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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 ...