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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Local Film  |  Kenyan Film Supa Modo Now Showing On Showmax

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Telstar Receives Mobile Phone Licence In Angola

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  MTN Receives More Spectrum In Nigeria

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zambia Lifts Prime TV Suspension With Immediate Effect

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Content Services  |  VIPI TV To Be Rolled Out In Kenya

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


Broadcasting Services  |  COO Of E-Media Investments Resigns

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


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

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


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

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


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Decreases Pay-TV Fees In Kenya

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Music Streaming  |  Universal Music Concludes Deal With Nigerian Streaming Service

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


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

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


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  MTN Nigeria Rolls Out Fibrenet In Abuja

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


Telecom  |  Uganda’s UCC Hikes Up MTN Licence Fee

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Broadcasting Satellite  |  SES Serves 355 Million Homes Via Satellite

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


Broadband  |  AfricaOnline Aims To Broaden Its Core Service In Ghana

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  New CEO Appointed At Telekom Networks Malawi

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


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

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


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

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


Content Services  |  Kenyan Film Director Secures A Project In Hollywood

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Vodafone And Movicel To Join Forces In Angola

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Pay TV  |  Institutions Raise Their Stakes In Recently Listed MultiChoice

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Content Services  |  Vox Africa Introduces New Travel Show

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Zambia Defends Prime TV License Suspension

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Vodafone And MTN Respectively Launch 4G In Ghana

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Tigo Chad Acquired By Morocco's Maroc Telecom

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Orange In Preparations To Launch 4G In Guinea

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Uzi Zambia Postpones Network Launch Once Again

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Music Streaming  |  Boomplay Inks A Licensing Deal With Warner Music

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Strengthens Inter-Africa Partnership With Microsoft

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Music and Entertainment  |  YouTube Music Rolls Out In South Africa

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  MTN Reinforces Its Dominance In The Cameroon Market

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Namibia Expels Possibility Of Stock Exchange Listing

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


Telecom  |  MTN Set To Launch Messenger Service To Rival WhatsApp

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  MTN Might Ditch Allegiances With Mascom Wireless Botswana

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Globacom Nigeria Maps Out Strategic Plans To Beat Competitors

Globacom Nigeria Limited said that it had put together some plans that will help place the Nigerian economy on the right digital path. These plans are also designed to hopefully enable the telecom operator to rival its numerous competitors. Globacom’s ...


Showcase Interview  |  “To Succeed, Content Producers And Local TV Hubs Must Establish Mutually Beneficial Relationships” – Agatha Amata, CEO Of Rave TV Nigeria

Agatha Amata, the CEO of Rave TV, has suggested that Nigeria’s content producers and media owners ought to develop mutually beneficial relationships in order for the industry to thrive in the era of digital television.   Ms Agatha, responding to ...


Telecom  |  Infrastructure Rental Debts Revealed As The Biggest Contributor To Total Telecom Debt In Nigeria

Investigations conducted by Nigeria Communications Week have revealed that infrastructure leasing debt is the biggest threat to service delivery in Nigeria’s telecoms sector.   The investigations showed that in the $456 million telecom debts profile recorded at the end of ...


Content Services  |  DStv’s Zambezi Magic Set To Launch ‘Date My Family Botswana’

Botswana’s production houses have been invited to present their pitches to produce Botswana's version of the popular Dstv dating show, 'Date My Family'. According to Mzansi Magic, the tv show aired on Zambezi Magic (DStv channel 160) helps singletons try ...


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

The countdown towards the eagerly awaited fourth season of Big Brother Naija has begun, and MultiChoice Nigeria has revealed that it is treating fans of the favourite reality TV show to a special reunion show and an exclusive pop-up channel ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Signs 4G Roaming Deal With MTN South Africa

Liquid Telecom South Africa has announced that it has inked a deal with MTN to provide 4G roaming to millions of South Africans. Liquid said that the deal would include LTE services to cater to the growing demand for high-speed ...


Telecom  |  MTN Zambia Appoints New CEO

MTN Zambia has announced that it has appointed Philip van Dalsen as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer to lead the country’s front-running network. Van Dalsen was CEO of MTN Cyprus up until this appointment. He is, however, familiar with ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Cell C Black Financial Report Reveals $37 Million Spent On Content Acquisition

Cell C’s financial report for the year that ended on 31 December 2018 reveals that it spent a staggering $37 million acquiring film and programme rights throughout the year. The rights are stated on the report as contractual obligations that ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa Misses Deadline For DTT In The Free State Province

The 28th of February 2019 marked the promised deadline for the complete switch-over from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the Free State region of South Africa. The province was earmarked to be the one that would be first ...


Digital Migration  |  Ivory Coast Teams Up With GatesAir For National Digital TV Transition

The government of Ivory Coast has announced that it will be collaborating with GatesAir technologies for the necessary services and equipment contract to back the country’s national digital TV (DTV) network. The first phase is made up of seven transmitter ...


Telecom  |  Cell C Announces Interim CEO

Cell C has released a statement revealing that it has appointed Douglas Craigie Stevenson as the interim Group Chief Executive officer of the business as from 1 March 2019. Up until this point Craigie Stevenson has held the position of ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Launches 4G sites In More Than 40 Cities In Kenya

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


Regulation  |  MultiChoice Group Lists On JSE Amidst Compliance Complaint

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


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Rolls Out MyDStv Mobile App In Kenya

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


Telecom  |  MTN To Collaborate With Eseye To Meet Demands Of IoT Customers In Africa

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


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  MainOne And Facebook Join Forces To Provide Open-Access Fibre Network In Nigeria

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


Content Services  |  Turner International To Launch SuperheroHQ Pop-Up Channel On DStv Across Africa

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


Digital TV  |  TNM Introduces New Digital TV Channel In Malawi

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


Telecom  |  Telkom South Africa Appoints Two New Executives

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


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

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Acquires South African Teen Series ‘Blood & Water’ To Continue Its Push Into African Originals

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


Telecom  |  9Mobile’s Newly-Launched Promo Rewards Subscribers In Nigeria

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


Film and Cinema  |  Nollywood Calls For Bundled Broadband Services To Boost Nigeria’s Digital Content

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


Telecom  |  Expresso Telecom Subscribers In Ghana Advised To Port To Other Networks Following License Revocation

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


Content Services  |  Reality TV Show ‘Our Perfect Wedding’ Nigeria Premieres On DStv’s Africa Magic

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


Digital Migration  |  South Africa’s Department Of Communications Plans To Fast-Track Digital Migration

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


Regulation  |  MTN SA In Hot Water With ICASA Over Unregulated WhatsApp Bundle Price Change

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


Pay TV  |  M-Net And MultiChoice Sell Rights Of Several Shows To The Africa Channel In The United States

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


Telecom  |  Vodafone Ghana Rolls Out A Range Of Eight New Data Bundles

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


Radio Broadcasting  |  Media Council Reveals That Radio Still Has The Largest Audience In Kenya

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Plans To Invest In More Original Content In South Africa After MultiChoice JSE Listing

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


Industry Expos  |  Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria (BON) And BMA To Convene Key Stakeholders On Content Creation, Development And Distribution For Digital TV

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


Telecom  |  AirtelTigo’s CEO Positive About Ghana’s Digitalisation Agenda

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


Telecom  |  Telecel Zimbabwe In Two Minds About Roaming Activation

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


Satellite Broadband  |  Amid Revenue Decline, Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa Says The Year Will Rebound

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


Telecom  |  MTN Chooses Oracle Cloud Applications To Steer Digital Transformation

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


Video-On-Demand  |  New Video Streaming Service, Viu Launches In South Africa And Acquires Digital Rights To Popular SABC Shows

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


Film and Cinema  |  Zimbabwean Film 'Another Wedding?' To Premiere On DStv’s Zambezi Magic

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


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

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


Content Services  |  Netflix Unveils First Locally-Acquired South African Series, 'Shadow'

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


Broadband  |  Orange Egypt And Telecom Egypt Sign New Bitstream Services Deal

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


Telecom  |  Rwanda Announces Rollout Of Its First Smartphone Factory

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


Content Services  |  ZEEL's Zee World Channel Celebrates 4 Years In Africa And Plans To Broadcast First Locally-Produced Content

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


Content Services  |  Trace Inks New Deals For Content Sales In Africa

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


Telecom  |  Safaricom Names Rose Ogega As Newly Appointed Board Member

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


Content Services  |  TVC Communications Opens Its New HD Studio In Nigeria

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


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Eutelsat Collaborates With Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation And Association Of Ethiopian Broadcasters For Video Capacity On Satellite

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


Telecom  |  MTN Transforms Mobile Internet Billing In Cameroon

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


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix’s Impact On South Africa’s Movie Theatres

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


Content Services  |  MTV Base’s Reality Show ‘Choose Or Lose’ Returns To The Screen In Nigeria

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


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

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


Pay TV  |  Naspers Releases $1.4 Billion To MultiChoice Shareholders, According To Reports

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


Content Services  |  Showmax Joins Forces With AFDA To Produce Local Student Films In SA

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


Regulation  |  NCC Serves Telcos With Hefty Fines for Not Complying With Regulations

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


Telecom  |  Analysts Reveal That South Africa’s 5G Rollout Will Take Longer Than Expected

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


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Announces That It Has 3 Million Subscribers In Nigeria

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


Regulation  |  ICASA Makes Amendments To South Africa’s Telecoms Regulations

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


Regulation  |  NCA Ghana And Togolese Regulator To Meet And Discuss Spectrum

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


Digital TV  |  E-Media Introduces ITV On DTT In Senegal

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


Pay TV  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Served With ICASA Complaint Ahead Of JSE Listing

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


Content Services  |  StarTimes Adds Plus TV Africa: 24-hour News Channel To Its Offering

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


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya And Airtel Kenya Announce Upcoming Merger

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


Telecom  |  Ethiopia Gears Up To Create New Telecoms Regulator

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


Telecommunications Satellite  |  Rwanda To Launch Its First Telecom Satellite

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


Content Services  |  SuperSport Signs Deal To Make EFC Available On Its Platform In Sub-Saharan Africa

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


Advertising  |  Media Council Of Kenya Orders Researchers To Provide Accurate Data

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


Broadband  |  NCC Announces That 60 Million Nigerians Will Enjoy Broadband Internet

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


Content Services  |  MultiChoice's Showmax To Launch Its First Local Travel-Comedy Show ‘Trippin’ With Skhumba’

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


Wifi Connectivity  |  Vodafone And Facebook To Roll Out Express Wifi In Ghana

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


Content Services  |  Sony Pulls Two More Channels From Cell C Black

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


Telecom  |  Sirius Telecoms Launches MVNO Services In Senegal

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


Pay TV  |  DStv Reveals That It Has Secured More Subscribers Than Netflix In Africa

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


Telecom  |  Africom, PowerTel And Zarnet Form A Merger In Zimbabwe

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


Pay TV  |  South Africa’s Competition Commission Says It Will Not Prosecute MultiChoice And SuperSport

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


Telecom  |  Veon Wants 42% More Stake In Egypt's Global Telecom Holdings

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


Broadcast Rights  |  NCC Plans To Introduce New Broadcast Policy In Nigeria

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


Telecom  |  MTN Shares Drop Despite Expected 20% Higher Annual Earnings

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


Broadcast Rights  |  CRAN Says No Radio Broadcast Licenses Will Be Issued In Namibia For 15 Months

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


Radio Broadcasting  |  Great Zimbabwe University Launches State-Of-The-Art Campus Radio Station

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


Telecom  |  Airtel Plans To Invest $2.4 billion To Push 4G In Africa

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


Video-On-Demand  |  History Is Made In Nigeria As NBC Launches VoD, Free Tv

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


Satellite TV  |  China Rolls Out Satellite TV Project In Uganda

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


Content Services  |  MultiChoice's Big Brother Naija Auditions Bring Nigeria To A Standstill

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


Content Services  |  Sony Pictures Television Networks Pulls Sony Channel And Sony Max From Cell C Black

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


Film and Cinema  |  Nollywood Widens International Reach And Secures A Bright Future For Nigerian Films

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa’s Premier Soccer League Threatens To Shut Down If ICASA Breaks DStv Monopoly

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


Telecom  |  MTN Reduces Prepaid Out Of Bundle Rates

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


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Nigeria Welcomes New CEO As Justin Zhang Takes A Bow

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Places A Hold On Planned Mass-Retrenchments

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


Broadband  |  Telecel Zimbabwe Targets The SoHo Market With New Data Offers

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


Content Services  |  'The Voice SA' To Premiere On M-Net This Week

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


Industry Expos  |  Harish Goyal, CEO, Zee TV Africa Set To Take Advantage Of The Burgeoning Growth In Africa’s OTT Content Streaming and Video-on-demand Space.

Harish Goyal, CEO of Zee TV Africa is urging media and broadcasting industry stakeholders to arm themselves with knowledge in order to benefit from the wealth of opportunities that goes hand-in-hand with successfully delivering OTT content streaming and VOD to ...


Industry Expos  |  Africa’s TV Content Creators, Distributors and Regulators Set To Convene In Lagos, Nigeria For Landmark Meeting

As TV systems and infrastructure go digital, and TV everywhere becomes a reality, professionals and executives must understand what will be driving the creation, development and the delivery of the quality and range of TV content to meet the expectations ...


Content Services  |  M-Net To Add Nigerian Drama series, Halita, To Africa Magic Family

M-Net has introduced a brand new weekday drama series, Halita. The fast-paced drama will air on Africa Magic Family (DStv 154) as from Monday 4 February, and revolves around a Northern Nigeria woman forced to flee from her village and ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Adds Three More NTA Channels To DStv

MultiChoice Nigeria has once again expanded the content catalogue on its DStv platform with the introduction of three new stations from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and also a spanking-new local entertainment channel that starts on the 31st January 2019. ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Airtel Uganda Collaborates With Kwese Iflix To Bring Live Sports To Smartphones

Airtel Uganda has joined forces with Kwesé iflix to launch a mobile platform that will offer live sports, cutting edge programming, video-on-demand and download to watch later entertainment to mobile TV services in Uganda. This collaboration comes a few weeks ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Preparing For A Big Network Revamp

Liquid Telecom is currently busy with the most significant network modernisation project that it has undertaken in over ten years. The network revamp, which began in August 2018, includes replacing old infrastructure across its main networks. Liquid Telecom’s CEO Reshaad ...


Digital TV  |  Cote d’Ivoire To Deploy Digital Terrestrial Television In February

Official sources have reported that the installation of digital terrestrial television (DTT) would start in Cote d’Ivoire’s Abidjan region in February. The Minister of Communication and Media, Sidiki Tiémoko Touré announced at a ceremony that the launch of digital terrestrial ...


Video-On-Demand  |  TopStar Adds Three More Zambian Stations To StarTimes ON App

TopStar’s Vice President, Cliff Sichone has revealed that the public signal distributor will be carrying more Zambian channels. He said that TopStar has the broadest terrestrial signal coverage that carries more than 20 Zambian TV Stations over 64 transmitters across ...


Industry Expos  |  “Keep up with new advancements in broadcast content delivery or go extinct,” Says Farhad Omar, CEO, ITV Networks

Farhad Omar, CEO of ITV Networks warns industry stakeholders of the trouble they could potentially find themselves in if they neglect to pay attention and explore the various ways to keep up with the rapidly evolving media industry, especially with ...


Entertainment and Media  |  Ghana To host The 8th DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

Ghana is preparing to host the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for the second time since the award’s inception in 2011. Ghana was also the first country to produce a poster winner during the first edition of the  DStv Eutelsat Star ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC And Ster-Kinekor To Pay Hefty Fine For Price Fixing

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Ster-Kinekor movie cinemas and the media house Primedia have admitted to being involved in price-fixing and have signed settlement agreements with the Competition Commission. This follows an investigation that began in November 2011 which ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC World News To Launch New Magazine Show In Africa

BBC World News is rolling out a new weekly programme, In Business Africa, to explore the trends shaping Africa's future. In Business Africa will be presented by Lerato Mbele-Roberts and Nancy Kacungira. Kacungira, a seasoned journalist from Uganda and the ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Distributes Set-Top Boxes To Its Media Partners In Guinea

StarTimes recently offered decoders and two years of subscription to its Guinean media partners for their collaboration and support in promoting their services. According to Qiao Ying, the Director of Startimes, 2018 was a fantastic year for StarTimes which marked ...


Industry Expos  |  “Africa’s Broadcast Industry Must Create Platforms To Expand Audience Base And Footprint” – Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA)

Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA) believes that OTT content streaming and VOD can contribute to diversity and media plurality by increasing accessibility of content services to a broader variety of audiences. Botlenyana, in ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix’s Effect On South African Content

Due to Netflix’s rapid growth in South Africa, MyBroadband recently had discussions with various experts about whether the global streaming giant could overtake DStv in terms of popularity in South Africa. They also highlighted that Netflix is more affordable than ...


Telecom  |  Orange Secures Burkina Faso’s First 4G Licence

The French telecoms operator Orange has bagged Burkina Faso's first 4G permit and has also had its 2G and 3G licences renewed as the West African country moves towards catching up with continental counterparts on service rollout. Ben Cheick Haidara, ...


Telecom  |  Uganda WarnsTelecoms Against Economy Exploitation

Uganda’sPresident Yoweri Museveni has stated that the business stakeholders in the country should have a win-win situation without exploiting the economy and citizens in an effort to avoid complaints between Ugandan citizens and foreign investors. The Ugandan government has reportedly ...


Pay TV  |  Kwese Hints That It Might Unveil Cross-Network Affordable Streaming Packages

Kwese Play is an HD internet TV decoder that allows its subscribers to combine the power of online streaming with the trill of entertainment. The decoder was unveiled quietly last year by Kwese and is currently available at selected digital ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice South Africa Seals Naspers Split With Dividend Plan

Africa’s largest pay-TV business MultiChoice plans to cough up a 2.5 billion rand ($181 million) dividend two years after leaving its mother-ship of three decades - e-commerce and media group Naspers - and getting a listing solo in South Africa. ...


Content Services  |  BeIN Sports Scores International South American Football Rights In North Africa

The Qatar-based pay-TV operator, BeIN Media has struck an exclusive broadcast rights deal for South American football. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), BeIN Media and FC Diez signed a multi-year media rights agreement that will award BeIN Sports the ...


Pre-Event Interview  |  “Industry Must Adapt As Traditional TV Declines And Online Entertainment Expands Across Africa” - Surie Ramasary, Ex-CEO Black (by Cell C)

Surie Ramasary, former Chief Executive of Black, Cell C’s streaming service platform has described a future of Africa’s broadcast and media industry where Traditional TV services may continue to decline as digital online entertainment expand. Surie, in an interview with ...


Telecom  |  MTN Zambia And Kirusa Rollout Roaming Service App

MTN Zambia and Kirusa have announced that they are launching ReachMe, a new roaming service for customers travelling outside of Zambia. According to a joint statement by the companies, by using the service subscribers will benefit from a significant reduction ...


Pay TV  |  Analysts Predict Uncertain Times For MultiChoice Following JSE Listing Announcement

The internet giant Naspers announced this week that its video entertainment business MultiChoice Group would list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on 27 February. Last year, Naspers had said that it was planning to list MultiChoice separately on the ...


Broadband  |  Surfline Increases Its 4G LTE Footprint In Ghana

Ghana’s front-running 4G LTE internet service provider, Surfline Communications Limited, has finally decided to expand its network coverage. Surfline has announced that it is increasing its footprint in Accra and that it plans to add more locations to its network ...


Telecom  |  Globacom Nigeria Joins Forces With Nokia Alcatel-Lucent

Bella Disu, the Group Executive Director of Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company, Globacom, announced a newly-signed deal with Nokia Alcatel-Lucent, an international telecom equipment manufacturing company, to install, supply and integrate a new Sure Pay Intelligent Network platform that would substantially ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Zambia Welcomes Its First Female CEO

Liquid Telecom has appointed Susan M'kandawire Mulikita as the new CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia to boost growth and market penetration all across the country. The highly experienced ICT professional, Susan Mulikita is the very first female CEO to join ...


Telecom  |  MTN Pays $53 Million Central Bank Of Nigeria Settlement Fee

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced to the international news provider, Reuters that MTN has finally paid the $53 million settlement in order to resolve its legal dispute with the CBN. The matter ...


Content Services  |  Turner Reports That Its Africa’s Ratings Are Higher Than Ever

According to its business reports, Turner Africa had a very successful end to 2018, with its combined kids multiplex and entertainment channel, TNT, achieving much more reach and rating results than ever before. In November, Turner Kids celebrated having spent ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice To Start Trading Its Shares Next Month

Naspers has announced that its video entertainment business, the MultiChoice Group, will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) as from 27 February. This is after Naspers revealed last year that it was planning to list MultiChoice separately on the ...


Content Services  |  Kwesé Iflix Adds A New Channel To Growing Lifestyle Line-Up

Kwese iflix, one of Africa’s leading digital entertainment platforms has announced the addition of the international channel Scoop Network to its diverse content catalogue. Kwesé iflix users will now be able to enjoy many hours of showbiz from the stylish ...


News Broadcasting  |  BBC Introduces New TV/Radio Programmes In Nigeria

As Nigeria moves closer to its general election in 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa, has introduced new radio and television programmes across all its partner TV stations in Nigeria. In a statement that was published on the BBC ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Commits To Continue To Carry Showmax Losses

The CEO of the MultiChoice Group, Calvo Mawela has announced that MultiChoice will continue carrying losses accumulated by Showmax in the “medium term”, but the goal is for the streaming television service to eventually make a profit once broadband infrastructure ...


Telecom  |  Uzi Zambia Announces February 2019 Launch

Zambia's fourth mobile phone service provider Uzi Zambia has confirmed that it will launch its operations in February 2019. Uzi, whose majority shareholder is Unitel International Holdings B.V registered in the Netherlands, received a network licence in March 2018, that ...


Sports Rights  |  Vodacom SA Bags Live Broadcast Rights For The FA Cup 2018-2019

Vodacom’s video-on-demand-service, Video Play has been granted the live broadcasting rights for the British football tournament FA Cup 2018-2019. This means that lovers of football, who use the Vodacom network can register for Video Play and enjoy the next five ...


Telecom  |  9Mobile Nigeria Welcomes On Board New Chief Financial Officer

In Nigeria the Telecommunications firm, 9mobile has announced the addition of Mr Phillips Oki as its newly appointed Chief Financial Officer. Stephanie Beuvelet, 9mobile's Acting Managing Director, disclosed this in an issued statement in Lagos on Monday 21 January 2019. ...


Broadband  |  Konnect Africa To Roll-Out Satellite Broadband In Côte d’Ivoire

The initiative from Eutelsat that is dedicated to satellite broadband throughout the African continent, Konnect Africa, revealed that it is now launching new internet access offers in Côte d’Ivoire. According to information provided by the Telecommunications Sector Observatory of the ...


Telecom  |  NCC Grants Nigeria’s Telcos Licence For $200m VAS Market

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has awarded an additional nine telecommunications firms, Value Added Services (VAS) aggregator licensing in an effort to deepen the VAS market. The NCC board made the recommendation that Nine Jojar Limited, I-Cell Media Limited, 21st ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria’s Pay TV Operators Fail To Provide ‘Pay-As-You-Consume’ Viewing

There is a widespread belief amongst Nigeria’s pay-TV subscribers that pay-television services are too expensive, especially when the operators continuously increase prices for their services. In addition to that, research has shown that subscribers generally watch only 15% or so ...


Industry Expos  |  Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Broadcast And Media To Take Center Stage At Key Industry Stakeholders Meeting In April 2019

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) has announced that it is collaborating with key industry partners to host a key meeting on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th April ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax To Launch New South African Original Series

Showmax has launched the trailer for The Girl from St. Agnes, and it looks like a fascinating and creepy adventure. The series is shot in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and is the second South African original show from the streaming ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya To Invest Millions In Expanded Network Capacity And Coverage

Telkom Kenya will dedicate over $9.8mil into the optimisation and expansion of its 3G and 4G network. The network roll-out will ensure the improvement of mobile connectivity by boosting the quality of service to users. Mugo Kibati, the CEO of ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Treats GOtv Subscribers To A Top Up Campaign Offer

MultiChoice Nigeria is giving subscribers on its GOtv platform a major reason to smile this new year with the rollout of GOtv’s ‘Top Up’ campaign. Starting from Tuesday, 15 January up until Monday, 15 April, 2019, all active as well ...


Telecom  |  Tanzania: Millicom Earmarks Full Ownership Of Zantel

The international telecommunications company Millicom, operating through its Tigo brand, wants to secure full ownership of the Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) by raising its current stake in the operator from 85% to 100%. In an effort to achieve this, Millicom is ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  South Africa: Intelsat SA Joins GSMA To Encourage Integration of Satellite And Terrestrial Solutions

Intelsat SA, the operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and frontrunner in integrated satellite communications, has announced its recent collaboration with GSMA, the organisation that represents mobile operators globally, to further strengthen the merger of satellite and terrestrial technologies ...


Broadband  |  Vodafone Ghana Customers To Receive 4G LTE Services By April

Vodafone Ghana’s customers will soon be offered superior internet connectivity services on their network. Vodafone Ghana’s officials say plans are advanced in the instalment of its newly purchased 4G LTE spectrum by the second quarter of 2019. Yolanda Cuba, the ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix South Africa’s Speeds Are Among The Slowest Globally

Netflix has revealed that on its ISP Speed Index for December 2018, South Africa still very low in the rankings. South Africa’s achieved an average ISP speed of 2.63Mbps in December, an increase over the previous month’s average. Despite the ...


Content Services  |  Big Brother Nigeria 4th Season Production To Be Moved From Johannesburg To Lagos

M-Net West Africa and MultiChoice Nigeria have announced that a new season of Big Brother Nigeria will be filmed in 2019. Production of the anticipated 4th season of Big Brother Naija is moving from Johannesburg, South Africa to Lagos, Nigeria. ...


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa: MultiChoice And SABC To Respond To ICASA’s Sports Broadcasting Review

Both the SABC and MultiChoice are preparing their responses to regulations set by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) that have the potential to challenge SuperSport's monopoly of sport broadcasting rights in South Africa. The draft of the ...


Telecom  |  NCC Implements 9Mobile Damage Control

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started putting together measures to prevent any disruption of service at 9mobile following reports that Teleology Holdings might possibly abandon its acquisition deal of the troubled operator. Even though none of the parties involved ...


Telecom  |  Bharti Airtel In Negotiations To Acquire Telkom Kenya

Bharti Airtel is in talks to purchase Telkom Kenya, which will help the telco sink its roots deeper in the east African market and boost the valuation of Airtel Africa. Telkom Kenya is the third-largest telecommunications operator in Kenya with ...


Content Services  |  Zambia: SuperSport Introduces New Outside Broadcast Partner And Restates Commitment To Zambia

SuperSport has been a big supporter of the Zambian Football League since 2012 and has invested over US$ 5.3 million in licence fee payments to the Football Association of Zambia over the years to broadcast league matches and game highlights ...


Content Services  |  UNILAG TV Airs On StarTimes

The University of Lagos ( UNILAG ) is launching Nigeria’s very first campus television station, UNILAG TV. The station is which boasts top of the range technical facilities is scheduled to air on StarTimes digital broadcast, Channel 184. Mr Adebisi ...


Digital TV  |  South Africa: Free State Digital Migration Date Extended To February

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has moved the deadline for switching over from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the Free State to the end of February. The initial deadline was 31 December 2018. According to the DOC, ...


Telecom  |  Uganda’s President Surprised That MTN Was Charged Less For Licence Renewal

According to the letter seen by Reuters, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has been very critical about the telecommunications regulator’s decision to slash MTN Uganda’s fee for renewing its telecoms licence. Ugandan media reported that the Uganda Communications Commission ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Financial Woes Affect South Africa’s Music Industry

According to the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the SABC stopped making payments on music royalties for songs used on its radio stations and television last year. South African news publication, City Press has reported that SAMRO — in ...


Digital TV  |  Practitioners To Explore Future Of Content Creation And Distribution For Digital Television In Africa

Broadcast Media Africa has announced that it will be hosting The 2nd International Industry Forum On Content Creation, Development And Distribution For Digital Television in Lagos, Nigeria, on Tuesday 26th – Wednesday 27th March 2019. As TV infrastructure and systems ...


Telecom  |  Mauritania: Three Operators Fined US$1.5-Million Because Of Service Failure

Mauritania's three telco operators, Mattel, Mauritel and Chinguitel will each have to cough up a portion of a US$1.5-million fine that has been issued by the Regulatory Authority for Posts and Telecommunications (ARPT) due to the poor quality of voice ...


Digital TV  |  Nigeria: Minister Of Information And Culture Distributes Free Chinese-Funded Satellite TV In Nigerian Villages

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has rolled out a project to issue free satellite television to over 1000 villages all across Nigeria. The Chinese government is funding the project. Mohammed kicked off the project on Monday 14 ...


Telecom  |  Helios Towers Joins South African Market With Vulatel Collaboration

Telecommunications tower operator Helios Towers has made its entrance into the South African market, promising large investments in infrastructure as the country moves towards 5G. A representative of Helios Towers said that through its partnership with local partner South Africa’s ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Says It Will Not Operate Pay As You View System

Multichoice, the giant pay-TV operator, announced recently that it would not operate the "Pay-as-you-view" tariff system in Nigeria, in spite of high demands for such. Martin Mabutho, The Chief Customer Officer of Multichoice, made the statement in an interview with ...


Content Services  |  DSTV: Comedy Central Rebrands For The First Time In Eight Years

DStv channel 122, Comedy Central has unveiled its first rebrand in eight years, which aims to put the spotlight on the pay-TV channel’s diverse range of shows and its online content rather than to overshadow it. Comedy Central was founded ...


Broadband  |  Kenya: Safaricom Launches Home Fibre In Nyeri

One of Safaricom’s most popular products is Home Fibre. It was launched over two years ago and since then has covered a large part of Nairobi. The initial roll-out, which targeted the Kikuyu and Nairobi East areas, focused on places ...


Telecom  |  Former Orange Exec Joins Liquid To Run MEWA Business

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has hired Mohamed Abdel Bassit as its brand new Regional CEO for the Middle East and West Africa (MEWA), starting in January 2019. The company issued a statement explaining that Bassit would be based in ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Teleology May Pull Out Of 9mobile Acquisition Amid Board Disagreements

There is a chance that Teleology Holdings could decide to walk away from its hard-won acquisition of Nigeria’s 9mobile after reports started doing the rounds about the operator’s management shooting down the buyer’s turnaround plan. After a sales process that ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Confirms That Showmax South Africa Is Not Going Anywhere

The recent news that Naspers is shutting down Showmax video streaming service in Poland on 31 January 2019 has raised some questions in the industry about the company’s sustainability. Showmax first widened its reach to Europe in February 2017 when ...


Telecom  |  Niger: Orange Reaches Settlement Agreement In $38Mil Tax Dispute

The telecoms firm Orange Niger and the General Tax Directorate of Niger have finally reached an amicable settlement agreement concerning the tax adjustment dispute between them that has been going on since November 29, 2018.   According to sources that ...


Pay TV  |  TV Cabo Mozambique Fined For Tax Evasion

According to the Mozambican independent newspaper, @Verdade, TV Cabo Mozambique recently lost its second appeal to the Administrative Tribunal over a conviction for tax evasion, and must now pay a fine of just over $39 000,00 to the national treasury. ...


Telecom  |  MTN May Face S&P Downgrade If It Lifts Exposure To Nigeria

S&P Global Ratings has sent a warning to MTN stating that should the telecoms operator increase its relative exposure to Nigeria — the West African country that has demanded billions of dollars from MTN in recent years — its debt ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice’s New Promo Comes With Offer For Subscribers To Upgrade

As part of its pledge to provide the best quality pay television service and also to reward loyal subscribers, Multichoice Nigeria, the owner of GOTV and DSTV, has kicked off a new promo tagged “Step-Up’’. The Step-Up offer, will officially ...


Content Services  |  Africa Launches Its First Short-Format Sitcom

‘The Bellos', Africa's first ever short-format sitcom for social media and TV is now released. The show is produced by the KMP Media Group in Johannesburg and was written by Cilla Lowen, a screenwriter who has a fantastic penchant for ...


Broadband  |  Vodafone Prepares For Q2 4G Rollout In Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has announced plans to start rolling out 4G services all across the country in the second quarter of 2019, after its successful bid for Ghana's second 4G license. This puts the company toe-to-toe with MTN (which received its ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom South Africa To Launch Multi-Billion Rand 4G Network

Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the front-running pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has announced that it will roll out a multi-billion Rand 4G network in South Africa. Wholesale roaming services will be made available on Liquid Telecom’s networks throughout ...


Content Services  |  Ethiopia: Kana TV Reinforces Its Commitment To Local Content As Media Reform Increases Competition

Ethiopia’s new Government Communications Minister, Ahmed Shide announced at the end of 2018 that the country could expect legislative and institutional improvements. He declared that the reform of media and communications would be one of the Ethiopian government’s high priority ...


Industry Meeting  |  Key Players Set To Chart The Future Of Africa’s OTT Content Streaming And VOD Services At Industry Forum

Market and Industry Intelligence platform, Broadcast Media Africa (BMI) and the Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) are confirming that key executives will converge for the  Industry Forum On OTT Content Streaming And VOD Services in Johannesburg, taking place on Tuesday ...


Pay TV  |  Zimbabwe Orders Foreign Satellite Service Companies To Pay Tax

Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped government has changed its Finance Bill to allow it to tax foreign satellite service providers such as MultiChoice. Parliament has agreed to the amendment of Section 14 of the Income Tax Act so that charges and all other ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Settlement Deal Fails To Pull Up Share Price

MTN executives may have hoped that investors would cut them some slack after they got a potential fine payment of $8.1bn in Nigeria decreased to $53m last month. Unfortunately, at this point, the numbers on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) ...


Telecom  |  Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom Plans To Buy Communications Satellite

According to the Ethiopian news hub, The Reporter, Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications operator, Ethio Telecom, is toying with the idea of acquiring a communications satellite to provide connectivity to rural areas of Ethiopia as well as to economic industries in the ...


Pay TV  |  Research Shows That Sub-Saharan Pay-TV Numbers Will Increase Rapidly By 2024

According to a report released by Digital TV Research, Sub-Saharan Africa will gain over 16 million pay-TV subscribers between 2018 and 2024 and will reach a total of 45.63 million. The research company’s report on ‘Sub-Saharan Africa Pay-TV Forecasts’ predicts ...


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa: ICASA Plans To Put An End To MultiChoice’s DStv Monopoly On Sport

The Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA) has unveiled its Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations 2018, which aim at making big sporting events accessible for free to all citizens of South Africa. High-profile sporting events, especially for well-loved ...


Pay TV  |  Kwese TV Introduces Free Bouquet

Kwesé TV has been making big strides in the pay-TV industry and is said to be the most rapidly growing broadcast network on the continent. The popular pay-TV platform is available in all English speaking countries in sub-Saharan African through ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s MPs Return To Work Early To Fill SABC Positions

In Johannesburg, South Africa, members of Parliament are expected to return to their duties early this year in a race to lessen the load on the SABC which currently has the crisis of operating without a solid board. Last month, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria’s TVC News Is Awarded Best TV Station Of The Year

Because of its invaluable contribution to Nigeria’s broadcasting industry, TVC News, an entity of TVC Communications, has won the NBC award for the “Best Television Station of the Year” at the prestige 26th Nigerian Media Merit Awards (NMMA). To grab ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Brain Trust Initiative To Unleash The Power Of Digital Media In Africa

Media in sub-Saharan Africa is at a crossroads. Journalism as a change agent within sub-Saharan Africa has lagged, due primarily to the lack of commercially vibrant media and editorially independent media institutions. This has weakened sub-Saharan Africa’s democratic governance processes ...


Video-On-Demand  |  MultiChoice And Startimes Worried About Netflix Entry Into Nigeria

Pay-TV companies, StarTimes and MultiChoice, are concerned about the threat that the Nigerian TV scene might be under with the involvement of global streaming service, Netflix. Affected by Netflix’s rapidly growing popularity among African viewers, MultiChoice -Africa’s largest pay-TV operator, ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Ghanaian Multimedia Group Chosen As Official Media Partner For 3Music Awards

Ghana’s front-running private English speaking radio station, Joy FM and its two media affiliates– Hitz FM and Joy Prime– have been confirmed as official media partners for the revolutionary Ghanaian music awards show – the 3Music Awards. The awards show ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: NCC Assures That No Telecom Subscriber Will Be Disconnected Due To Interconnect Debt

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has assured the public that none of the telecoms subscribers in Nigeria will suffer disruptions or be disconnected as a direct result of its recent decision to permit the disconnection of the indebted operators from ...


Telecom  |  MTN Shares Rise Following Settlement With Nigeria

The South African telecoms giant MTN's shares went up by eight percent on the 27th December 2018 after it settled a dispute with Nigeria’s central bank for only a fraction of the $8.1 billion it had threatened to cost. MTN ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Rival Iflix Walks Away From Africa Business To Focus On Asia

Iflix, the Netflix competitor that’s backed by Sky, is leaving Africa to pay more attention to its business in Asia. The Malaysia-based company announced that it had sold off the last remaining shares in its Africa business — Kwesé Iflix ...


Content Services  |  Chinese-Backed Dating Show Takes African Countries By Storm

Godfred Wafula, a 25-year-old restaurant waiter, and Deiz Nandako, a 21-year-old student at the University of Nairobi had never imagined that they would find love as a result of the filming of Hello Mr Right, a blind dating TV show ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Audiences In Egypt And North Africa Binge On Free-To-Air TV

There are more than 500 free-to-air channels available through NileSAT to North Africa and the Middle East. This is by far the highest number all around the globe of free TV on one satellite. The Egyptian Satellite Company was started ...


Pay TV  |  DStv Opens Up Some Premium Channels For The Festive Season

DStv is giving its lower-tiered customers an early Christmas present by opening up some of its premium channels during the end of the year and the beginning-of-2019 festive period. Starting from Tuesday, 18 December until Friday, 4 January 2019, SuperSport ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: ATCON Criticises NCC’s Instruction To Disconnect Indebted Network Operators

Following the directive given by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to have a number of networks disconnected due to the inability to settle infrastructure and interconnect debts, key members of the industry have expressed that in their opinion, this is ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Malawi Pledges To Support Local Filmmakers

MultiChoice Malawi has made a promise to support local filmmakers and ensure that they get their content played on DStv. The promise of commitment was made recently by Gus Banda, MultiChoice Malawi’s General Manager, at their year-end showcase that was ...


Content Services  |  Mnet Launches Pop-Up Channel East Africa Movie Fest For All DStv Subscribers

Mnet has announced that East Africa Movie Fest, a brand new pop-up channel featuring films from East Africa, will be available on DStv Channel 197 from the 10th December 2018 up until the 03rd February 2019 to all DStv customers ...


Telecom  |  TelOne Urges Zimbabwean Government To Take Over Its Debt

A senior executive at Zimbabwe’s telecoms operator, TelOne, said that the Zimbabwean government should take over TelOne’s legacy debts that amount to over $383 million in order for the company to realise a meaningful value out of the privatisation process ...


Content Services  |  Ghana’s Music Platform, Fiesta TV Is Now Offered In Sub-Saharan Africa On DStv And GOtv

Viewers across Africa will now have direct access to West Africa and Ghana’s most prominent artists, songs and celebrity news live from Accra on DStv (329) and GOtv (159) plus on the go via the DStv Now app. DStv and ...


Content Services  |  Vubiquity Joins Forces With Discover Digital For Zimbabwe Deal

The Amdocs-owned technology firm and on-demand operator Vubiquity has inked a multi-year deal with the payment platform Discover Digital to offer local and international content to African service providers, starting with TelOne Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) in Zimbabwe. The ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SIU Report Exposes Irregularities In R185m SABC Security Tender

In South Africa, a preliminary Special Investigating Unit probe has discovered that a R185m ($12 mil) SABC security tender was irregularly granted by its interim board and should now be set aside. The SIU said that these initial investigations revealed ...


Video-On-Demand  |  New Video Streaming Service Launches In South Africa And Offers British TV Shows

Acorn TV, another global video streaming service, has launched in South Africa offering viewers British and international television series. Acorn TV comes in at the cost of $4.99 (R71.51) per month, originates from North America and has now expanded and ...


Content Services  |  Kwese-iflix Promotes Local Content By Collaborating With Bustop TV

Kwese-iflix has joined forces with the media company, BusTop TV in bringing the comedy series, Comic Tick, to the Kwese-iflix platform. Bustop TV had already aired the first season (which consisted of 10 episodes) of the comedy series Comic Tick ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Mozambique And Intelsat In 3G Partnership To Promote Tourism

Vodacom Mozambique will receive a solution from the integrated satellite network solutions company, Intelsat SA,  to meet the local demand for 3G services within the tourism industry. Under a multi-year contract with Vodacom International, Intelsat has enhanced a network operated ...


Telecom  |  Unitel International To Make Waves In Zambian Market

UZI Zambia Mobile Ltd, an entity of the Dutch-headquartered and global Unitel International Holdings BV, is scheduled to begin operations in Zambia as from early 2019 as the country’s fourth mobile service provider. Zambia’s Secretary of Communications, Misheck Lungu told ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Zimbabwe Prepares For Launch Of New OTT Broadcasting Player -HStv

Zimbabwe’s largest media house, Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) is getting ready to roll out HEART & SOUL Broadcasting Services (HStv) and is almost done with the preparation of programming as well as talent scouting. The online radio station was granted ...


Telecom  |  MTN Names Its New CTO And Other Executives

MTN has announced that it has appointed a group of new top executives, including a brand new Group Chief Technology and Information Officer. Charles Molapisi will join the telecoms giant as the newly appointed MTN group CTO effective from the ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Shuts Down Its Streaming Service In Europe

Naspers has announced that it has decided to shut down Showmax video streaming services in Poland on 31 January 2019. The media group said that this decision stemmed from the announcement of Naspers’ intent to list its pan-Africa video entertainment ...


Digital TV  |  Analogue Nears The End In Zambia

The era of analogue TV in Zambia is reportedly nearing the end. Last month, Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Dora Siliya hosted a conference on the journey towards digital broadcasting and the impact that it had on Zambia’s ...


Content Services  |  Ghana Launches Health Channel For The Elderly In A Difficult Local TV Sector

The Managing Director of Itex Media Ghana, Michael Adjey Gyang declared in an interview with Balancing Act Africa that his media house was launching a new health channel. Gyang is one of Ghana’s veteran broadcasting professionals and has previously worked ...


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 ...