

It will now be possible for dwellers in eight hundred remote villages in Kenya to watch programmes on satellite television for free. This project is made possible in a collaborative effort of the Kenyan government and StarTimes (the Chinese technology ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: MTN, Huawei Collaborate To Connect Rural Communities With Low-Cost Broadband Services

Nigeria: MTN, Huawei Collaborate To Connect Rural Communities With Low-Cost Broadband Services Telecommunications company - MTN Nigeria and technology company - Huawei are collaborating to provide remote communities in Nigeria with low-cost mobile broadband services. The project tagged ‘RuralStar 2.0’ ...


Content Services  |  SABC2 Introduces DEKATV Programming To Its Viewers

SABC2, a channel owned by The South African Broadcasting Corporation has announced the introduction of a favourite magazine content known as DEKATv to its Wednesday schedule as a part of its growing genre of magazine programmes that are educating and ...


Film and Cinema  |  South Africa: "Five Fingers for Marseilles" Is Coming To America

Five Fingers for Marseilles is a South African production that will be hitting American cinemas after it's premiere across South Africa on Friday, 6 April 2018. The plans is to release the fast-paced thriller in the United States of America ...


Content Services  |  BBC Studios: A New Content Creation Company

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched a new company called “BBC Studios”. This new move by the media giant is termed  “a new chapter” for the content creation of the firm. The newly launched BBC Studios is made possible ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  FRANCE24 TV Now Available To Kenyan Audience

TV audiences in Kenya will now have access to additional quality reportage of round-the-clock News, Current affairs, Documentaries, Business and other content courtesy of France 24. France 24, the Paris-based international news and current affairs television network have signed an ...


Industry Meeting  |  Africa's Creativity To Show At Global Content Bazaar in Cannes

The Creative Africa pavilion is coming back to the MIP TV Show in   Cannes. According to organisers, it will offer broadcasters, production companies, distributors, sales agents in the international community open sesame to the rapidly growing African TV market. The ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Kwese To Drive Its OTT And Video Streaming Services Across Africa

Kwese TV, Africa's Pay-TV broadcaster has chosen Alpha Networks to deliver its over-the-top (OTT) services. These will include Kwese's TV App across Africa and Kwese Play  TV in South Africa. According to sources close to the matter, Alpha Networks’ responsibility ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Yanga! A New Afro-Centric TV Channel Launches Free-To-Air On UK’s Freesat

Yanga! is the newly launched lifestyle entertainment channel targeted at the African diaspora audiences, and is now available as a free-to-air Channel on UK’s Freesat. Yanga! Is a Nigerian English Pidgin word interpreted 'Pride' or 'Flamboyance'. The word is also ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Nigeria: Another Varsity - Bayero University , Kano - To Launch Radio Station

The quest for hands-on training in broadcasting for students in Nigerian Universities has led to the establishments of some radio campus radio stations in Universities and some cases polytechnics. So far, there are about 20 campus radio stations in Nigeria. ...


Appointment  |  Vanessa O’Connor Becomes A Director Of European Broadcasters Union.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Europe's public broadcasters organisation has named Ms Vanessa O’Connor as director of member relations and communication. The former  Eutelsat corporate communications expert was in charge of activities in Eutelsat’s communications for about three decades. She ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SES Hits 1 Billion Viewers And 351 Million TV Households

SES can now boast of reaching a total of 351 million TV homes and 1 Billion individual viewers. It's Satellite Monitoring team released data which also showed that its broadcast signals are now reaching, a total of 325 million homes. ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria: TV Set-Top Box Issues Beset Nigeria's Digital Broadcasting Switch Over Project

The plodding pace of progress of the digital broadcasting switchover process in Nigeria (popularly referred as the DSO project) is the result of inadequate planning and execution, primarily as it concerns the delivery and access of TV set-top boxes. Two ...


Telecom  |  The 9Mobile Saga: Smile Communications Criticised For Being A Sore Loser

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s telecommunication industry are openly criticising Smile Communications, the second highest bidder for 9Mobile, for its seeming disrespect of the process since it lost out on the bid. Smile Communications, (Teleology the eventual winner), Glo, Airtel, and Helios ...


Content Services  |  Can MTN Create An E-Commerce Platform Exceeding Amazon, Alibaba And Netflix Combined?

The African market is not yet saturated with e-commerce initiatives because the likes of Amazon, Alibaba and Netflix are not active players in the continent. Speaking at the recently held Innovation Africa Digital Summit (IADS), in Addis Ababa the Group ...


Appointment  |  Kenya: BBC Africa Employs Larry Madowo As New Business Editor

Larry Madowo had landed a new job with the giant Media House British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a Business Editor. Larry Madowow is an outspoken Journalist and TV news anchor in Kenya with interest in Technology, Current Affairs and entertainment. ...


TV Rights  |  Kenya Premier League On Why It Went With MediaPro Instead Of StarTimes For Broadcast Rights

Mr Jack Oguda, the Chief Executive Officer of Kenyan Premier League, has defended the decision of the League to reject the rights broadcast deal offered by StarTimes and also clarified his organisation's involvement with MediaPro in producing the Kenyan Premier ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nickelodeon Launches #KidsCan Project In Partnership With The KidRight Foundation

Nickelodeon International, the number one brand for children television programming has partnered with KidRight Foundation to launch #KidsCan which is an international campaign that focuses on educating young people about making positive changes to the world. This initiative will begin ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Gau TV Blazes New Trail With Unconventional Programming

Gau TV is causing a ripple in South Africa through the launch of a new show that seeks to tackle LGBTQ issues titled “I was in the Closet” hosted on DSTV Channel 256. launched in 2015, GauTV is an entertainment ...


Telecom  |  Sale Of 9 Mobile May Be Stopped By Nigerian House Of Reps - As NCC, CBN Deny Teleology!

The Nigerian House of Representatives may be forced to put a stop to the ongoing sale of the embattled 9mobile to the acclaimed highest bidder Teleology Holdings. This was hinted at by Mr Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, Chairman of the Telecommunications committee ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Investigates Kamwendo Radio Show Incident

The executive management of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched an investigation asking for a full incident report in which SAFM Sakina Kamwendo’s show was apparently cut off the air in the middle of a show. The spokesman ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  ECOWAS Plans To Launch Independent Radio Station Broadcasting In Three Languages

The president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr Jean-Claude Brou has stated that ECOWAS Radio will begin broadcast in the three most spoken languages in the continent, English, French and Portuguese. The focus of the radio ...


Investments  |  Naspers To Dig Deeper Into India With More TMT Investments

Naspers, one of the largest technology investors in Africa, it has been revealed, is planning to execute early-stage investments across different sectors in India covering sectors like media, technology, education, and blockchain. Industry reports show that the Johannesburg based Naspers ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: Cell C OffersFree Streaming For Its Black Subscribers At Easter

Cell C, a Mobile Data Operator in South Africa has announced that it will be offering free online streaming services to subscribers on its 'Black' platform. Black is the platform from that Cell C in South Africa launched with a ...


Telecom  |  Teleology 'Finishes' Move To Acquire 9 Mobile (Nigeria) In US$500 Million Deal

After an extended period of rumours (and counter-rumor) about the change of ownership at of 9mobile, a youth-focused telecommunications brand in Nigeria ((formerly Etisalat), the interim board of the company seems to have finally accepted the US$500 million offer from ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: Telcos Against FaceBook’s Free Internet Project In Sub-Saharan Africa

FaceBook, the global social media networking online platform says it is making plans to roll out satellite and drone activities to provide free internet services to rural and Sub-Saharan African. This plan, however, is causing unease with Telecom operators in ...


Digital Migration  |  GOtv Licensed As Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Operator

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology (ZICTA) has given license to GOTV, a signal distributor network to install and operate a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network in the nation. ZICTA is a government-owned regulatory body responsible for the regulation of ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Africa And ROK Nigeria To Launch Two Channels In April

MultiChoice Africa, a leading entertainment company and ROK, a Nigerian based award-winning film production and entertainment brand will be launching two brand new channels on the DSTV and GOTV platforms on Thursday, 5 April 2018. The two to-be-launched ROK 2 ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: NCC To Issue More Infracos Licenses, Auction More Spectrum To Improve Broadband

In a bid to achieve the 30% target for universal broadband delivery set by the Federal Government of Nigeria for December 2018, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would seek to offer additional infrastructure provider licences and auction ...


Pay TV  |  Naspers Rejects Multi-Million USD Offer From Vivendi's Canal+ For Multichoice Africa

Naspers Group, one of the largest global technology investors and owners of MultiChoice has rejected a multi-million dollar offer from Vivendi, a French-owned multinational integrated media and content group to acquire MultiChoice Africa.  In a report released by BFM TV, ...


Appointment  |  South Africa: Tebogo Leshope Appointed As New COO 0f Signal Distributor - Sentech

Sentech, a South African based broadcast signal distributor has appointed Tebogo Leshope as its' new Chief Operations Officer (COO). Sentech is a state-owned organisation that offers signal distribution services to most South African licensed broadcasters. Leshope, the newly appointed Chief ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Naspers Considering Separating MultiChoice From Other Group Businesses

Naspers, the internet and media group is on the reconsidering listing MultiChoice and some other brands within its group separately. According to Naspers CEO, Bob Van Djik this consideration is focused on the reduction of the discount to the value ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Sony Film Brings Internationally Acclaimed "Dating Game Show" To Africa

Sony Television Pictures (SPT) has announced that it will be introducing the show: "The Dating Game" one of the most watched show in Europe to Africa on EbonyLife in Nigeria. The "The Dating Game" is an internationally distributed video content ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Nation's Movie Industry Needs A Minimum of 774 Cinemas - Says NFVCB

Piracy has been a significant challenge in the Nigerian movie industry. For years, movie makers have recorded enormous loses to the Pirates despite the battles that have been fought and lost. As a way of tackling this seeming perpetual challenge, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Media Giants BBC And CBS Agree To Deepen Collaboration In South Africa

Two global media giants, CBS News and BBC News have revealed their plan to kick-start a joint news bureau in Africa, to be based in  Johannesburg, South Africa. This collaboration indicates an upward climb in the budding relationship of both ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: BBC Goes Big On Investing In Mentorship For Young African Journalists

The  British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has promised to invest in the next crop of journalists in Africa through the launch of a mentorship and internship scheme for young African Journalists in Nigeria. Jamie Angus, Director of the BBC World Service, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Unions Unhappy Over The Commercialisation Of SA FM!

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has an axe to grind with unions over its plan to commercialise one of its radio stations, SA FM. Chris Maroleng, Chief Operating Officer of SABC's (a public owned media outfit that provides broadcasting ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria: Are DStv And StartTimes Broadcast Licenses About To Be Cancelled?

The Federal government in Nigeria may, via the National Broadcasting Commission -  Nigeria's regulatory authority for the broadcasting industry - have already read the riot act to both Multichoice Nigeria and StarTimes concerning their license to operate in the country. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator (NBC) Sanctions 78 Media Outfits In Quarter 4 Of 2017

The regulatory body for the Nigerian broadcasting and media industry, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has said it issued a variety of sanctions against 78 broadcasting and electronic media organisations in the country between October and December of 2017. According ...


Content Services  |  Kenya's A24Media Wants To Create A US 1Millon Dollars Fund For Media Innovation.

Kenya-based A24Media has stated that it is looking to set up a "Media Technology Investment Fund" of  US 1 Million Dollars. According to Mr Asif Sheikh, co-Founder of A24Media, the fund will support the need for innovation around technology development ...


Industry Meeting  |  Nigeria: Conference On Content Building And Management For Broadcasters In Lagos, Next Week

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


Broadcast Rights  |  Supersport Agrees For SABC To Broadcast Rugby Tournaments Free-Of-Charge

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


Content Services  |  Multichoice Puts Out Request For Bids For A 24-Hour CNN-Style News Channel

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Startimes Invests US 20 Million Dollars Annually In Entertainment Industry

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: COSON Unhappy With Copyright Infringement Case Won By MCSN

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Linda Ikeji To Launch Lifestyle And Entertainment Channel On DStv

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


Broadband  |  Avanti And Global Partnership for Education Give Access To Education In Africa

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Multichoice Did Not Lean-On Communications Minister For Favours, Says CEO

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


Content Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice To Ditch ANN7; Plans For A New 24-Hour News Channel

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: ICASA Sets Up Major Investigation Into 'Suspicious' Payments By MultiChoice

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


Content Services  |  Hisense Aims To Deliver FIFA World Cup Games Via TV Apps In South Africa

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile (Formerly Etisalat) To Be Bought By Teleology For USD 500 Million

Adrian Wood's Teleology has agreed to pay USD 500 Million to buy Nigeria's fourth largest mobile network operator 9 Mobile (formerly known as Etisalat). Industry insiders will recall that Adrian Wood was the erstwhile managing director for MTN in Nigeria ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Cameroon: CRTV Launches Dedicated 24-Hour News Channel

Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) has launched a dedicated, specialised news channel: CRTV News. The new platform goes live on Sunday 28th January. According to Mr Charles Ndongo, the Director General and CEO of CRTV, the launch of a dedicated news ...


Pay TV  |  Court Orders Multichoice Nigeria To Pay USD 17 Million For Flouting Copyright

A Nigerian Federal High Court has ordered Multichoice Nigeria to pay the sum of USD 17 Million (6 billion Naira) as damages to the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria for copyright infringement. The Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria had instituted ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  SES Gets New VP, Boasts Of Video Sales Expansion in Africa

SES video, an acclaimed world leader in Satellite Operation, has announced the appointment of Clint Brown as the new Vice President, Sales and Market Development for the African Continent. This is part of a strategy that is formed to boost ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe Set For 'Feverish' Pay TV Competition As Dr Dish Enters The Fray

Dr Dish, the former commercial partner in Zimbabwe of Econet Media's Kwese TV,  has declared that it will enter the Pay TV market in Zimbabwe and, further down the line, across Southern Africa. Those in the know are aware that ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: University of Lagos Television (UNILAG TV) To Start Operations Next Month

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported that the newly licensed University of Lagos Television (UNILAG TV) will start on-air operation before the end of February 2018. According to the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the station - which ...


Industry Meeting  |  Nigeria: BON's International Summit On Content Building And Management Gathers Speed

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), the umbrella body for Nigeria's broadcast and electronic media have confirmed that the forthcoming summit on Content Building And Management for Digital Broadcasting and Media will be packed with valuable information and knowledge for ...


Pay TV  |  TRACE Boosted By Additional Investment From US Private Equity Firm

TRACE, the pan-African multimedia entertainment company have secured further substantial investment to boost its media and communications networks. TGG, the US private equity giant, via its TPG Growth is combining with Evolution Media to acquire a majority acquire in TRACE. ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Is New Entrant PayTV Company "TSTV" Up To Its Billing?

TSTV, the recently launched satellite-based Pay TV company in Nigeria, has been called out of "failing to deliver" what it has promised its customers. According to a section of the Nigerian industry press, the company - which was initially docked ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe: Religious Channel "Yadah TV" Goes On DStv Platform

Multichoice in Zimbabwe has announced that it is adding the Harare-based religious channel to it TV bouquet to be available on channel 281. Yadah TV was established and is run by Prophet Walter Magaya who has a projected congregation of ...


Pay TV  |  Iflix In Africa Gets Exclusive Run On The Run-Away Serial 'Britannia'

It is being reported that the blockbuster drama series from UK's Sky TV will be exclusive to Iflix Africa. Owned by Malaysia-based Iflix - operating in around 25 countries globally - Iflix Africa has announced that as from January 22nd, ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Channels TV Enters Into Content Co-Production With The BBC

Channels TV, Nigeria's foremost private TV station is said to be working with the BBC to co-produce a half-hour, weekly magazine show. According to reports, the live show - produced from Channels TV studios in Lagos, Nigeria - is an ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenya: "Broadcasters Not Meeting Children's Programming Quota" - CA

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has declared that most broadcasters in the country are not meeting their quota on children programming on television. According to the CA, the broadcasting regulations in Kenya requires television channels to provide a minimum ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  StartTimes To Add Hausa Language TV Station "Arewa 24" To Its Platform

Startimes Nigeria has announced it will be adding Hausa-Language TV channel "AREWA 24" to its line-up with a free-of-charge offer to its existing subscribers. The new addition will be on Channel 138 of its DTT platform in Nigeria. Sources from ...


Telecom  |  South Africa's CELL C Looks To Further Acquisition To Drive Growth

CELL C, South Africa's third-largest mobile telecommunications company, is pursuing more acquisitions to enable it to expand its services as grow its seemingly stagnant revenues. According to reports from Bloomberg South Africa, the company is seeking to expand into other ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: The DoC Initiates Supply Of Subsidised Digital Set-Top Boxes

The South African Department of Communications (The DoC) has started the distribution of government-subsidised digital set-top boxes in the Eastern Cape region of the country. The Eastern Cape distribution is part of the five million government subsidises set-top boxes that ...


Telecom  |  Mobile Broadband: MTN Join With Ericsson For 5G Trials In Africa

Ericsson and MTN have announced that they have successfully launched the technology and applications for 5G in Africa. In a statement attributed the MTN Group, the trials enabled it to achieve just over 20Gbps throughput over the 5G network with ...


Digital Migration  |  The Nigerian Digital SwitchOver (DSO) - The Need To Think Outside The Box

The Nigerian Digital Switchover known in Nigeria as the DSO is the Nigerian Government’s programme for the migration of television from analogue to digital. The Nigerian DSO journey started with the inauguration of the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC); this body ...


TV Rights  |  Canal+ Afrique And Kwese Sports Secures France's "Ligue 1" Broadcast Rights

The French "Ligue 1"  have agreed on broadcast rights deals for the sub-Sahara Africa region for the next six season, starting from 2018/2019 until 2023/24. The broadcast rights were awarded to Canal+ Afrique who will hold the rights to show ...


Content Services  |  SABC's Programmes 'Uzalo' And 'Generations' Are The Most-Watched In South Africa - BRCSA

Viewing figures just released by South Africa's Broadcast Research Council (BRCSA) revealed that SABC's "Uzalo" And "Generations: The Legacy" were the most-watched TV programmes in South Africa. According to BRCSA's television audience measurements report of December 2017, "Uzalo" had 9,151,710 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) To Re-Think The TV Licensing Model

Reports from Accra, Ghana, indicates that the TV Licence implementation regime currently in force could be revisited and possibly revised by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). It would be recalled that GBC facilitated the establishment of a "Special Court" to ...


Content Services  |  Case Closed: Justice Served To Debut On e.tv South Africa

e.tv, a leading free-to-air television station in South Africa has confirmed it will air the locally produced "crime and justice" television series, Case Closed: Justice Served. The 13-episode show, which provides insight on how local crimes are investigated and solved ...


Pay TV  |  Africa's Pay-TV Subscribers To Reach 17.4 Million By 2023

A new report from Digital TV Research has concluded that Sub-Saharan Africa will see a surge in pay-Tv subscribers between now and 2023 - up to 74% increase. The report also indicated that revenues from pay-Tv for the period would ...


Content Services  |  Trace TV Embroiled In Pay-Before-Listing Issues - Denies Allegations

Trace is one of Africa's online music and entertainment platform. According to the company, its channels such as Trace Naija, Trace Mziki, Trace Urban, Trace Africa and Trace Toca - on aggregate - are the number one regarding views across ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Promises Compelling Entertainment After Adding "Love World Plus" Channel

StarTimes Nigeria, one of the country's Pay TV giant, has promised to work assiduously to provide compelling entertainment and TV services to its customers in Nigeria. As a testament to this, the digital pay-TV company added a new channel called ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana: Multichoice Says It Contributed USD23Million To GDP In Past Three Years

The Chairman, Board of Directors of Multichoice Ghana, Mr Richard Darko claims the company added more than USD 23 million to the Ghanaian economy in the past three years and had also contributed tremendously to the development of the creative ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria To Borrow USD500+ Million To Procure Satellites From China For NigComSat

Industry reports have indicated that the Nigerian authorities are finalising plans to take a loan of more than USD 550 Million from the Exim Bank of China. The loan, it is said, is to be used to procure two new ...


TV Rights  |  Amazon May Bid For Streaming Rights To English Premier League

The US tech giant, Amazon.com Inc is reportedly planning a bid for the streaming rights to the coveted English Premier League games. Said to be part of its business strategy, the quest for EPL rights will, according to experts, bring ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Urges Changes To SA's Broadcasting Law To Check MultiChoice Alleged Monopoly

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is making representation to the ICASA (South Africa's broadcasting and telecommunication regulator) about the market structure in the country. According to SABC, the market is significantly skewed in favour of the dominant pay-TV operator ...


Content Services  |  Kwese TV Flourishes In Zimbabwe; Has 77 Channels, To Get 100 Soon!

Kwese TV has declared it is doing well in Zimbabwe. Its pay-TV platform now has more than 77 channels, some which are free-to-view; and it is on course to reach the 100-channel mark by the end of March 2018. Responding ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Lost But Found - Angosat-1 Re-Establishes Communication With Earth Station

Angosat-1, the Angolan satellite that was recently launched into orbit but declared lost when no signal contact was received back following the launch is now said to have re-established communications link with the earth station. Angola's Minister for Telecommunications and ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Tanzania Sanctions Five TV Stations For "Offensive And Unethical” Broadcasts

Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)  has issued fines for some broadcasting organisations in the country for what it called "offensive and unethical broadcasts. The affected stations are Star TV, Azam Two, East Africa TV, Channel 10 and ITV. The total ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Get Set To Give South Africa A New Terrestrial Pay TV Channels

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) - SA's broadcasting and telecommunication regulator has announced that it is opening applications for broadcasters to apply for a MUX3 television spectrum. According to ICASA, this license, when issued will enable the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana To Extend TV License To Content Viewed On Mobile Devices

Consumers of media content on mobile devices are to be liable for TV license fees in Ghana - this is according to Dr Akuffo Annor-Ntow, the Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). Ghana has recently been setting up a ...


Digital Migration  |  AfDB And The EU To Finance Central Africa National Fiber Backbone

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has confirmed its commitment to assisting the Central African Republic to achieve its digital potential. To this end, the Bank is partnering with the European Union to finance the building and deployment of the country's ...


Pay TV  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Plan To Expand Reach Of Internet TV

Multichoice DStv aims to extend the reach of its Internet Television services to cover more customers and their devices. DStv executives said they are keen to exploit advancement and improvements in technology and services to provide customers with media and ...


Content Services  |  NIGERIA: CONSAT Rebrands As PLAY TV, Boasts Of More Than 50 Channels At Launch

CONSAT in Nigeria has rebranded as "PLAY TV" and repositioned itself as a "media and entertainment company" with the aim of becoming the "leader in digital TV programming" in Nigeria by offering a combination of the "best-in-class entertainment channels" with ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Study: 'Satellite Is Preferred Digital Video Infrastructure For Africa' - Eutelsat

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


Content Services  |  South Africa: Cell C Bags Streaming Rights For Fox TV Channels

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


Content Services  |  Kwese To Boost Programming Line-Up With Content From US-Based TV One

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


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Nigeria Delighted With Take-Up Of Pay-Per-Day Subscription Offer

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


Free-To-Air TV  |  South Africa: e.tv Presents Five Channels. One Colour. Unlimited Entertainment

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


TV Rights  |  Multichoice Did Not Agree On A USD10 Million Carriage Rights Contract With ANN7

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


Content Services  |  AFRIMA 2017: Digitisation Is The Best That Can Happen To African Music

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


Telecom  |  Fast-tracking Digital Switchover Is Key To A Connected Africa - ATU

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


Content Services  |  DStv Canned Disney Channel Kids Show Because Of Homosexual Storyline.

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Cell C Enters Africa's OTT TV and VOD Market With "Black"; In Partnership With Vubiquity

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


Content Services  |  African Animation Network (AAN) Hope To Extend Industry's Reach With Animation Magazine

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


Pay TV  |  After Nigeria, MultiChoice Ghana Announces GOtv MAX Package

Multichoice Ghana has followed, very quickly, the steps taken by their Nigerian counterpart by announcing that they are also launching the GOtv MAX packages. Making the announcement, GOtv Ghana's General Manager, Mr KIngsley Afful says that quality entertainment is at ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: MultiChoice Introduces GOtv 'MAX' And Subscribers Can Access Premium Content

Africa’s leading Pay-Tv provider MultiChoice has granted its GOtv subscribers a one-month ‘’open window’’ to access to watch ‘’live’’, the best of Spanish La Liga matches. This GOtv "open window" period will end on October 31, and it follows the ...


Content Services  |  Netflix Announces Partnership With Kwese Media In South Africa; Launches On Play Streaming Box.

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, has signed a long-term partnership agreement with Kwese Media, a subsidiary of Econet in South Africa. This partnership which kicked off with the launch of Netflix on the Kwese Play streaming box aims ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: OpenView HD Claims It Has Reached Its 1 Million Subscriber Milestone

OpenView HD, South Africa’s fastest growing TV satellite operator, has achieved a significant feat as the second largest satellite Tv provider in South Africa, by exceeding its target of 1 million decoder activation, in less than four years of operation. ...


Pay TV  |  Zimbabwe: MultiChoice Cuts DStv Subscription Rates, Introduces New Packages

Africa's Leading Pay-TV provider, MultiChoice, has announced another round of reduction in the prices of its bouquet subscription in Zimbabwe.  News from the company confirmed that the DStv subscription rates for Premium, Compact Plus and Compact had been reduced by ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: TV Channel For Mixed-Race Community Launches Soon On StarSat

Rebranded ASTV set to launch South Africa’s first coloured TV channel OnseTV on Friday 29 September on the StarSat satellite Pay TV service of the Chinese Startimes Media in South Africa. Onse TV, a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking broadcast TV channel is ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Cote D'Ivoire: Orange TV Streaming Service Launched With Norigin

Orange TV, part of Orange Group, is launching a video streaming service in Cote d’Ivoire using the multi-screen TV apps developed for it by Norigin Media. This service is linked to Orange Money, providing users with television streaming on their ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Dope TV Hopes To Compete Well In A Crowded Market

Dope TV, a free web-based digital urban youth and family entertainment multi-TV platform has launched its first operations in Nigeria, with free and unlimited access to movies, news and other entertainment TV shows for the young and old. This aggregated ...


Digital Migration  |  SADC Region Moving At A Slower Pace Towards Digital Transition

The South African Minister of Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, has confirmed that only 4 of the 15-member states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have fully migrated from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT). SADC countries committed the International ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Financially Embattled SABC Declares Massive Revenue Loss For 2016/17

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has recorded a ZAR977m loss after tax for the fiscal year 2016/17. According to its annual report published on Tuesday. This recent loss more than doubles the loss recorded in 2016 because of its continuing ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: MultiChoice Says It Is Not Looking To Offer The Pay-Per-View Model For Now!

Multichoice - Nigeria's largest Pay-TV provider - has debunked recent reports that it will offer its content on a pay-per-view basis. In a public statement from the organisation, it said it has at "no time announced it was launching a ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  South Africa: Signal Distributor Sentech Records 5 Percent Revenue Growth In Fiscal Year 2016/17

Sentech, the South African state-owned broadcasting signal distributor, has announced a 5 percent growth of in overall revenue in the financial year 2016/17 to ZAR 1.2 billion (US90 Million Dollars). The group said it was proud of its achievements during ...


Digital Migration  |  Guinea-Bissau Enters Partnership With StarTimes For DTT services

The Government of Guinea-Bissau has signed a partnership agreement with the pan-African Pay Tv provider, StarTimes, for the installation of DTT in the country. According to the Guinean minister of Social Communication, Vitor Pereira, they had reached an advanced stage ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: TStv Launch Of Pay-As-You-Consume TV Rattles DStv, StarTimes, Others

In Nigeria, Multichoice DStv/GOtv and StarTimes and other emerging payTV providers seem to be facing a tough competitive change as the new Pay-Tv company, Telcom Satellite TV (TStv) launches Pay-as-You-Consume model and data bundle. TStv plans to roll out its ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: DStv Seeks To Stop Content Repeats Across Channels

DStv South Africa is redirecting its focus to the reduction of repeats across its TV channels including probably cancellation and or merger of certain channels. The aim is to achieve zero repeats during prime-time viewing hours and increase its ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Announces Expansion Of 'DStv Now' Video-On-Demand Service

MultiChoice is set to extend its 'DStv Now' video-on-demand platform to all bouquets by December 2017, thereby making the service non-exclusive to DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact subscribers, announced the company’s head of digital media, Graeme Cumming. This expansion ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Considers Disposal Of Assets In London (UK) In The Face Of Financial Meltdown

The SABC is looking at the possible sale of real estate assets in London (United Kingdom) as a result of its continuing financial downturn. The South African Minister of Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo stated the readiness to dispose of the ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: TStv To Launch Pay-As-You-Consume TV - Sets Up Competition With DStv

A new Nigeria-based Pay-Tv company, Telcom Satellite Tv (TStv) is, in partnership with ABS Global, to start a ‘’Pay-As-You-Consume’’ TV model. According to the company, the plan will allow their subscribers pay for only programmes they watch, with over 200 ...


Content Services  |  BBC World Service Targets Rapid East African Expansion

BBC World Service has announced it is seeking to rapidly expand its East African services. To this end, the BBC World Service is launching three new services targeting audiences of these two East African countries; Ethiopia and Eritrea. The services ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Econet Media Looking To Expand Its Content Delivery Networks (CDN) In Africa

Econet Media, a subsidiary of Econet Group, is set to expand its content delivery networks (CDNs) to host internet-based TV channels such as Netflix and YouTube in Africa.   This comes after a successful launch of Kwese Play in many ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Turkey's Natural TV Beams Content Into West Africa On SES Astra Satellite

Natural TV, a specialised television service from Turkey focusing on health, agriculture and general culture-based content will be broadcasting to the West-African region. The TV company has agreed with to use SES's Astra 2G satellite capacity with uplink services coming ...


Content Services  |  Canal+ And Nagra Extend Content Protection Partnership

Canal+ (Canal Plus) has announced it is to extend its content protection partnership with Nagra. Under this partnership agreement, Nagra, part of the Kudelski Group will provide the pan-African Pay-TV broadcaster with both a smart-card as well as a cardless ...


Content Services  |  BBC Worldwide To Deepen Content Sales To Kwesè TV

BBC Worldwide has announced that it is ramping up it's content sales and provisioning to Econet Media Kwesè TV. According to the deal, BBC Worldwide is providing more than 50 hours 'mixed-genre' programming to Kwesè TV for use across all ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Econet Media Work With Roku And Netflix To Deliver Kwese Play

Econet Media is said to have reached an advanced stage in its entry into the African streaming service with its Video On Demand (VOD) platform Kwese Play. The company is reported to be working with Roku (for the streaming box) ...


Video-On-Demand  |  The Africa Channel Joins The 'Busy' Africa's Video Streaming Market

The Africa Channel has announced it will be launching a subscription video-on-demand (VOD) service for the African market. Bringing the platform into a market that is as uncertain as it is hectic. According to Mr Narendra Reddy, the Executive Vice ...


Digital Migration  |  Kenya: StarTimes To Ramp Up Free Digital TV Provisioning To Rural Africa

StarTimes - the Chinese Pay TV company - has confirmed that it is driving forward its commitment to provide free digital TV to rural Africa. The company had announced, a few months ago, that it was setting up, as part ...


Content Services  |  CBeebies - BBC Worldwide Children's Flagship Programme - Added To Kwese's Stable

Kwese TV's content catalogue is reportedly adding BBC's Worldwide children's flagship programme - CBeebies - to its stable. CBeebies is one of the best export of the children/kids category from BBC Worldwide, targeted at children aged six and below. The ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kwese TV Set To Re-Launch In Zimbabwe Following Court Victory

Kwese TV is said to re-commence its services in Zimbabwe following the favourable decision from the local courts - that annulled the ban it was given by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). Last Friday, a Zimbabwean local high court ...


Pay TV  |  South Africa: Multichoice's Subscribers Given Free Access To Showmax Catalogue

As first reported on our platform last month, it has now seem fully confirmed that Showmax is now effectively part of MultiChoice Digital in South Africa. To cement the integration of both platforms, MultiChoice is now offering subscribers to its ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Kenya: TVU Networks To Help Broadcasters Cover National Election

TVU Networks has announced it will be providing additional mobile transmitters to major broadcasters in Kenya to cover, adequately, the forthcoming presidential elections in the country. A statement from the company said it is providing hundreds of its mobile uplinks ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: MultiChoice Nigeria To Launch Pay-Per-View Model

News from MultiChoice Nigeria is that it may be considering adopting and introducing the Pay-Per-View (PPV) model for some of its content. Under this model - already used by many major cable and satellite TV platforms in Europe and the ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  NIGERIA: Mobile Phones Will Be The Television Of The Future - Strive Masiyiwa

TV content to be consumed only via mobile phones and tablets in less than 10 years! Dr Strive Masiyiwa, owner and executive Chairman of Kwese TV has claimed that most, if not all of the TV content will be consumed ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Cape Town TV Looks "Confidently" To The Future As It Celebrates 10 Years On Air

Cape Town TV, a community TV station in the South African province of Cape Town is celebrating the ten years milestone of uninterrupted broadcasting serving its community. Based in 'cosmopolitan suburb of Observatory' the TV station operates two working studios ...