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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 become 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 ...


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

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Kwesé And WorldRemit Enters Partnership Commitment

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Vision 4 Channel To Launch In Togo

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


ICT  |  ITSO Elects South African ICT Minister As Chairperson

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Content Services  |  Cartoon Network Seeks New Animation Talents From Africa

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Uganda: MTN Receives License Renewal Conditions

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Angola To Experience A Boost In Mobile Subscriber Penetration

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Vodacom Tanzania Seeking Better Revenue Opportunities

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Content Services  |  M-Net Announces New Epic African Series

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe: Econet Acquires Broadcasting License

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Nigerian Communications Commission Warns Telcos To Stop Cheating Subscribers

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Africanews TV Clocks Two

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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