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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 deal Orange would be the very first alternative operator in ...


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, both media organisations will receive nationwide coverage for their free-to-air ...


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 continued browsing. The customer will now have the option to ...


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 consulting firm's 2019 predictions for the South African l ICT ...


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.   Leading up to its launch, the TV station had been ...


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 on Space Inclusion in Africa. Before the rollout, the Rwandan ...


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 Companies of Nigeria in Abuja recently. The Executive Vice-Chairman also ...


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 carrier-grade Wi-Fi. Available in areas like Jamestown, Nima, Pig Farm, ...


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 institutional training of broadcasters. At a time when the Zimbabwean ...


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 programmes supported by China. At the handover ceremony, the Speaker ...


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 income from the average revenue per user – and data ...


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 television had been scheduled for February 8, 2019. Work to ...


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, the Managing Director of Orange Burkina Faso, said that the ...


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 in the cost of receiving and making calls whilst outside ...


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 in order to further extend its reach. Already, many more ...


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 boost the experience of Globacom subscribers. Disu made this announcement ...


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 Telecommunications Regulator/ICT of Côte d’Ivoire (ARTCI), the number of fixed ...


Nigeria: NCC Urges Federal Government To Review National Broadband Plan

Telecoms operators and The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) have called on the government to re-look at the National Broadband Plan, which expired in December 2018. The National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 had penetration goals for mobile and fixed broadband. Nigeria achieved the target of 30 percent broadband penetration rate by December ...


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 and advance 5G installations. Intelsat has become a full member ...


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 Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana, said that Vodafone pledges to ...


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 increase in its average speed, South Africa’s overall ranking on ...


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 go digital, industry executives and professionals must understand the opportunities ...


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 January 2018 in Kpaduma 3, a village that is in ...


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 Vulatel, it plans to make major fixed-line telecoms and wireless ...


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 that were not served by competing products. This was a ...


Nigeria Hits 31% Broadband Penetration Goal

The Nigerian Communications Commission confirmed that Nigeria had reached its target of 31 percent broadband penetration. In a statement, the NCC said that the data was based on factual indices, contrary to some insinuations that the country was nowhere near the 31 percent mark. The National Broadband Plan, which ran ...


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 4G license in 2016) and also puts extra pressure on ...


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 the country as of early 2019. According to the CEO ...


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 in 1996, and it operates according to the free zones ...


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 by Vodacom Mozambique utilising the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellite facility. ...


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 a digital broadcasting licence in September, and the management of ...


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 media sector. Siyila said that in her opinion, the whole ...


Mozambique Looks Forward To Raising Over US$83-Million From Spectrum Auction

According to the National Institute of Communications of Mozambique (INACOM), the government of Mozambique is well on its way to raising approximately US$83.4-million from selling new spectrum of frequencies to telecom operators. INACOM is the regulator in charge of the process. Three spectrum bands were offered at the auction – ...


ZNBC Turns Off Analogue Television

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation has announced that it will switch off analogue television by the 31st December 2018. ZNBC’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Yvette Chanda, however, said that five districts would not be switched off. Chanda said that the areas that will remain on analogue are Senga Hill, Mbala, Nakonde, ...


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 the TV White Space Technology to install broadband services in ...


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 three different bands in preparation for the 5G roll-out in ...


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 Internet by the end of 2018. The ITU has found ...


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 a number of national and international networks. The project also ...


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 unsubscribing from chargeable SMS services and viewing subscriptions. Other queries ...


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 allow them to stream movies and videos from platforms such ...


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 Telecom, an extension of Econet Wireless Global, plans to invest ...


Ghana’s Government Emphasizes Commitment To Television White Space Development

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister of Communications, has reiterated the government’s commitment to the development of Television White Space (TVWS). The TVWS refers to unused TV channels that are between the active ones in the Very High Frequency (VHF) and UHF spectrum, which can also be installed for broadband services.  She ...


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 with Balancing Act Africa about giving customers faster speeds and ...


Ethiopia Aims To Boost Its Economy With Satellite Launch

Ethiopia plans to join an exclusive club of African nations next year: those who have their own national satellites. The head of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) said that the country plans to launch its very first satellite in September 2019 with China's assistance and backing. The ...


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 liquidity crisis. Paul Mavima, Zimbabwe's Education Minister, is on record ...


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 up to 75 percent less land than what is typically ...


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 households with solar-powered satellite TV. In as recently as 2017, ...


Nigeria: NCC Says Three Million New Phone Lines Were Added In October

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that in Nigeria active telephone lines increased from 162,058,918 in September to a staggering165,239,443 in October 2018. The commission made this announcement in its Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data that was published on its website recently. The regulatory body said that the number of lines ...


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 VP of radio networks at Orange, Arnaud Vamparys declared at ...


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 to the internet at all the government buildings across the ...


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 annually by the International Telecommunication Union shows that currently, less ...


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 made these comments at an SA and China roundtable discussion ...


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 is a digital payment platform that connects financial service providers ...


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 has now increased from 7.1 million to 7,910,995 in less ...


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 report states that for most service providers in Africa, the ...


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 4 satellite for its coverage of sub-Saharan Africa, and it ...


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 recent interview when answering questions from about how 5G spectrum ...


Uganda Forces Incoming Telecoms Investors To Share Infrastructure

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


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 communications across cellular networks and satellite. The communications company uses ...


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, the company supposedly has over 14 960km of fibre network ...


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 Airtel to enjoy 3flix live television channels which offer movies, ...


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 research house Ovum. According to the report, the number of ...


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 in Ivory Coast and 3,000 in Nigeria. Satellite TV reception ...


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 announced their partnership to launch the world’s very first 3G ...


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 services in South Africa at an event at its Cape ...


CETel Delivers O3b/MEO Coverage All Across Africa

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


Niger Prepares To Install DTT In December

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


Ethiopia: Space Institute Gears Up to Launch First Satellite Next Year

Plans for Ethiopia to launch its first earth observatory satellite in September 2019 are underway. Ethiopia will be joining a list of a few African countries that have already put their devices into orbit. The Director General of the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute at Addis Ababa University, Dr ...


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 regulations and taxation. The managing director at Internet Exchange Point ...


Poor Connectivity Getting In The Way Of Collaborations With Africa

Education Broadcasting System (EBS) Korea, Asia’s number one producer of educational and documentaries production medium, has revealed that low interconnectivity and accessibility are massive hurdles when it comes to collaborating with African countries. It said that poor accessibility is the reason for its lack of broadcast content on African matters. ...


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 network-as-a-service (NaaS) solution in which AMN will build, fund and ...


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 its mind. The American company officially signed a partnership agreement ...


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 channels and this decoder is making headlines because it has ...


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 episode of the anticipated upcoming season of “Black Mirror,” the ...


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 also to boost entertainment. A representative of the CEO of ...


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 Direct-to-Home (DTH) installer training programme that is being rolled out ...


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 see the potential and opportunities the African continent provides and ...


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 have experienced is "somewhat insensitive' and does address the current ...


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. In a statement from the organisation, " the SABC is ...


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 WiFi hotspots to residents, to allow them to connect to ...


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, saying that it would bring to the public its final ...


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 and Asia continents, the web and cloud services firm says ...


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 has remained now for the ground-work to be done. The ...


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 providers. According to the satellite provider, it will be uplinking ...


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 year 2020. The Sub-Saharan nation's government initiated the Angosat project ...


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) to High Definition (HD). Upgrading the broadcast quality of its ...


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 the UK. Amazon would broadcast two full rounds of games ...


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 to 13th June, the first 40,000 users can enjoy an ...


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 first time in the East African country shows that out ...


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 at the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and World Radio Conference ...


Nigeria: Country's President Pushes To Deliver More Local Content In The ICT Sector

The President of Nigeria, Muhammed Buhari has signed executive orders for the proper implementation of policies to enhance local content development in Nigeria's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The signing of these executive orders shows the renewed vigour that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is taking to ...


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 will run exclusively on facebook with a official launch possibly ...


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 four times closer to the planet than the usual geostationary ...


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 the whole African continent. According to a senior company executive,"NIGCOMSAT ...


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 chair of machine learning at the University. Both institutions have ...


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 leverage IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 3G service, made available via ...


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. The mobile telcos are itching to leverage on 4G to ...


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 deploying, allowing subscribers the opportunity to choose their preferred channels ...


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 will be held for the first time in the Southern ...


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 satellite connectivity to some users across Cameroon such as banks, ...


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 network The telecoms giant used this strategy as authorities in ...


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 pixels as 4K UHD. Relying on the new DVB-S2X standard ...


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 of two live production studios, programme storage and media asset ...


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. Part of the loss came from the impairment of goodwill ...


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, including Fibre-to-the-Business and Fibre-to-the-Home, by early 2019. Comsol CEO, Iain ...


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 necessary step in operationalising the Crisis Connectivity Charter signed in ...


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 Africa is three years behind in execution of migrating from ...


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 TV shows, movies, series' and new local and regional Ramadan ...


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 that the connectivity for the land-locked country is made possible ...


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 to be concluded before awarding 5G spectrum. While speaking at ...


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: ‘Is Technology the Best Manager of Spectrum?’ discussed how the ...


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 expectations of the fast-growing continent with a rich cultural heritage ...


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 Yahsat. This result is made possible by an SES's annual ...


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 across four TV channels with an outdated architecture that ...


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 million are directly served by its satellite fleet in 2017– ...


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 find and license videos from anywhere in the world in ...


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, the action by the regulatory body took place in the ...


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 take 18 months or less to manufacture the AngoSat-2, which ...


Smart TVs - New Report Examines Market Forecast Till 2024

A 'Smart TV' is a technological convergence between computers and flatscreen television sets and set-top boxes which offers users the opportunity to use all features presents in computers or smartphones.   Smart TV offers various features such as internet accessibility, storage capacity, GPS system and other entertainment features like gaming. ...


AfriDocs Brings Best of African Documentaries To Channel24 Streaming Platform

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


Tanzania: New Cyber Law Requires Online Media Platforms To Pay US 900 Dollars License Fees

The Tanzanian government has approved a law that aims to regulate contents posted online by introducing a license fee of $900 for bloggers and online media platforms in addition to monitoring morals and authenticity of social media users. The regulation referred to as the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) ...


South Africa: ICASA Publishes Its TV White Space Regulations

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has congratulated the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for publishing regulations on the utility of Television White Space for South Africa. This move marks a huge step in the right direction for the country, as it will enable access to affordable broadband. It ...


Nigeria: Intelsat And Vodacom Nigeria Sign New Deal To Boost Broadband Connectivity

Intelsat South Africa, an operator of one of the world's globalised network, has signed an agreement with Vodacom Business Nigeria for the expansion of its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and improved services throughout the West African region. Part of the multi-year agreement states that Vodacom Business Nigeria will ...


Showmax Want To Work With Telcos To Boost Internet TV Growth In Africa

Naspers, a global entertainment group, is urging telecoms operators in Africa to offer customers unlimited data to help bolster the growth of internet television on the continent. The group argued that the high cost of data in Africa is hindering the growth of internet TV, despite the fact that the ...


Nigeria: MTN, Huawei Collaborate To Connect Rural Communities With Low-Cost Broadband Services

Nigeria: MTN, Huawei Collaborate To Connect Rural Communities With Low-Cost Broadband Services Telecommunications company - MTN Nigeria and technology company - Huawei are collaborating to provide remote communities in Nigeria with low-cost mobile broadband services. The project tagged ‘RuralStar 2.0’ is a solution that helps to link communities which were ...


TV White Space Allows Internet Connectivity To Reach Remote Areas

Kenyans in the rural areas might soon have the kind of internet connectivity same as their counterparts in urban regions. This breakthrough happens with TV White Space technology providing last-mile connectivity. TV White spaces are unused frequency spaces deliberately put in place to ensure that channels that broadcast in analogue ...


South Africa: March 31st Is Deadline Date To Receive Subsidised Set-Top Boxes

The South African Department of Communications (The DoC) has announced that Saturday 31st March 2018 is the deadline date for registration of citizens that are qualified to receive government subsidised digital set-top boxes in the Free State and North West provinces of South Africa. According to the statement from The ...


Study: 'Satellite Is Preferred Digital Video Infrastructure For Africa' - Eutelsat

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


The "SA Connect" Programme May Be Complemented With Satellite Connectivity

Broadcast Media Africa has learnt that South Africa is seriously considering the deployment of Satellite technology as a viable complement to fibre for its "SA Connect" initiative. According to the ITWeb magazine, South Africa's deputy minister for the Department of Telecoms and Postal Services, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams made this declaration ...


Sat Space Africa Sees Demand Growth As It Signs More Capacity With Telesat

After setting up hubs in South Africa, Angola and the United Kingdom, Sat Space has announced that it is expanding its service relationship with Telesat - a global satellite operator. Sat Space announced that it is contracting for more Ku-band capacity on Telesat's Telstar Vantage 12 satellite to meet the ...


German-based CeTel To Deploy's Measat Africasat-1a For VSAT Services

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


Cell C Urges Competition Commission To Look Into SuperSport's Anti-Competitive Practices

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


VOOV TV Launches A Social Media TV Platform In South Africa

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


African Animation Network (AAN) Hope To Extend Industry's Reach With Animation Magazine

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


AU Sets Up The African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC) To Bolster AfricaÂ’s Film Industry

The African Union (AU) has finalised the formal establishment of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC) to promote the film and audio-visual industry in Africa. The AACC was first put in place in Ethiopia in 2016 as a specialised agency of the African Union with its temporary secretariat in ...


Turkey's Natural TV Beams Content Into West Africa On SES Astra Satellite

Natural TV, a specialised television service from Turkey focusing on health, agriculture and general culture-based content will be broadcasting to the West-African region. The TV company has agreed with to use SES's Astra 2G satellite capacity with uplink services coming from SES teleport in Betzdorf in Luxembourg. The combination of ...


Canal+ And Nagra Extend Content Protection Partnership

Canal+ (Canal Plus) has announced it is to extend its content protection partnership with Nagra. Under this partnership agreement, Nagra, part of the Kudelski Group will provide the pan-African Pay-TV broadcaster with both a smart-card as well as a cardless Condition Access Systems (CAS). It will also provide a hybrid ...


Kenya: TVU Networks To Help Broadcasters Cover National Election

TVU Networks has announced it will be providing additional mobile transmitters to major broadcasters in Kenya to cover, adequately, the forthcoming presidential elections in the country. A statement from the company said it is providing hundreds of its mobile uplinks units and its global live video distribution networks for the ...


Nigeria: MultiChoice Nigeria To Launch Pay-Per-View Model

News from MultiChoice Nigeria is that it may be considering adopting and introducing the Pay-Per-View (PPV) model for some of its content. Under this model - already used by many major cable and satellite TV platforms in Europe and the United States of America - viewers may pay an additional ...


Security Of Content On Africa's Digital Free-To-Air Broadcasting Is Paramount - Verimatrix

Verimatrix, a leader in provisoning security for digital television services, have said it is paramount for TV operators to take seriously the question of security of digital TV services (especially in a free-to-air environment). Verimatrix will be addressing this 'seemingly neglected' aspect of broadcasting and media at the forthcoming International ...


SEACOM And ShowMax Enter Service Delivery Pact In East Africa

SEACOM (Africa's leading broadband and data services provider) has entered into a working agreement with ShowMax (a leading video-on-demand -VoD- player, owned by Naspers) to provide ShowMax with hosting and caching server services. The agreement will allow ShowMax videos to peer seamlessly with local internet service providers (ISPs). According to ...


Netflix Allows Downloads To Android SD Cards

Netflix Allows Downloads To Android SD Cards Subscribers to Netflix can now download content to their device’s SD card – removing the existing restriction to devise storage capacity when storing content users on Android devices. Netflix added a new feature last month that allows subscribers to download a movie for ...