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Telecom  |  Vodacom Tanzania Rolls Out Supa Network Campaign

Vodacom Tanzania has rolled out a campaign, Supa Network, to raise awareness of the strength and capacity of its network. The network operator claims that it has the strongest network in Tanzania with an unmatched 4G download speed of up ...


Content Services  |  Zambian Music Stars Inspire Viewers On Dstv’s Glo-Sponsored Series

Two Zambian stars who have contributed significantly to the growth and development of dance and music in their country recently took centre stage on the African Voices Changemakers series that is currently running on Cable News Network (CNN) and on ...


Content Services  |  MBC To Launch New Channel In North Africa

The Saudi-backed media group MBC has revealed that it will be launching a new free-to-air satellite TV channel for its audiences in the Maghreb on 21 September.    MBC released a statement saying that the addition of the exciting new ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Top Executives’ Shares Jump To $8.4Mil -Reports

The number of shares bought by Safaricom in an effort to reward its top executives has jumped to 32.2 million units with a tremendous market value of $8.4mil. Regulatory reports for July indicate that an additional nine million shares were ...


Showcase Interview  |  "Investment In Digital Media Infrastructure Delivers Universal Access!" – Arthur Asiimwe, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA)

Arthur Asiimwe, the Director-General of Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, says that in order for Africa's broadcasters to provide universal access, the first thing they need to do is invest in the necessary digital infrastructure.   Mr Asiimwe, responding to questions from Broadcast ...


Film Making  |  Nigeria: NFC On A Mission To Fund Films That Promote Peace

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has announced that it would now focus on funding the production of film projects that promote peace, discourage human migration and modern-day slavery as well as the adverse effects of drugs in the society. ...


Telecommunications Satellite  |  Botswana’s BTC Uses Communication Satellite To Boost Rural Connectivity

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC) revealed that it had recently doubled its capacity on the Spacecom’s AMOS-7 communication satellite. With this new development, BTC gets a backhaul and a unique network of long-distance communication services to improve connectivity in rural ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Pushes Ahead With Plans To Hike TV Licence Fees, Amidst Objections

The SABC is going ahead with its plans to increase TV licence fees as it battles to increase its revenue. The executives at South Africa’s cash-strapped public broadcaster recently told MPs that the current TV licence tariff had remained unchanged ...


Telecom  |  Angola Cables And TM Global Explore New Cable Route

TM GLOBAL, the wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has partnered with Angola Cables to explore another alternative using a new express route that would connect the Southern Hemisphere subsea cables from Asia directly to the South American region. ...


Radio Spectrum  |  High Cost Of Spectrum Leaves Millions Unconnected In Africa -GSMA Report

According to a new report by the GSMA, the negative impacts of the high cost of spectrum on consumers can no longer be disregarded. The GSMA released the report titled ‘The Impact of Spectrum Prices on Consumers’ at the ITU ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Media Stakeholders Urge Malawi Govt To Introduce TV Institute To Boost Industry

Malawi’s Government has been urged to roll out a television institute in order to boost the film and TV industry in Malawi. In an interview with Malawi24, the ex-TV presenter Geoffrey Kapusa said that the television industry in Malawi had ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Govt Orders NCC To Block Over Nine Million Unregistered SIM Cards

Nigerians, who are using unregistered SIM cards, might be facing trouble as the federal government recently announced that it is on a mission to block over nine million of the unregistered SIM cards that are in use in the country. ...


Broadband  |  South Africa: SEACOM’s New Policy Cuts Off ISPs

SEACOM has announced that it has implemented a new policy which will prevent the majority of South Africa’s Internet service providers (ISPs) from peering (exchanging data) directly with the company. SEACOM said that it has reviewed its open peering policy ...


Music Streaming  |  YouTube Rolls Out Music Streaming Service In North Africa

Google’s YouTube recently rolled out its music streaming services in the Middle East and North Africa. The YouTube music streaming service will first be available in the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. The company is currently ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Incentivises Local Productions In Rwanda

Officials from StarTimes Rwanda have announced that local content producers can now earn money by producing new innovative and original TV entertainment material that can be aired on StarTimes Rwanda pay-TV. StarTimes Rwanda offers more than 200 bouquet channels for ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Announces New Regional Director For East Africa

The telecommunications service provider, Airtel Africa, has announced that it has appointed Ian Ferrao as the new Regional Director of its East Africa division. According to Airtel Africa, Ian Ferrao has more than 12 years of experience in senior management ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria's Telecoms Sector Requires An Enabling Environment - Experts

Experts have urged the Nigerian government to see telecommunications companies as partners rather than an exploitative industry. This was part of the discussions on the first day of the Nigeria Com - a two-day summit which took place in Lagos, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  NBC Retrenches Staff As It Considers Possible Liquidation

Almost a third of the Namibian national broadcaster’s staff are at risk of losing their jobs, and the institution has said that it would probably return to an “end of transmission” era in a last-ditch effort to save its business. ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile Gains Large Number Of New Subscribers From Big Operators

The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has released the telecom industry porting activities for quarter two of 2019, indicating that the country’s 4th telco, 9Mobile is gaining popularity rapidly with the highest number of subscribers porting into its network during ...


Film and Cinema  |  South Africa Chooses Boxing Film 'Knuckle City' For Oscars Consideration

South Africa has chosen Knuckle City as its submission for the coveted International Feature Film category at the next edition of the Oscars. The film enjoyed its international premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema category at the Toronto Film Festival.  SA's Minister ...


Telecom  |  Helios Towers Revives Plans To List On London Stock Exchange

The African mobile networks operator Helios Towers has announced that it has again revived its plans to list in London, after ditching plans for an initial public offering (IPO) last year which was estimated to value the company at over ...


Film Making  |  Nigerian Film Corporation Explores Possibilities Of Partnership With French Agency -AFD

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has confirmed that it is currently in discussions with the French Agency for Development (Agence Francaise de Developpement) AFD; for the training and capacity building of filmmakers in Nigeria. Brian Etuk, the Head of Public ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  MoTV Inks Partnership To Rollout New OTT TV Experience In Madagascar

The European pay-TV service provider MoTV.eu and Blueline, an innovative operator in the telecom and pay-TV industry, have announced a partnership in Madagascar. The partnership will enable Blueline under their new app, Izy.TV to rollout new interactive services with on-demand and ...


Content Services  |  Zee Magic Extends Its African Reach With StarTimes

In a move that will bring Bollywood entertainment to a wider African audience, Zee Africa has revealed that its French General Entertainment Channel (GEC) Zee Magic has now been made available on the digital entertainment platforms StarTimes and Starsat. Zee ...


Telecom  |  MTN Reshuffles Management In Africa Operations

MTN has announced that the CEO of MTN Zambia Philip van Dalsen will be vacating his position at the end of September. The company released a statement saying that Philip joined MTN in 2012 as the CEO of MTN Cyprus. ...


Film and Cinema  |  Nigeria's Nollywood Attracts Global Entertainment Brands

For decades Nigeria's film industry Nollywood was known as a factory for the making of visual pulp fiction movies destined to end up on the market stalls of DVD pirates, but now things are looking up as it starts to ...


Sports Rights  |  GBC And Ghana Athletics Association Secure IAAF World Championship Broadcast Rights

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) have signed a deal to broadcast the upcoming 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar starting from September 27 to October 10. The partnership brings together Ghana’s most prominent ...


ICT  |  Nigeria To Explore ICT Growth Opportunities At ITU Telecom World 2019

A delegation of executives from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will be attending the forthcoming International Telecom Union (ITU) Telecom World 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. The Nigerian delegation which will be led by Dr Isa Ali Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Tanzania To Roll Out A Regional First

Vodacom Tanzania and the South African mobile solution provider Flickswitch have revealed that they are launching Vodacom SIM Manager, a mobile connectivity management platform for businesses looking to offer mobility and IOT services to their customers using the Vodacom Tanzania ...


Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA Fines MTN Over WhatsApp Bundle Hike

South Africa's telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has slapped MTN with a $336 000 fine for failing to comply with the law when it hiked the price of one of its data plans. However, $135 ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Secures Rights To Broadcast UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers

The pay-TV broadcaster StarTimes has confirmed that it will be broadcasting the UEFA National football teams European qualifiers for the Euro 2020 cup, after secured broadcast rights across all media platforms for transmission in Kenya and all countries in sub-Saharan ...


Telecom  |  Ethio Telecom Plans To Deploy 4G In Ethiopia

Ethio Telecom has made public its plans to install a 4G network in Ethiopia’s capital city and in neighbouring regions, as well as upgrade its other network services, as the Ethiopian government prepares to open up the industry to private ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  NIGCOMSAT To Make Satellite Internet More Affordable With PortaBilling

The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) has revealed that it is taking on a new approach in the delivery of satellite connectivity solutions by putting together a tight-knit eco-system of Virtual Internet Service Providers (VISPs).   The VISPs will operate ...


Regulation  |  NCC Makes Plans To Protect Nigeria From Cyber Attacks

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has announced plans to establish mechanisms that will control the use of the internet to protect the country’s cyberspace against attacks. The Commission said that the move is mainly aimed at protecting children from dangerous ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice And TNT Channel Celebrate 80 Years Of Batman With A Film Festival

The TNT channel on DStv 137 is currently celebrating the 80th anniversary of the creation of Batman with an exciting film festival of all the Batman movies in September. The Head of Entertainment Channels at WarnerMedia Africa, Guillermo Farré said ...


Content Services  |  DStv And SuperSport To Roll Out Exclusive Rugby Channel

DStv and SuperSport have announced the rollout of a new 24-hour channel for the entire duration of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which will feature six magazine shows. The list of SuperSport analysts for the channel includes some of the ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Safaricom Calls For Level Playing Field In Airtel-Telkom Merger

Kenya's telco Safaricom has vehemently denied claims that it is out to interrupt the impending merger of Telkom Kenya and Airtel. In a letter sent to the media, the telecoms operator said that it supports any activity that is to ...


Telecom  |  Econet Joins Forces With American Startup For Artificial Intelligence Solutions

Zimbabwe’s Econet Global Group has announced their partnership with the American startup, Atlas AI. The announcement was made by Strive Masiyiwa, Econet’s Executive Chairman and Founder and Executive Chairman, recently in Accra, Ghana. Masiyiwa said that the important partnership would ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom And MTN Enjoy Highest Revenue Per User In Southern Africa

Reports have revealed that MTN and Vodacom are in the lead when it comes to receiving revenue from each individual subscriber. MTN reportedly makes its highest average revenue per user (ARPU) in eSwatini followed by South Africa and then Botswana ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Names New Acting CEO

Following Patrick Mavhura’s sudden release from his position as CEO of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Wisdom Hombarume, who is currently the ZBC’s director of digital media and broadcasting technology, has been appointed as the acting CEO. The government-controlled TV ...


Telecom  |  Ghana: GSMA Calls On African Governments To Stop Extra Taxation On Telecoms Sector -Reports

Akinwale Goodluck, the Head of GSMA Sub-Saharan Africa, has reiterated calls on African governments to stop imposing extra taxes on the telecoms sectors. According to him singling out the telecoms sector for taxation has the potential to retard the growth ...


Content Services  |  CNN Africa’s ‘African Voices’ Extends Partnership With Globacom

Having recently celebrated ten years on CNN International, African Voices is entering a new phase in its quest to profile excellent individuals across Africa with a new host, a new name, a new format and a renewed partnership with its long-term sponsor ...


Content Services  |  ZEE5 Global Offers Top News Channels For Free In Africa

ZEE5 Global has announced that it is now offering its top news channels at no cost for streaming in select Asia-Pacific countries (APAC), Africa and MENA. Subscribers in the relevant countries will receive access to 15 news channels and get ...


Live-Streaming  |  YouTube And FIFA To Live-Stream African World Cup Qualifiers

African soccer teams that are lesser-known to the global soccer fans will now enjoy some worldwide exposure after FIFA announced that their opening World Cup qualifying games would be live-streamed on YouTube and also on its website. By investing more ...


Industry Forum  |  Leading Industry Executives Will Review ‘Convergence’ At Next Month’s Southern Africa’s Broadcasters’ Convention In Zambia

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have confirmed that preparations for the anticipated Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa 2019 are currently well underway. To be hosted by the Independent Broadcasting Authority of Zambia (IBA), the annual flagship gathering ...


Film and Cinema  |  First-Ever Senegalese Film Week To Take Place In Cuba

The Cuban and Senegalese authorities have announced that the first-ever Senegalese film week will be taking place in Havana, Cuba, from October 23-27. The announcement of the film exhibition was made following a meeting between the Saylin Sanchez Portero –the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Angola To Roll Out VAT-Inclusive DStv Package

MultiChoice Angola has announced that it will soon be launching a new DStv bouquet that will already include the value-added tax (VAT) in its fees. According to statements provided by inside sources, MultiChoice Angola, plans to roll out this new ...


Telecom  |  Econet Tries To Secure Share Buy-Back Approval To Repay Debts

Zimbabwe's telco Econet Wireless wants to secure shareholder approval for a share buy-back scheme and the placement of unissued shares under the management of directors at the company's upcoming AGM on 24 September 2019. In a letter to shareholders this ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Cell C Black’s Linear Channels Go Off-Air Amidst Financial Woes

Cell C has halted the broadcasting of the linear channels on its Black video-streaming service as the troubled mobile operator continues to review costs in its business. The channels disappeared from Black at the start of September. It, however, continues to ...


Industry Forum  |  “Time Has Come For Broadcasters To Gear Up For The Ever-Changing Media Ecosystem,” Say Industry Executives At Digital Broadcast Media Convention

At the recently concluded 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria (BON) on the 27th and 28th of August 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel –Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria, it was reiterated that in ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Licensing Of Web TV And Online Radio Receives Mixed Reactions

Mixed reactions have met the recent move by Nigeria's federal government to license online radio and TV stations. While some welcomed the new development, critics said that the move is wrong and cannot be justified. The proposed licensing of online ...


Telecom  |  MTN Loses Millions Of Subscribers In South Africa

MTN has confirmed that in the six months to June it lost close to two million subscribers in South Africa and service revenue growth declined by 3.3 percent in a stubbornly weak economy. According to MTN, the decline in performance ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes’ New Dating Reality Show To Roll Out Lagos Auditions

StarTimes has announced that what is set to be Africa’s number 1 dating reality show ‘Hello Mr Right’ will kick off in Nigeria with auditions on September the 7th and 8th. The auditions are scheduled to take place this coming ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vox Telecom To buy Out Investec In $130Million Deal

Vox Telecom SA shareholders that include FirstRand Ltd’s RMB have agreed to buy out Investec Ltd as part of a R2 billion ($130 million) recapitalization of the fibre-network operator. The CEO of Vox, Jacques Du Toit, confirmed that Metier Private ...


Sports Rights  |  DStv Set To Be Sole Broadcaster Of Rugby World Cup In South Africa

DStv is reportedly set to be the only television platform in South Africa to broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The SABC has confirmed that it was unable to reach an agreement with SuperSport for the broadcasting rights ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  StarTimes Bags Rights To Broadcast Fiba World Cup In Kenya

The pay-TV broadcaster StarTimes is currently broadcasting the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup which will be taking place until September 15. The extended tournament which is happening for the first time in China will feature 32 teams which include Angola, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Appoints New Acting COO

The SABC has announced that Sylvia Tladi has been appointed as the new Acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) with immediate effect. The broadcaster released a statement saying that the appointment is in line with ensuring the continuity of business and ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria’s NBC Threatens To Sanction Broadcasters That Violate Codes

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that it will prosecute broadcast stations that air content that contravenes the nation’s broadcasting code.   Alhaji Ikra Bilbis, the Chairman, and Modibbo Kawu, the Director-General of the NBC, stated this in separate ...


5G  |  Nigerian Communications Commission Approves 5G Spectrum For Trial-Run

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced its approval for the spectrum that will be used for the trial of 5G services in Nigeria, according to the Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Umar Danbatta. Danbatta, who announced this recently ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Mozambique Calls For Prepaid SIM Card Registration

Mozambique is pushing for the immediate registration of prepaid SIM cards despite various concerns relating to privacy and the potential interference with election monitoring methods. In June this year, the Mozambican Communications Authority (ARECOM) gave a 10-day ultimatum for telecoms ...


Film and Cinema  |  Southern Europe Screens Nollywood Movie For The First Time In Malta

Power of 1, a film directed by Izu Ojukwu and starring Alex Ekubo, Ramsey Nouah, Annie Idibia, Michelle Dede, Jibola Dabo, Racheal Oniga, Padita Agu and many more, premiered at Eden Cinema in Malta recently The high-octane narrative offers the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC Lifestyle To Offer Advertising Opportunities Across Sub-Saharan Africa

BBC Studios has announced that it plans to offer advertising prospects on its BBC Lifestyle channel for clients across sub-Saharan Africa in countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. As from Sunday, 1 September, advertisers in the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Proposes An Increase In TV Licence Fees -Reports

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has drafted a proposal and sent it to the Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams suggesting an increase in TV licences fees. This was according to the Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile Van Damme when she ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Industry Stakeholders Concerned Over Nigeria's Proposed Broadcast Industry Reform

Recently Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, announced several measures the government plans to implement in order to reform the broadcasting industry. These plans include the licensing of web TV, online radio and foreign broadcasters. Mohammed informed ...


Sports Rights  |  Rwanda Premier Football League Takes A Knock As Azam TV Cancels Sponsorship Deal

Recent reports have revealed that Azam TV has decided to end its sponsorship of the Rwanda Premier Football League, a revelation that came as a surprise and a massive blow to the League. In 2014 Azam TV had entered into ...


Telecom  |  Maroc Telecom Secures $1 Billion Deal With Moroccan Government

Morocco’s largest telecoms operator, Maroc Telecom, announced this week that it had closed a deal worth 10 billion dirhams ($1 billion) with the Moroccan government to develop and expand telecoms infrastructure over the next three years. The deal that covers ...


Telecom  |  Airtel-Telkom Merger Suspended Over Alleged Corruption -Reports

The Communications Authority of Kenya has suspended the planned merger of Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya pending the result of the investigation by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission on how the merger deal was entered into. Christopher Wambua, the ...


Telecom  |  Mozambique Telecom Secures Chinese Financing For 4G Deployment

Mobile operator Mozambique Telecom (Tmcel) is depending on Chinese financial support and expertise to help it catch up with its competitors - including Movitel and Vodacom, that already offer 4G coverage. Vodacom Mozambique launched 4G coverage in Mozambique in 2018 ...


Radio Spectrum  |  Nigeria Explores The Potentials Of Spectrum For Economic Growth

Spectrum is more than just the core component of the telecommunications industry; it is also a significant contributor to the African economy. As a scarce resource, the manner in which it is allocated determines whether it will lead to significant ...


Content Services  |  American Comedian Steve Harvey To Produce 'Family Feud' South Africa And Ghana Versions

The American comedian Steve Harvey has announced that he will be producing and hosting both Family Feud South Africa and Family Feud Ghana versions that will broadcast in Africa from early next year, produced by Rapid Blue. Steve Harvey is currently on a ...


Pay TV  |  Zambia's TopStar Communications Struggling To Sustain Operations -Reports

Zambia's digital pay-TV station, TopStar is reportedly struggling to raise enough funds to repay the US$273-million loan that it had received from China for Zambia's digital migration project. In the midst of increasing competition in Zambia's digital TV market, it ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa To Double Data And Mobile Money Penetration In Next 5 Years -Analysts

Analysts have reported that Airtel Africa's mobile money and data penetration are set to double in the next five years. Airtel is Africa's second-largest telco, with over 100 million mobile subscribers as of June 2019, and holds a leading position in ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Africa Decreasing DStv Subscription Fees In East Africa

MultiChoice Africa, the managing company of satellite TV services GOtv and DStv, has announced plans to cut down DStv subscription fees across East Africa. The company announced that as from September 1, 2019, there would be a reduction in the monthly fees ...


Telecom  |  9mobile Secures $230m Loan From Africa Finance Corporation To Boost Operations In Nigeria

9mobile has secured a loan of $230 million from Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) to help it achieve its long-term growth plans.  The telco made this known in a statement released this past weekend, saying that the funds would be used ...


Online TV  |  Nigeria: Govt Approves Licensing Of Online Radio And TV Stations

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has recently approved many reforms in the broadcasting industry, including the much-anticipated licensing of online TV and radio stations, according to the country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The Media Aide to Mr ...


Mobile Money  |  EcoCash Launches Bureau De Change Service In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s mobile financial services platform, EcoCash has rolled out a bureau de change service in Harare. The exchange rate for the USD versus the Zimdollar on the EcoCash bureau de change opened at 1:10.8. The rate is in line with ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Econet Shuts Down In 13 Countries Across Africa

Econet Media Limited is selling its shares in the satellite broadcast business in at least 13 African countries after going through insolvency, having reportedly accumulated millions of dollars in liabilities. The media group, which primarily traded under the brands Econet ...


Sports Rights  |  MultiChoice's SuperSport Inks 5-Year PSL Deal With SABC In South Africa

After the South African government and Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa forced an agreement between the two parties, a vague 5-year deal was signed on Friday by MultiChoice's SuperSport and the broke South African public broadcaster. It was announced that the ...


Showcase Interview  |  "Satellite Is The Most Cost-Effective Solution To Delivering The Digital Dividend" – Clint Brown, SES

Clint Brown, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Development for Africa at SES, says that the flexibility of satellite makes it the only solution that can deliver the digital dividend in the most cost-effective way.   Mr Brown, responding to ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Kwese Iflix Becomes The Latest Casualty In The Shutdown Of Econet

The expanding shutdown of Econet's divisions keeps rippling through the embattled company with Econet closing the Econet Media division as well, including its Kwesé iflix streaming service as the latest victim of its demise. Econet has been forced to shut ...


Telecom  |  Zim Telcos Eagerly Welcome Eskom Deal

Zimbabwe is finally seeing some major improvements in power supply after striking an electricity import deal with the South African power supply firm Eskom. Monica Mutsvangwa, Zimbabwe's Minister of Information, confirmed this following a cabinet meeting earlier this week. The ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Employees Plan “Historic” Strike

MultiChoice workers have revealed that they are planning a nationwide strike starting today to protest against job cuts at the pay-TV company. The Information Communication Technology Union (ICTU) said that the grossly underpaid workers of MultiChoice SA have finally decided to take ...


ICT  |  African Online Firm Jumia Admits To Fraudulent Sales

One of Africa’s largest online retailers Jumia, which counts MTN as a majority shareholder, has admitted to fraudulent sales figures. Jumia owns the clothing seller Zando in South Africa, and operates in no less than14 African companies, with over four million ...


Industry Forum  |  SES To Lead The Industry At Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention In Nigeria

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) as the conveners of the 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention in Nigeria have announced SES as the lead industry partner for this event. The flagship industry meeting scheduled to ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria, Most Valuable Company On NSE -Reports

It’s hardly been three months since the Nigerian division of South Africa’s MTN Group Ltd. finally listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, but it seems that listing was a good idea because MTN has quickly become the most valuable company ...


Film and Cinema  |  South African Movie 'Moffie' Nominated For Venice Film Festival Award

Moffie, a new film by the South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus has been nominated for a Queer Lion Award at the forthcoming Venice International Film Festival. The Queer Lion is the award given to the best film with LGBT cultures ...


Sports Rights  |  MultiChoice And SABC To Resolve South Africa's PSL Blackout – Sports Minister

Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa has announced that the SABC and Pay-TV service provider, Multichoice, will find a resolution to the PSL broadcast rights predicament which has led to the blackout of local football at the country's public broadcaster. Mthethwa said ...


Broadcasting Services  |  ICASA Approves Kwesé Free TV Licence In South Africa

South Africa’s media and communications watchdog ICASA has confirmed that it will be granting a commercial free-to-air TV licence to Kwesé Free TV. The regulator said that Kwesé Free TV’s proposed service was fully compliant with the relevant South African ...


Telecom  |  Angola To Open Up Telco Industry To Private Investors

Angola is taking steps towards opening up its telecommunications industry to private investors, amid the ongoing attention on the fourth telecoms license as well as the privatisation of various firms, including Angola Telecom. According to a report released by WiseGuyReports.com, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Former M-Net And Kwesé TV Exec Joins BBC Africa

Pierre Cloete, a former M-Net executive at MultiChoice and former Kwesé Sports boss has jumped ship to BBC Studios where will be stepping in as the new Commercial Director for the BBC channels that BBC Studios broadcasts in South Africa and ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Rolls Out New Telenovela In Kenya

Kenya’s StarTimes subscribers are set to enjoy a brand new and exciting telenovela series. The Blood Sisters was recently launched on the pay-TV platform’s Novela E Plus channel. The telenovela’s episodes will air at the same time every day. The ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Award-Winning South African Film Streaming On Showmax

MultiChoice’s video-on-demand platform, Showmax, is now showing the South African film, Liyana. In the multi-award-winning film, the legendary South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope mentors five orphans from Eswatini through the process of creating a story. They put together a fascinating ...


OTT Services  |  Kenya: Govt Finalises Plans To Tax Netflix, YouTube

The Kenyan ICT ministry is in the final stages of laying down a framework that will be used to tax foreign online video streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube. When the new tax laws are passed, the over-the-top services ...


Telecom  |  MTN Shuts Down 53 Cellphone Masts In South Africa Due To Theft

The continuous theft of cellphone tower batteries has forced the mobile telecommunications giant MTN to shut down 53 of its towers in Gauteng, South Africa. The company said that it was losing millions because of the theft and vandalism of ...


Pay TV  |  Multichoice Uganda Announces Price Cuts For GOtv And DStv Subscriptions

Multichoice Uganda has announced that it will be putting into effect some price changes that will affect their DStv as well as a few GOtv subscribers (depending on their package). According to a memo that has been verified by various ...


Telecom  |  Axed Telkom Kenya Staff To Re-Apply Under Merger Deal With Airtel

Fired Telkom Kenya staff now have the opportunity to try to get back to work after the telco announced that it would advertise and interview the employees as first preference for positions in the merged entity. In a statement, Telkom ...


Telecom  |  MTN Set To Rollout $20 Smartphone

MTN has announced plans to launch a $20 smartphone across Africa to provide low-cost mobile internet access to young Africans. MTN's Group President and CEO Rob Shuter showcased the new smartphone, designed by South African Company Mobicel, at MTN's recent ...


Regulation  |  DG Of Nigerian Copyright Commission Initiates Anti-Piracy Surveillance

John Ohi Asein, the Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), has initiated a ground-breaking operational strategy for the Commission, named Staff Neighbourhood Anti-piracy Surveillance (SNAPS). At a recent meeting with industry stakeholders, the Director-General stated that under SNAPS, all staff ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa's SABC Loses English Premier League Rights

South Africa's embattled national broadcaster's financial troubles have now extended to the English Premier League (EPL) after it was revealed that the SABC had failed to retain the broadcast rights to the league's games on their SABC 3 channel. While ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Receives Mobile Money Licence

MTN Nigeria Communications PLC has been granted the authorisation to offer mobile money services by the country's central bank in Abuja. Nigeria revealed last year that it would allow telecom operators to offer banking services, which would give Nigerians without bank ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Disney Appoints Sky Exec To Head SVOD In Europe, Africa

Disney has hired the Sky exec, Luke Bradley-Jones, to lead its streaming drive in Europe and Africa. As the London-based SVP of direct-to-consumer and GM at Disney+ Europe and Africa, Bradley-Jones will oversee the management for Disney+ across Europe and ...


Film Making  |  Nigerian Teens Use Smartphones To Make Sci-Fi Films

A group of Nigerian teenagers have gone viral for making movies using a smartphone and a tripod that is made from a broken microphone stand. 19-year-old Godwin Josiah says that going viral was never the aim. The main objective was ...


Telecom  |  MTN To Focus On Music Streaming Business And FinTech

MTN has revealed that it will prioritise its FinTech operation, 4G coverage, mobile money, recovery of prepaid, MusicTime and Ayoba as the primary part of its business objectives for the second half of 2019. The operator announced the plans for ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Viacom And CBS Set To Merge As ViacomCBS

After three years of negotiations following 13 years as separate entities, a mega-merger is looming. The two media giants, CBS and Viacom, have agreed to reunite in a global deal that will have an impact on the entire African continent. ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: ALTON Condemns Regulatory Breaches By National IT Development Agency

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has condemned regulatory violations by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) which border on communications matters within the regulatory scope of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). In a letter addressed ...


Content Services  |  DStv Rolls Out Baba TV In Uganda

DStv has launched BABA TV in Uganda. The new channel prides itself in being the highest-ranked channel with the best quality picture that viewers have seen in a long time. BABA TV is available on MultiChoice’s DStv platform on channel ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa's SABC Radio Presenters Frustrated By PSL Blackout

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) sports presenters have revealed that they are struggling and frustrated because they can no longer cover PSL matches. SABC Sport has been ordered to stop covering PSL matches after the cash-strapped public broadcaster rejected a ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Acting COO Resigns

The acting chief operations officer of South Africa's cash-strapped national broadcaster has resigned. Craig van Rooyen, who will exit the SABC on September 9, jumps ship after only three months as acting COO.His resignation comes just after the state-owned radio ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Radio Stations Barred From Announcing PSL Scores

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s scuffle with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) over broadcast rights has resulted in local football no longer being featured on any SABC radio stations in the foreseeable future. SABC TV stations have had a PSL blackout since the ...


Telecom  |  Airtel To Introduce Its Mobile Money Service In Nigeria

Airtel Africa has announced that it will soon be introducing its mobile money business in Nigeria. The Chief Executive Officer of Airtel, Raghunath Mandava, said that the growth in revenue could be attributed to the double-digit growth across all the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Zimbabwe Begins Voluntary Retrenchment Process

The struggling MultiChoice Zimbabwe is letting go of staff and has begun a voluntary retrenchment process as the country's DStv subscribers continue to plunge due to ongoing and worsening economic conditions. MultiChoice Zimbabwe's customer base is rapidly shrinking as people ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Gets New Boss

Ghana’s National Media Commission (NMC) together with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo have appointed the communication expert Prof. Amin Alhassan, as the Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. The Commission has also appointed the multiple award-winning sales leader, Frederick Amissah, ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria's Telcos Uncertain About 5G Rollout

Nigeria's ICT sector and telecoms industry are in a cloud of uncertainty as far as the rollout of 5G technology is concerned, with operators not revealing their specific plans. In July 2019, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission ...


Content Services  |  East Africa's Got Talent Now Airing In Tanzania, Kenya And Uganda

East Africa's Got Talent, a TV talent show competition which is a part of the Got Talent franchise that is owned by Simon Cowell, launched over the past weekend with a live broadcast at the Coca Cola headquarters. The show ...


Telecom  |  NCC Plans To Demolish 693 Telecom Masts In Nigeria

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has marked 693 abandoned telecom towers and masts throughout the country for demolition, according to the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Henry Nkemadu.  The NCC gave the owners of the towers 90 days grace to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Fox Africa Boss Repositioned As Restructuring Continues

The Walt Disney Company has revealed that it has repositioned the role of Fox Africa boss, Evert van der Veer, who will now be looking after all of the combined Fox and Disney channels in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe's Minister Of Broadcasting Services Challenges Transmedia Board

Monica Mutsvangwa, Zimbabwe's Minister of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services has announced that the newly-appointed Transmedia Corporation Private Limited board is mandated to provide guidance and leadership that will transform the organisation and ensure that good corporate governance is adhered ...


Sports Rights  |  Openview To Air Live English Premier League Games In South Africa

South African football fans will be delighted to hear that Openview is expanding its content by offering live English Premier League games which will be broadcast on a weekly basis featuring one of the top six most popular Premier League ...


Telecom  |  New Chairman, Ernest Ndukwe, To Bring Fresh Vibe To MTN Nigeria

The placement of Ernest Ndukwe, a telecom technocrat as the chairman of MTN Nigeria Plc, is an excellent match for his experience and skills, according to industry insiders.  Ndukwe, who is recognised by most as the father of modern telecommunications ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Fox Sports Africa To Rebrand Channels And Online Site To ESPN

Fox Sports Africa has announced that as of 30 August, its African audience will access ESPN shows on TV and online with the official rebrand of Fox Sports Africa to ESPN. The channels FOX Sports and FOX Sports 2 will ...


Broadcasting Services  |  NBC Grants Satellite Broadcast Licence To Nigerian University

The National Broadcasting Commission has granted approval for a Direct Satellite Broadcast (DSB) licence for Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria. The NBC’s Director-General, Ishaq Kawu, said that the licence would allow the University to operate its own television station ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe's Down And Out Telcos Increase Data Bundle Tariffs

As more consumers push for data roll-over in Zimbabwe, the country's mobile communication service providers have increased data bundle tariffs in the midst of continued economic pressure. Econet, Telecel and NetOne have confirmed an increase in operational costs caused by, ...


Sports Rights  |  DStv And GOtv Subscribers To Enjoy All FA Community Shield Games

DStv subscribers will enjoy all FA Community Shield matches this year because all the matches will be broadcast live on all DStv, GOtv Max and Plus packages. This will ensure that more football fans across the African continent will get ...


Industry Forum  |  Africa’s Broadcasters To Address Strategic And Operational Issues At SABA’s Annual Broadcasters Convention

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) in association with the Southern African Development Community Will be convening the Southern African region’s broadcasters and media executives at the highly-anticipated Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa 2019.  The ...


Content Services  |  Ethiopia Launches Its First-Ever Kids TV Channel

Ethiopia recently rolled out the nation's 30th television channel, Ethiopian Kids TV Channel. According to the Managing Director of Ethiopian Kids TV, Eskinder Kebede, the channel is designed to provide entertainment, informative and educational content for children and teenagers 24 ...


Internet Connectivity  |  Zambia Cancels Expiry Dates On Internet Bundles

Lawmakers in Zambia have passed a motion that prevents ISPs from placing expiry dates on internet bundles purchased by customers. The regulators said that enforcing expiry dates is equivalent to stealing from subscribers because expired bundles benefit service providers instead ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Launches NOW! TV In Botswana

MultiChoice Botswana has announced that the youth-focused original channel, NOW! TV has recently been launched on the DStv platform, Channel 290. NOW! TV is designed to provide entertainment, empower Botswana’s youth and help to grow the country’s local Film and ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Secures Rights To Broadcast Euro 2020 Qualifiers

The pay-TV operator StarTimes has announced that it has acquired the UEFA National Team Football broadcasting rights for 2019 and 2022. The company has secured transmission rights to broadcast the games in all countries across sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. ...


Industry Forum  |  Broadcasters And Telcos To Meet At 'OTT Streaming And Content On-Demand Forum' In Lagos, Nigeria

Industry reports suggest that revenues from OTT content streaming and on-demand services are set to reach a staggering US$100billion by 2020. Industry stakeholders are in the best position to partake in this phenomenal growth with endless opportunities, especially in the ...


Telecom  |  Internetwork Issues Disrupt Nigeria's Telecoms Sector

Last week Nigeria's telecoms internetwork connectivity was affected by regulatory and financial issues to a point where the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) was forced to intervene. According to the industry regulator, MTN disconnected calls from its rival Globacom over a ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  NBC Urges Nigeria’s Broadcasters To Practice Responsible Conflict Reporting

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has urged Nigeria’s broadcasters to be mindful of the content they deliver members of the public and the manner in which the content is delivered, as the country is currently going through some frightening security challenges. ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Develops $1.9m TV Channel In Kenya

StarTimes Media has announced that it is currently in the process of developing a new TV channel in Kenya which will mainly target women through local programs. Rembo TV will be available across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and will have ...


Video-On-Demand  |  ZimboTube Video-Sharing Website Rolled Out In Zimbabwe

A well-known Bulawayo based web-designer Donald Chabata, who is also known as Tyga Sparta, has developed a Zimbabwean video-sharing website called ZimboTube which is similar to the internationally popular YouTube, which has its headquarters in California. ZimboTube, like Youtube, allows ...


Telecom  |  Zim Telcos Struggle With Ongoing Powercuts

Zimbabwean telcos are thinking about shifting to solar energy amid the country's ongoing power outages, but say the costs are quite high.The issue has prompted the Zim government to consider giving out incentives to attract the import of solar equipment, ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Beats Amazon’s Prime Video In South Africa

The Amazon Prime Video streaming service is making its mark in South Africa as an attractive alternative to Showmax and Netflix. While Prime Video does not offer all of the most popular shows – such as Stranger Things and Game ...


Local Film  |  Sierra Leonean Film, Survivors, Scores Emmy Award Nomination

The Sierra Leonean filmmakers who put together the documentary Survivors are hoping to bag an Emmy Award for their creative efforts. Survivors was produced to provide a story of resilience and hope during the time of the destructive and deadly ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: E.tv's Open News Brand And App Shut Down 9 Months After Rollout

e.tv has announced that it has ended its Open News brand and also shut down the app just nine months after rolling out the TV news channel in November last year on its Openview satellite TV platform in South Africa. ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa’s Football Lovers Disappointed As Broke SABC Fails To Secure PSL Rights

The millions of South Africans who rely on the public broadcaster SABC TV and radio to enjoy live matches were left disappointed this past weekend when the cash-strapped SABC failed to broadcast the start of the new PSL season. The ...


Broadband  |  9mobile Signs Deal To Provide Internet Services In Nigeria

9mobile has revealed that it has signed an agreement with Gravitas, a property and infrastructure development firm, to provide telecommunications services to Lekki in Lagos. The telco issued a statement saying that it was partnering with Gravitas for the provision ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria’s Govt Promises To Invest In Animation Sector

The Nigerian Government has pledged to invest in the animation sector and other creative industries to create jobs for the youth, boost the nation’s GDP and achieve economic growth. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made this promise at the end of ...


Pay TV  |  Former Kwese TV Exec Joins MultiChoice Africa As New Corporate Affairs Boss

Reatile Tekateka, the former PR boss at Econet's Kwesé TV, has been appointed as pay-TV competitor MultiChoice Africa's new corporate affairs boss. As the head of PR and communications at Econet Media's fallen Kwesé TV, Tekateka oversaw media liaisons with ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  MultiChoice Plans To Merge Digital Assets To Keep Up With The OTT Era

MultiChoice is feeling the pressure in the over-the-top (OTT) environment and is on a mission to consolidate its digital assets. This was revealed in the company’s first annual report as a newly-listed corporation. The company said that its customer-centric approach ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: Pay-TV Operator TStv In Fake Content Scam

Nigeria's struggling pay-TV service provider, TStv, is embroiled in a content scam with a letter circulating and falsely stating that TStv has secured the broadcast rights to the English Premier League (EPL) for its Grande Sports channels and will also ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Kwese Play Enters Liquidation

Kwesé Play has revealed that it will be entering liquidation. Econet issued a statement saying that it is with sincere regret that it is announcing the liquidation of Kwesé Play. The statement goes on to explain that a few weeks ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya Plans To Lay-Off 575 Employees In Airtel Merger

The CEO of Telkom Kenya has announced plans to retrench 575 employees in its upcoming merger with Airtel Kenya. In a notice sent to staff recently, Telkom Kenya’s chief executive Mugo Kabati stated that as a result of the planned ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Rolls Out WWE Pop-Up Channel On DStv

MultiChoice has announced that it is adding a WWE wrestling pop-up channel to its DStv pay-TV platform for five months from August until the end of December on channel 128 for viewers to watch wrestling shows like SmackDown Live, Raw ...


Content Services  |  New Reality Show Launched In Ghana

A transformational reality show, A Jewel In The Streets, is about to launch on Ghana’s TV screens, with the British-Ghanaian actress Ama K Abebrese as the host. The show is designed to transform the lives of porters in a different ...


Music Streaming  |  South Africa: Spotify’s Stagnant Subscriber Growth Causes Shares To Fall

Spotify Technology SA’s shares dropped by 5.1% in premarket trading this past Wednesday after reporting slower subscriber growth than what investors had hoped for. The company closed off the most recent quarter with 108 million subscribers on its premium service, ...


Radio Spectrum  |  South Africa’s Telcos Give Mixed Reactions To New Spectrum Directive

There has been mixed reactions from South Africa’s mobile operators, but also a sense of optimism, as they ponder the implications of the new policy directive on spectrum allocation recently announced by the country’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Cameroon Launches Collaboration Platform

MTN Cameroon has rolled out MTN Fusion, a new collaboration platform designed to strengthen its relations with enterprise partners. Launched in Cameroon's economic capital Douala earlier this month (July 2019), the platform assists in identifying business opportunities related to new ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Reduces Data Prices By 42 Percent

Safaricom has cut its internet charges by 42 percent in response to the increased competition in Kenya’s telecommunications industry, as was revealed by its South Africa-based shareholder Vodacom in recent filings. The telecoms firm, which is listed on the Nairobi ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Top Broadcasting Executive Says Social Media Can Make Broadcasters Lazy

One of Nigeria’s key broadcasting executives, Yemi Sonde says that some of the country’s broadcasters have become lazy because of the presence of social media and are no longer making efforts to develop their creative abilities. He stated this recently ...


Industry Forum  |  “Innovative Ways To Monetise Content For Broadcasters” - Key Execs To Speak At Broadcasters Convention In Nigeria

“Innovative ways for broadcasters and new media platforms to monetise content in the digital ecosystem” is one of the discussion themes as senior broadcasting and media executives from Nigeria and beyond will convene for the 4th edition of the Annual ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Zimbabwean Govt Funds New Community Radio Stations After Cyclone

Zimbabwe’s parliament has revealed that the Zimbabwean Government has provided $180 000 for the building of community radio stations in cyclone-hit Chimanimani and Beitbridge and Binga. Speaking at a Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) broadcasting conference in Harare last ...


Film Policy  |  Tanzania: Filmmakers Concerned New Law Might Destroy Foreign Film Business

Tanzania has passed a bill that orders film companies to share their raw footage with the government and also allow it to promote Tanzania on the video. Although the president hasn’t signed it into law yet, already the country’s opposition ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana’s Government Says It Has Not Approved Sale Of GBC Channels To Private Buyers

Ghana’s Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah recently stated that the country’s government had not advised the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to sell any of its channels to private investors. In an interview on Radio Ghana, the Minister revealed that the ...


Broadband  |  Liquid Rolls Out First Fibre Network In South Sudan

The Pan-African telecoms firm Liquid Telecom will construct and deploy South Sudan's first-ever fibre broadband network. This network is set to connect the country to the 'One Africa' broadband network, which runs 70,000km across 13 African countries. A statement released ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Achieves Strong Maiden Results After Listing

MTN Nigeria has reported strong results as a listed company, with its operating margins expanding due to excellent service revenue growth. The Nigerian unit is MTN Group’s largest division. For the six months that ended on 30 June 2019, earnings ...


Content Services  |  Popular Zimbabwe Drama, Tunga, Goes 3D

One of Zimbabwe’s top producers Willard “Slimaz” Magombedze said that his popular drama series Tunga, which airs on ZBC-TV on Saturdays, has taken a brand new outlook in terms of improving cinematography and costumes in an effort to make the ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Suspension Of Nigeria's Fulani Radio Fuels Clashes Between Farmers And Herdsmen

The Director-General of Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Is 'haq Kawu Modibbo and the Executive Secretary at the National Commission for Nomadic Education, Prof. Bashir H. Usman have blamed the suspension of Fulani Radio in Nigeria for the increase in ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Announces One-Week Offer Of Free Kids Channels

The Pay-TV company, StarTimes, has announced its offer of one-week free viewing for all its children’s channels starting from August 1 to 7. According to StarTimes, this offer is aimed at educating, entertaining and providing highly informative and engaging content ...


Radio Spectrum  |  South Africa Delays Anticipated Spectrum Auction

The South African government has published a policy directive that announces that it will now allow smaller telecommunications companies to share in the national wireless network, a move that further delays the nation’s long-awaited spectrum auction. Vodacom and MTN, the ...


Film and Cinema  |  Foreign Investors Flock To Nigeria's Nollywood

Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, has long kept viewers entertained with stories of riches and romance, now foreign investors are increasingly looking to be a part of the action. US giant VOD platform Netflix, China's StarTimes and France's Canal+ are among ...


Telecom  |  Telecom Egypt Collaborates With CNE To Launch IPTV

The Egyptian telco Telecom Egypt has inked a deal with Cable Network Egypt (CNE) to provide CNE’s customers with IPTV. Through the partnership, Telecom Egypt will provide its customers with original content and TV channels through the IPTV platform. Various ...


Film and Cinema  |  Award-Winning Zimbabwean Film, Cook Off, To Premiere In The UK

The Writer/Director Tomas Lutuli Brickhill has been named as the person who will host the UK premiere of the award-winning Zimbabwean film Cook Off alongside its cast and crew. As Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe's 37-year-long rule started to dismantle ...


Telecom  |  Ex CEO Of NCC Appointed As Chairman Of MTN Nigeria Board

MTN Nigeria has announced that it has appointed Ernest Ndukwe, the former CEO/Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as a chairman-designate in a board reshuffle that saw the long-serving banker Dr Pascal Dozie, ousted from the position ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  South Africa: Sentech Shuts Down Meyerton Shortwave Site

The South African public broadcast signal distributor, Sentech, closed down its shortwave station in Meyerton at the end of March. The shutdown was planned and was due to years of financial losses. Meyerton was built by the state ten years ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Nigeria’s NigComSat-1R Satellite To Expire In 7 Years

Nigeria’s only communications satellite NigComSat-1R will expire by 2026, according to its managers. NigComSat-1 was conceptualised and constructed by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) at the cost of approximately $400m. That satellite was launched in orbit in May ...


Broadcasting Services  |  No Funding For SABC Unless It Complies With Conditions -South African Govt

South Africa’s Treasury Director-General, Dondo Mogajane, said in parliament yesterday that the SABC would have to comply with the conditions that have been laid down by the Treasury before it can access multi-billion-rand bailout that it has requested from the ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: StarTimes And VSKIT Collaborate To Host New TV Show, Voice To Fame

The short video sharing platform, VSKIT has revealed that it has entered into a partnership with the pay-TV operator, StarTimes, to host the first edition of ‘Voice to Fame,’ a singing competition in Nigeria. The programme will hit television airwaves ...


Digital Migration  |  Kenya’s Media Landscape Disrupted By Digital And Online –TIFA Report

There have been significant changes in Kenya’s media landscape, and a recently published report by TIFA Research and Reelforge provides insights into what the changes have been. The differences in the Kenyan media landscape before and after the digital broadcasting ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Telkom-Airtel Merger Will Not Include Telkom’s Fiber Network And ICT Unit

The merger of Kenya’s two biggest telcos is in its final stages, and the media is receiving more and more details about the forthcoming amalgamation. It was reported recently that the Communication Authority had given all parties that might want ...


Telecom  |  Cameroon Telcos Collaborate To Form A Representative Organisation

Cameroon's telcos have joined forces to put together a representative organisation, the Cameroon Association of Telephone Mobile Operators (CATMO). CATMO was established recently in Douala and is led by the General Manager of Orange Cameroun, Frederic Debord and Moise Bayi, ...


Film and Cinema  |  South African Film, Stroop, Receives International Award

The South African breakout film STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war, has won the highly sought-after Genesis Award in the Brigitte Bardot International Documentary Feature Film division in the United States. The Genesis Awards recognises outstanding work in ...


Industry Forum  |  Sentech To Showcase At Key Forum On Infrastructure And Platforms For Converged Broadcast Media

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) as the convener of the Industry Forum on Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media on the 21st to 22nd of August 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel –Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa has announced ...


Telecom  |  NCC To Regulate Nigeria’s Telecoms Sector In Preparation For Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has kicked off the process of reviewing the existing Numbering Plan (NP) in the country’s telecoms sector, according to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta.   Danbatta said that the review is ...


Music Streaming  |  New Video Streaming App, Naijatastic, Makes Waves In Nigeria

Naijatastic is a mobile video streaming app that was officially rolled out in Nigeria at the start of 2019. It has quickly gained popularity among users because it allows the user to stream audio and video at no cost. The ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Iflix Video Service Raises Over $50Million As It Prepares For Public Listing

Iflix, the streaming video service that is in competition with Netflix in various emerging markets, announced recently that it had raised a substantial amount of funding led by Fidelity International, in collaboration with returning investors Hearst, Catcha Group, EMC and ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Launches In Nigeria And Collaborates With BBNaija

The video streaming service Showmax has announced its rollout in Nigeria and has entered into a partnership with Big Brother Naija to launch an exclusive recap show, Big Brother Naija Hot Room. Nigerian comedian Basketmouth and Bovi will host the ...


Pay TV  |  Econet’s Struggle To Repatriate Funds Causes More Problems For Kwese TV

The telecoms firm Econet Wireless is experiencing trouble in its mission to repatriate funds from Zimbabwe. This situation has caused it not to pay creditors and therefore, created significant challenges for the already troubled Econet Media-owned Kwese TV. The CEO ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe Telecoms Revenues Get Hit By Inflation

Zimbabwe’s telecoms sector has recorded a significant drop in revenue for the first time in four years due to severe inflationary pressure as the government becomes more strict on price controls. The Potraz sector report for the first quarter of ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify Rolls Out Disney Music Hub In South Africa

Spotify has launched the new Disney Music Hub in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. Through the Disney Music Hub Spotify, users can now enjoy all the music from Disney movies and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Set To Lay Off 33% Of Staff And Shut Down Five Offices -Reports

South Africa’s national broadcaster, the SABC, in a statement issued to the Sunday Times, has announced plans to close down five offices, decrease the headcount of management by 37% and lay off a third of its staff to save the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Zimbabwe Receives Approval To Accept Forex Payments

MultiChoice has confirmed that it will now be excluded from Zimbabwe's new restrictions on payments and foreign currencies after the country's central bank allowed the pay-TV network's Zimbabwe operation to collect subscriptions in foreign currency. Banks in Zimbabwe had placed ...


Content Services  |  ZBC Signs Broadcast Content Partnership Agreement With Zimbabwe Prisons

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) on a content partnership that is directed towards ensuring a more coordinated approach to the prison system’s offender rehabilitation and ...


Film and Cinema  |  Egypt To Screen First Animation Film At El Gouna Film Festival

The El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has revealed that it will host the premiere screening of The Knight & The Princess, Egypt’s first animated feature film, at its third edition in September. The film’s script was written by Bashir al-Deek, who ...


Telecom  |  Ex Vodafone CEO Joins MTN As Chief Digital, Fintech Officer

The MTN Group has announced that it has appointed Vodacom's ex-Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A, Yolanda Cuba, as its new Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer. The mobile operator issued a statement saying that Cuba would join the MTN ...


Digital Migration  |  Gambia Gears Up For Digital TV Broadcasting

Gambia’s public signal distributor for terrestrial television (DTT), Digital Gambia Limited (DGL), and its partner EXCAF-Gambia telecom recently revealed that Gambia plans to migrate from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by 2020. The migration from analogue TV to digital broadcasting ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: M-Net Bags Rights For 'The Bachelor SA' Season Two

M-Net has acquired the rights to produce the second season of "The Bachelor South Africa", and audiences will join the show's new leading man on his exciting journey as he looks for love in February 2020. Jason Greer will be ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria Receives US$100-million Loan To Extend Broadband Coverage

Nigeria has been granted a loan of US$100-million by the Export-Import Bank of India. The loan will be used to install solar-powered telecommunication sites and also widen national broadband coverage. According to the country's communications ministry, over the next 12 ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes And Major League Wrestling Collaborate To Broadcast ‘Fusion’ In Africa

Major League Wrestling has announced that it has entered into a broadcast agreement to air its front-running weekly hour-long show MLW Fusion non-exclusively all across Africa on StarTimes platforms. The partnership will kick-off this summer with StarTimes broadcasting weekly action-packed ...


Telecom  |  Airtel And MTN Rollout Initiative To Promote Digital Inclusion In Rwanda

Rwanda’s mobile industry is collaborating with the GSMA to boost mobile internet adoption and grow digital literacy in the country. It was revealed at the recent ‘Mobile 360 Africa’ event in Kigali that local mobile network operators Airtel and MTN ...


Showcase Interview  |  "Cloud Broadcasting Services Are The Answer To Monetising Content In A Digital Ecosystem" – Paul Omoruyi, Seasoned Filmmaker And Producer

Paul Omoruyi, the Founder of PSI Film & Creative Academy, says that cloud services, along with an insight-driven approach are the future of the monetisation of content in Africa's digital broadcasting ecosystem. Mr Paul Omoruyi, responding to questions from Broadcast ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC Closes Down Operations In Burundi

The British public radio broadcaster BBC has decided to shut down its Burundi bureau following disagreements with the government over the airing of programmes. Larry Madowo, BBC's Africa Business Editor, said that all efforts towards settling a recent dispute over ...


Film Making  |  Lack Of Funding Reportedly Destroying Zimbabwe Film Industry

Enock Chihombori, a well-known Zimbabwean film writer and producer of the Gringo cartoon and TV character, this week declared his frustration around the lack of funding which he says is destroying Zimbabwe’s film industry. Chihombori, who is currently based in ...


Broadband  |  Telnet Tunisia Collaborates With Russia In Satellite Deal

The Tunisian technology engineering and consulting firm Telnet Group has entered into a brand new contract with Russian satellite companies GK Launch Services and Sputnix to launch 30 satellites that will support an IoT network by 2023. The terms of ...


Radio Spectrum  |  South Africa’s Final Spectrum Policy To Be Issued Soon -Minister

After many years of delays, South Africa’s long-anticipated final policy directive on spectrum allocation will be released to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) any day now. The announcement was made recently by the country’s Communications and Digital ...


Showcase Interview  |  "Consumer Demand Will Successfully Drive Quad-Play Services In Africa" – Mark H. Gordon, CEO –SUPAView TV

Adv. Mark H Gordon, the CEO of SUPAView TV, says he has acknowledged that it is consumer demand that would ultimately drive Quad-Play services across Africa. Adv. Gordon was in conversation with Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in preparation for the ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe: Govt Expects US$300-Million For NetOne, TelOne

The Zimbabwean government says that it hopes to complete the sale of its majority shares in the mobile phone operator NetOne and the fixed telecom company TelOne before the end of the year. The country's Finance minister Mthuli Ncube said ...


Content Services  |  Sipromad Acquires Pan-African Channel Africanews For $20Million

The pan-African channel Africanews that was previously owned by Euronews NBC has been bought by the Malagasy Group Sipromad for close to 20 million US Dollars. Created in 2016 by the French group Euronews NBC, pan-African television Africanews is a ...


Video-On-Demand  |  New Streaming Service, Set To Be The 'Netflix Of South Africa'

South African radio personality, Tbo Touch is ready to shake up the game later this month with the launch of his streaming services which he has dubbed "the Netflix of South Africa". In a recent interview, Touch said that THD24 ...


Content Services  |  Canal+ Buys Nollywood Studio ROK From IROKOtv To Promote African Film

The French television company Canal+ has acquired the ROK film studio from the VOD company IROKOtv for an amount which has not yet been disclosed to the press. Founded by Jason Njoku in 2010, IROKOtv has the most extensive online ...


Content Services  |  Nigerian Muslim Group Calls For Immediate Ban Of 'Big Brother Naija'

A Muslim group in Nigeria has demanded that the West-African country's government ban the current season of the Big Brother Naija reality show which is broadcast on DStv all across Africa, describing the show's contestants as "immoral inmates" and adding ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Offers Discovery Inc.'s Real Time Channel Across Africa

MultiChoice has announced that Discovery Inc.'s Real Time channel will be added to MultiChoice's GOtv and DStv satellite pay-TV service throughout the rest of Africa as well from Monday 15 July 2019. The development comes after Real Time was added ...


Telecom  |  Kenya’s Communication Authority Hints At Approval Of Airtel-Telkom Merger

The last time that Telkom and Airtel Kenya’s proposed merger was communicated to the masses, it was said that the development was subject to approval by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). The CEO of Telkom Kenya amplified the process ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Somalia Suspends Two Private TV Stations

Authorities in Somalia have confirmed that they have suspended the activities of two private TV channels namely Eryal TV and Horyaal 24TV, accusing them of inciting violence, according to a press rights group and a station manager. Police are reported ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Enhances Its Sports Offering With Live Streaming

Showmax has recently been very busy enhancing its sports offering. Extended highlights from major sporting events such as Wimbledon, PGA tournaments and the Tour de France as well as a range of SuperSport’s most beloved magazine and talk shows are ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Minister Promises To Fast-Track Digital Migration

South Africa’s Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has pledged — like many of her predecessors — to fast-track South Africa’s late migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television. Speaking in parliament earlier this week Ndabeni-Abrahams said that the department would present ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Shares Take A Plunge After Lagos Listing

Airtel Africa shares fell by 10% on Wednesday, a day after its $4.4bn listing in Lagos, mirroring a similar drop on the London stock market where the telecoms company has its primary listing. The telecoms firm listed in Lagos on ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Acquires Rights To Broadcast 2019 International Champions Cup

StarTimes has announced that it will broadcast the 2019 edition of the International Champions Cup starting on July 17th until August 10th. The pay-TV service provider, StarTimes has over the years given its viewers access to the pre-season tournament which ...


Regulation  |  Nigerian Copyright Commission Board Takes Up New Operational Strategy

The new Governing Board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confirmed its commitment to managing dynamic operational strategies to position the Commission to effectively carry out its statutory mandates that are under the Copyright Act. Addressing the media during ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zambia: Local Media Owners Concerned About China's Influence On Broadcast Media Landscape

Zambia made a deal with the Chinese media conglomerate, StarTimes, to help switch from analogue to digital TV. Now, Zambian media owners are criticising the collaboration saying that the country's broadcast industry offers an abundant volume of Chinese kung fu ...


Telecom  |  Telekom Networks Malawi Invests Millions Into Network Infrastructure Development

Malawi's second-largest telecommunications operator, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has claimed to have invested over US$89.4-million into infrastructure development in the past five years to broaden its network coverage. The Chairperson of the company's board Dr George Partridge said that the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana's GBC Denies Selling TV Channels To Private Sector

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has denied that it sold GBC’s TV channels to private companies to operate. It said the allegation that the state broadcaster had sold eight channels to private firms was false, as no channel belonging to GBC ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify South Africa Launches 'Lite' App For Emerging Markets

Spotify Technology SA has released a new version of its music streaming app for users in emerging markets. The company says that this is an effort to grow outside of its strongholds in Europe and the US. The Spotify Lite ...


Industry Forum  |  Funding And Financing Opportunities For Digital Media At Nigeria’s Annual Broadcast Convention

“Adequate funding and financing for digital broadcast and media services in Nigeria” is the subject of a key presentation at this year’s edition of the Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention in Nigeria. As digital broadcast media services continue apace, funding ...


Telecom  |  Mozambique's Mobile Operators In Trouble Over Unregistered SIM Cards

Mozambique's communications industry regulator ARECOM has given the country's three mobile phone service operators ten days to fix the issue of unregistered SIM cards or face legal sanctions. The regulator has accused Vodacom, Movitel, and mCel of violating the government's ...


Content Services  |  Music TV Channel, Zone Three 6 To Begin Digital TV Terrestrial Transmission In Ghana

One of Ghana’s Biggest Entertainment sources, Zone Three 6 has revealed that it will soon begin its Digital Terrestrial operations on TV and will be accessible in major parts of the country such as Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Takoradi, Koforidua, ...


Content Services  |  New Family Channel, Pineapple TV Launches In Nigeria

Pineapple TV has been rolled out in Nigeria. It is Africa's first-ever dedicated children and family TV Channel that promises to deliver fun, safe and quality programming. The new channel will target an audience of children between four to 16 ...


Industry Forum  |  Evaluation Of 'Quad-Play' Services In Converged Ecosystem At Forum On Digital Infrastructure And Platforms For Broadcast Media

The Possible Path To Success For 'Quad-play converged media services in Africa is one of the key subjects at the upcoming Industry Forum on Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media. According to the Forum organisers, the issue will ...


Sports Rights  |  Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Fails To Acquire AFCON Rights

Uganda Broadcasting Corporation has expressed its disappointment over its failure to broadcast the AFCON match between Uganda and Egypt. Following its failed negotiations with the Africa Union of Broadcasters (AUB) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the station ended ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: NBC Introduces 6th Broadcasting Code To Minimise Fake News

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has introduced a new edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, the 6th edition in its series. This new edition was brought about to enhance development and professionalism in Nigeria’s broadcast industry.   Mallam Isaq Modibbo ...


Telecom  |  Cameroonian Telcos Penalised For SIM Card Registration Violations

According to Cameroon's Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB), MTN Cameroon, Viettel Cameroun (Nexttel) and Orange Cameroun have been fined $1.7 mil, $1.7 mil and $2.5 mil respectively for failing to adhere to subscriber identification regulations. Philemon Zoo Zame, the Director General ...


Broadcast Rights  |  CAF Condemns BeoutQ For AFCON Piracy

Africa’s football body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has come out strongly against beoutQ. The Saudi-backed pirate network was recently denounced by FIFA, and it has been revealed by a French court that Arabsat was distributing the channel. Now, ...


Pay TV  |  “Administration Application Will Have No Impact On Kwese Free TV Launch” –Econet CEO

Econet Media’s CEO, Joseph Hundah, in an interview with TechCentral last week said that the decision to place Econet Media’s pay-TV business into administration would have “no impact” on the planned rollout of Kwese Free TV in South Africa. He ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom Launches VodaPay Masterpass

Vodacom has rolled out its VodaPay Masterpass mobile app in South Africa, which utilises Mastercard’s global digital payment service to make tokenised bank card payments. The app has been made available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play ...


Broadcasting Services  |  M6 Group To Launch New TV Channel Across Sub-Saharan Africa

M6 Group has confirmed that it plans to roll out a new TV channel into French-speaking Africa – M6 International. The CEO of M6 Group, Nicolas de Tavernost, said that the new channel would highlight a line-up of content that ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Piracy Casts A Dark Shadow Over AFCON Games In North Africa

The Confederation of African Football has seen a new major hacking incident committed by the pirate television platform called ‘beoutQ’, involving the final match of the Total Africa Cup of Nations taking place from 21 June up until 19 July ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  NCC Collaborates With NTA To Improve Copyright Protection In Nigeria’s Broadcast Industry

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) have formed a partnership to launch a copyright awareness and enforcement campaign to create a well-regulated broadcast space and do away with piracy of protected broadcast signals across Nigeria. ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe's Auditor-General Raises Concerns Over NetOne's Future

Zimbabwe's Auditor-General Mildred Chiri has raised concerns over the ability of state-owned mobile firm NetOne to continue its operations based on many financial risks identified by her office. NetOne is among a list of state-owned telecom companies that the government ...


Film and Cinema  |  International Conservators Resurrect Africa’s First Animated Film

The Nigerien pioneer Moustapha Alassane’s stop-motion film Samba the Great is being showcased in Bologna. The Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) programme executed by New York University and the French Embassy’s Cultural Services in New York have joined forces ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: YouTube And SuperSport Clash Over Details Of Streaming Agreement -Reports

YouTube has clarified its recent statement that it would provide South Africans access to the live streaming of rugby, cricket, basketball, and football events in collaboration with SuperSport. The company announced in a press statement on 2 July that it ...


Pay TV  |  Econet Places Pay-TV Business Under Administration

The African pay-TV operator Econet Media has confirmed that it has placed its struggling satellite broadcasting business under administration. Econet, which operates under the brand name “Kwese” will begin talks with creditors to save the business, according to the CEO, ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: NBC And ICPC In Legal Battle Over $6.9Million DSO Project

Nigeria is on the brink of missing yet another chance to advance into the Age of Information; a new era where knowledge and technology drive the economy. This new era is dependent on digital dividends through the shift towards digital ...


Broadband  |  Safaricom, Wananchi Telecom, Compete For Broadband Market Dominance In Kenya

According to the latest quarterly report released by Kenya's Communications Authority (CA), Safaricom has gained more market share in the fixed broadband segment, while the market leader Wananchi Telecom has taken a loss. The Q3 report (January and March 2019) ...


Company  |  Naspers Appoints New CEO For South African Business

Naspers, the largest public company in Africa, thanks to its lucrative investment in China’s Tencent, has announced that it has appointed Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa as the CEO of its South African business ahead of an offshore listing of its international assets. ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Launches 4G In Niger

Airtel has distributed 4G LTE in Niger. The mobile operator has the largest network in Niger and is now the first operator in the country to roll out a 4G network. The launching celebration took place last Saturday, June 29, ...


Industry Forum  |  Broadcast Media Stakeholders To Network At 4th Annual Convention On Digital Broadcasting And Media - Nigeria

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will be convening Nigeria's senior broadcasting and media executives for the  4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention In Lagos, Nigeria, on the 27th & 28th August 2019. The ...


Content Services  |  Big Brother Naija Season 4 Premieres On DStv And GOtv

Big Brother Naija Season 4 kicked off on Sunday the 30th of June. The live premiere show gave Nigerians all over the world access to the excitement on stage live on GOtv and DStv. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu spoke on the season, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Zambia Rolls Out Mobile Savings Product

MTN Zambia, JUMO and Barclays Zambia have collaborated to roll out KASAKA, a short-term mobile saving offering. The savings account facility has been added onto JUMO’s operating platform and can be accessed by MTN Mobile Money subscribers through Barclays Zambia. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Somaliland Censors And Bans Two Privately-Owned TV Stations Indefinitely

Somaliland, a region of Somalia in East Africa has reportedly censored and banned two privately-owned TV stations in the capital of Hargeisa - Eryal TV and Horyaal 24 TV - indefinitely, taking both the TV stations off the air. ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe's Struggling TelOne Sees Increase In Data Subscriber Volume

Zimbabwe's state-owned telecoms operator, TelOne continues to be affected by a shortfall in payments due from mainly government-employed clients even though it has increased its data subscriber numbers by 14%. The company recently confirmed that its pre-tax loss for the ...


Industry Forum  |  “Quality Content Is Key To Success In The Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem,” Say Industry Executives At SABA’s Content Management Industry Forum

At the recently concluded Industry Forum on Content Management for Digital Broadcast Media that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) on the 25th and 26th of June 2019 at the BON Hotel ...


Content Services  |  Google Rolls Out YouTube Membership Channels In South Africa

Google has begun rolling out channel memberships for YouTube in South Africa that will enable users to support channel creators by signing themselves up to donate a monthly fee of R39.99 ($2.83) to their favourite channels according to information provided ...


Broadband  |  Liquid Pioneers South Sudan's First Fibre Network

The Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom has announced that it will implement and operate South Sudan's first-ever fibre broadband network, connecting the nation to the 'One Africa' broadband network, which spans for almost 70,000km across 13 African countries. According to ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore Dies

The CEO of Safaricom PLC Bob Collymore has passed away on the 1st of July 2019 from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, according to a statement released by Safaricom. Collymore had been receiving medical treatment in the UK since October 2017 and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s Government To Save SABC From Communication Blackout

It has been reported that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will be saved from an imminent communication blackout by the South African Government. Speaking at the sidelines of country’s state of the nation address on Thursday (20 June), the ...


Company  |  Tiso Blackstar Group Sells Media, Broadcast Businesses In Four African Countries

Tiso Blackstar Group has announced that it is selling its media, broadcast and content businesses in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana to the 100% black-owned Lebashe Investment Group for $71 million. The Tiso Blackstar Group owns various broadcasting brands ...


Local Content  |  Netflix Starts Production On Second Original African Series

Netflix Africa has kicked off the production for its second original African series. The upcoming series, Blood & Water is a coming of age, mystery drama that is based in Cape Town. The highly-acclaimed award-winning director Nosipho Dumisa (Best Director, ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Arabsat To Deliver Moroccan Channel Through Arabsat-5C Across Africa

Arabsat has announced that it will be broadcasting the Moroccan TV channel, Al Maghribia, via Arabsat-5C, the Arabic satellite for Direct-To-Home services across Africa. Al Maghribia is a channel of the SNRT (Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision) bouquet ...


Telecom  |  MTN's Massive Nigeria Tax Dispute Adjourned Until October

A Nigerian judge who has been given the responsibility to resolve a $2billion (R28.65bn) tax dispute between South African mobile network provider -MTN Group and Nigeria's attorney-general, adjourned the case until October 29 The attorney-general has said that MTN must ...


Showcase Interview  |  "The Evolving OTT Media Landscape Is A Win-Win Situation For All Industry Stakeholders" – Osezua Stephen-Imobhio, President – Oduma Creative Worx LTD

Osezua Stephen-Imobhio, the President of Oduma Creative Worx LTD, says that the transformation of the broadcasting and media industry from linear to digital, coupled with the evolving streaming and Over-The-Top (OTT) media landscape is part of a positive transformation that ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) Makes Progress In Changing Media Landscape

The Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) Secretary General Cecil Jarurakouje Nguvauva recently acknowledged SADC Public Service Broadcasters and governments of SADC for their tireless support and contribution to the various projects that SABA is currently rolling out. The Secretary-General said ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Plans To Price London Listing At Bottom Of Price Range – Reports

Airtel Africa Ltd’s forthcoming initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange is expected to make its entrance with the pricing of 80 pence, the bottom end of its price range, according to one of the bookrunners involved in the ...


Sports Rights  |  Uganda Broadcasting Corporation In Talks To Broadcast AFCON On Credit

Uganda’s national broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) is in negotiations with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to broadcast the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) matches on credit. The tournament that is currently being held in Egypt began a ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Group Announces Sale Of Business Unit In Zambia

The Vodacom Group which operates in Zambia as Vodafone has announced that it has sold its business unit operations in Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria to Andile Ngcaba’s Synergy Communications. The transaction is now awaiting approval from the regulatory authorities ...


Industry Forum  |  How To Build Viable Digital Broadcasting Services On Converged Infrastructure And Platforms

This platform, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) is convening broadcast and media executives for an industry forum on Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media on the 21st – 22nd August 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel –Sandton in Johannesburg, ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Secures Four Million More Subscribers, Invests $220m In Nigeria

The Chinese media company, StarTimes, has revealed that it has invested $220m in Nigeria since it rolled out operations in the country in 2010. David Zhang, the Managing Director of StarTimes, announced this in Abuja at the celebration of 2019 ...


Content Services  |  eNCA Scraps Long-Running Shows As It Revamps Its Schedule

eNCA (DStv 403) has cancelled Tonight with Jane Dutton, along with several other new and long-running shows - including Maggs on Media. The news comes as eNCA is once again working on a scheduling-revamp following a lacklustre line-up reshuffle it ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation To Bring Back TV Licence Fee

Augustin Yamson, the acting Director-General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has announced that GBC has decided to bring back the payment of the TV Licence fee as the organisation starts to focus more on Public Service Broadcasting and also aims ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Deploys 4G+ In Cities

In its determination to provide premium service to its subscribers across the country, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has launched 4G+ in Abuja, Lagos and Port-Harcourt. MTN 4G+ operates on 4G LTE advanced technology, using a fusion of the recently deployed ...


Content Services  |  Namibia Broadcasting Corporation Debuts First Reality Show

The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has announced that it has finally launched, ‘Body with Maria’, its first reality show which will be broadcast on NBC TV every Sunday. The show will be hosted by Maria Nepembe, a former Namibian Big ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Signs 2G Licence Deal With Congo

The Vodacom Group has confirmed that it has signed a contract with the Congolese government to end a standoff over the recent cancellation of its 2G telecoms licence. The Congolese ministry had suspended the licence in April, saying that Vodacom ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Rolls Out Anti-fraud API To Protect Its Business

Amid increasing reports of fraud related to SIM swaps, Safaricom has rolled out an anti-fraud API designed to protect its business and that of other financial institutions. The service will allow financial institutions to enquire with Safaricom if there has ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Zimbabwe Headed For Trying Times -Reports

MultiChoice Zimbabwe is bracing itself for another knock as the remaining DStv and GOtv subscribers in the country are now forced to pay their monthly subscription fees in the new Zimbabwean dollar as the only approved currency. Last week MultiChoice ...


Sports Rights  |  Zimbabwe's ZBC Struggles To Pay For AFCON Rights -Reports

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is reportedly battling to secure the €700 000 (about US$791 000) that is required to secure broadcast rights for the soccer tournament that just kicked off in Egypt. Zimbabwe’s national soccer team is part of this ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Signs $138Mil Loan Agreement With Nigeria’s Banks

Airtel Nigeria has reportedly signed a five-year loan contact with a number of Banks in Nigeria.   This news comes just as the telecommunication firm prepares to list its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the 4th of ...


Telecom  |  Orange And Other Leading Telcos Consider Ethiopia Entry

Orange has confirmed that it is considering a bid for a stake in Ethiopia’s state-owned phone monopoly as the country prepares to welcome foreign telecoms investors for the first time. The Deputy CEO of the French carrier, Ramon Fernandez, said ...


Content Services  |  ZBCtv Rolls Out New TV Show ‘Malaika’ In Zimbabwe

ZBCtv introduced new TV show ‘Malaika’ which deals with the difficulties faced by women in their everyday life from a Christian perspective every Saturday at 5.30PM. The show is hosted by Rosemary Tyatya together with a panel that features co-hosts ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice To Lay Off 2194 Employees -Reports

More than 2 000 MultiChoice employees have reportedly been served with retrenchment letters, as the pay-TV services operator plans for a business “realignment”. Employees were informed of these plans on Friday by MultiChoice’s Group CEO Calvo Mawela. The 2194 employees ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Announces Plans To Sell Operations In Nigeria

Mobile phone company Vodacom has announced a strategic reshuffling of its Vodacom Business Africa operations that it said would result in three individual share purchase agreements involving its businesses in Nigeria, Angola, Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. Vodacom issued a ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Rolls Out Bollywood Channel 'StarLife'

Fans of Bollywood will now enjoy Indian movies as StarTimes has confirmed the addition of StarLife to its list of offered channels. This was announced by the StarTimes Brand and Marketing Director, Qasim Elegbede, at a recent press conference. Elegbede ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Seacom To Look Into Fibre Opportunities Across East Africa

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has given a grant to pan-African telecoms, and network services provider Seacom limited to conduct a feasibility study of the market potential for fibre services in Uganda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. According ...


Film Making  |  SABC, M-Net And Gauteng Film Commission To Conduct Content Licensing Sessions In South Africa

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA), The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) and the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) will be in attendance at the 3rd Ekurhuleni International Film Festival (EIFF) that is taking place from 20 June up ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Launches' Reverse Call' Feature

Safaricom has launched a reverse call feature that enables its clients to make calls on a zero airtime balance. The service enables the caller to transfer the cost of the call to the receiver by adding a '#' before the ...


Local Content  |  Casting And Location Scouting Starting Soon For M-Net's Forthcoming 'Shaka' Series

Casting and location scouting will begin soon to find the perfect place and talent to film M-Net's edition of the story of the South African Zulu king Shaka that will be aired as a new drama series on DStv's Mzansi ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Server Hacked By Suspected Cyber Criminals -Reports

Media reports from Nigerian news publications revealed that over the past weekend MTN was the victim of cyber-crime on its server that saw the mobile giant lose over $1,9 million (N700 million) in a little under two hours, after its ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Research Company Releases List Of Kenya’s Highest Ranking TV And Radio Stations

A recent report of the research done by Trends and Insights For Africa (TIFA) has named the TV and Radio Stations which captured the majority of the Kenyan audience over the last seven days. The African-based research firm gathered the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA To Investigate Broadcasting ‘Must-Carry’ Regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released a press statement announcing that it intends to launch an inquiry into South African broadcasting’s must-carry regulations to determine if they need to be amended. According to ICASA, the cause ...


Digital TV  |  SAWA Rights Management Rolls Out Insight TV On My-HD In North Africa

SAWA Rights Management (SRM) has announced that it will be launching Insight TV across North Africa on My-HD, a direct-to-home Pay-TV platform that is offered in HD. Subscribers from all areas of the Middle East and North Africa will now ...


Local Film  |  New Amnesty International Launches Human Rights Film In West And Central Africa

Two years following the launch of its Brave Campaign, Amnesty International is rolling out a film that will document the courage of human rights defenders from West and Central Africa. The thought-provoking film “Brave: Human Rights Defenders In West And ...


Telecom  |  Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria Reassures Telecoms Stakeholders Of Fairness

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, has reassured players in Nigeria’s telecommunications industry of transparency and fairness in adjudication. The acting CJN gave this assurance while delivering a speech at the recent Nigerian Communications Commission 2019 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax And DStv Now Performing Better Than Netflix In Africa -Reports

MultiChoice has published its annual results for the year that ended on 31 March 2019, detailing how the company performed across its online and pay-TV divisions. The company’s pay-TV market is shifting towards widespread take-up of its lower-end products instead ...


Satellite Broadband  |  Newly Formed Collaboration Aims To Boost Satellite Service To Angola, South Sudan And Chad

The London-based satellite ISP Avanti Communications has inked a five-year deal with the telecoms services provider MGI Global Services to widen satellite broadband services to Angola, Chad and South Sudan. A joint statement released by the companies states that the ...


Sports Rights  |  MultiChoice Kenya Acquires Rights To Air Live AFCON Matches In HD

The Pay-television operator MultiChoice has confirmed that it will broadcast live AFCON games in HD through its products GOtv and DStv in Kenya. Kenya’s Harambee Stars will kick-off their participation on June 23 against Africa’s top-ranked team Algeria in Pool ...


Content Services  |  Philippine Telenova ‘Asintado’ Debuts On StarTimes Nigeria

Asintado, the stylish Philippine telenovela series is currently enjoying significant viewership ratings on the TV screen on StarTimes Novela E Plus, Channel 057 and 128. The brand new telenovela, Asintado is shown every Friday to Sunday at 18: 50 African ...


Industry Forum  |  The Independent Television Producers Association Of Nigeria (ITPAN) Supports 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention

The Independent Television Producers Association Of Nigeria (ITPAN) has confirmed that it will be a collaborating partner at the forthcoming 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention.   The industry gathering with the theme: “A vibrant broadcast industry for a convergent ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Targets A Valuation Of Over $4.5bn In London IPO -Reports

Airtel Africa has announced that it is targeting a valuation of over $4.5bn as it forges ahead with a London listing.  The African continent’s second-largest mobile operator runs a telecoms and mobile money business throughout 14 African countries. It announced ...


Local Content  |  HBO's Cinemax Joins South Africa-Germany Co-Production Series, Trackers

HBO's Cinemax TV channel has joined South Africa's M-Net and Germany's ZDF in their production collaboration of the Cape Town filmed drama series that is based on Deon Meyer's crime-and-spy book Trackers. While M-Net will broadcast Trackers in South Africa ...


Local Film  |  Egyptian Film Bags Two Awards At Brooklyn Film Festival

The Egyptian film “Between Two Seas” which was directed by Anas Tolba took home the Mariam Naoum Art Achievement Award and also the prize for the best narrative film at the end of the 22nd edition of the Brooklyn Film ...


Sports Rights  |  Botswana Television In Talks To Secure Rights To Broadcast AFCON Matches

Botswana’s national television broadcaster, Botswana Television (Btv) has reported that it is in the process of acquiring broadcast rights for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Cairo, Egypt next week Friday. The Head of Sports of ...


Pay TV  |  Nigerian Govt Issues Final Order To MultiChoice Nigeria Demanding Changes

The Nigerian government's Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has issued a "final order" to MultiChoice Nigeria demanding that the pay-TV operator adheres to a new list of demands such as a "24-hour call centres, seven days a week. ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya CEO Clarifies Merger Deal With Airtel

Telkom Kenya’s CEO Mugo Kibati has clarified issues surrounding the plans of the operator on its journey towards growth. The carrier is third in terms of the number of active subscribers it commands in Kenya, behind the market leader Safaricom ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: KBC Investigated Over Alleged Fraudulent Deals With MultiChoice And GoTV -Reports

Kenya’s National Assembly has recently launched investigations into suspected fraudulent activity in the multi-billion-shilling business collaborations between Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), GoTV Kenya Limited and MultiChoice Africa Limited. The investigation by the committee on Communication, Information and Innovation was initiated ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa's SABC Warns Of Imminent Communication Blackout Due To Financial Woes

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is in the midst of some serious financial issues, and has warned South Africans that a communication blackout is ‘imminent’. The Chairman of the SABC board, Bongumusa Makhathini, told the Sunday Times publication that ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  SuperSport Rolls Out Olympic Channel On Digital Platforms

As the world counts down to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, SuperSport has launched the Olympic Channel content on its digital platforms to further engage audiences on the Olympic Movement all year round. The Olympic Channel has been made available ...


Telecom  |  Zambia Forges Ahead With Plans To Implement Biometric SIM Card Registration

It has been announced that as of January 2020 Zambia plans to implement biometric SIM card registration to minimise fraud. The Corporate Communications Manager of Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) Edward Mulenga said that all Mobile Network Operators ...


Sports Rights  |  Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria Secures Rights To Broadcast FIFA Tournament

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) announced that it had secured the rights to air FIFA tournaments. Under the terms of the deal, the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) partner networks will be allowed to broadcast all FIFA football tournaments, ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telkom And Vodacom In Legal Battle Over Laying Of Fibreoptic Cables

South Africa’s telecommunications giants Vodacom and Telkom are reportedly in the midst of a bitter court battle over the laying of fibreoptic cables. A ground-breaking judgment that could ultimately speed up the provision of fibre internet to people who reside ...


Industry Forum  |  Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria (BON) Will Co-Convene Convention Of Broadcasters And Media Stakeholders

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will co-convene the forthcoming 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention - Nigeria in collaboration with Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), it has been announced. The joint statement by the Publisher of the Broadcast Media Africa ...


Telecom  |  MTN Rolls Out Mobile Money Chat Bot In Ivory Coast

MTN has announced the launch of its Mobile Money (MoMo) service chat bot. The chat bot has gone live in Ivory Coast and will be rolled out across MTN’s footprint over the next few months. The AI mobile money “assistant” ...


Film Making  |  Filmmakers Celebrate Ghana's First-Ever Online Cinema, 'Moovee'

When it comes to movie premieres in Africa and other parts of the globe, the traditional platform which movie lovers use to view spectacular performances by their favourite stars has been the cinemas. But with the innovation in the digital ...


Sports Rights  |  The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Secures Free-To-Air AFCON Rights

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation has secured the exclusive broadcasting rights for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) tournament which will be taking place in Cairo from June 21 until July 19. A record number of 24 teams will ...


Broadcasting Services  |  M-Net Fights Back Against Video Streamers With New Strategy To Reshape Traditional Broadcasting

Traditional linear TV broadcasters in the United States and now also in Africa are fighting back against the increasing popularity of video streaming services, and MultiChoice's M-Net is leading the movement with the first new trend - longer episode lengths ...


Pay TV  |  Africa's MultiChoice Group Reportedly Expects To Suffer Headline Loss

MultiChoice Group, Africa's largest pay-TV company, has confirmed that it expects to suffer a headline loss this year, due to foreign exchange losses in its South African business, among other reasons. MultiChoice, the spin-off from e-commerce giant Naspers, forecasts to ...


Broadband  |  NCC Recommits To Bridging Nigeria’s Broadband Infrastructure Gap

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed its commitment to bridge the gap between the planned and existing fibre infrastructure to increase the country’s broadband penetration.   Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigeria Communications Commission ...


Content Services  |  TAC Studios To Co-Produce Four New TV Series Across Africa

TAC Studios, the production division of the Africa Channel which is based in America, has announced that it is currently co-producing four new TV series across Africa, including My Design Rules with Cape Town's Cardova Productions that will most probably ...


Local Content  |  Production Kicks Off For Netflix’s First African Original, Queen Sono

Netflix, the global leader in internet entertainment services, has started the production on its first original African series, Queen Sono, a riveting and action-packed spy thriller produced by the Johannesburg-based Diprente. Actress, Pearl Thusi stars in the title role as ...


Industry Forum  |  Sentech Announced As Lead Partner At Forum On Content Management For Broadcasters In Namibia

The Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) and Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) as Co-conveners of the Industry Forum on Content Management For Digital Broadcast Media on the 25th to 28th of June 2019 in Swakopmund, Namibia have announced SENTECH as the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Sky Limited Removes Nigerian Television Authority From Its UK Cable Platform

Sky Limited, Europe’s largest digital satellite TV service, has removed The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) from its UK cable platform.  Sky’s website confirms that NTA has been barred from airing on Channel 794.   A message on Sky’s website stated ...


Sports Rights  |  MultiChoice Tanzania Secures Rights To Broadcast 52 Live AFCON Matches On SuperSport

MultiChoice Tanzania, through its DStv pay-TV platform, has secured the rights to air 52 live Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) matches in high definitions through the various SuperSport Channels. According to Jacqueline Woiso, the Managing Director of MultiChoice Tanzania, the ...


Telecom  |  Gambia's Gamcel Calls For Urgent Government Bailout

Gambia's state-owned mobile operator Gamcel is desperately asking for an urgent injection of capital from the government in order to stabilise its network and upgrade its infrastructure. Addressing Gambia's National Assembly Gamcel's Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Johnson said that the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  NBC And AIT Resolve Differences Following Intervention By Nigeria’s ‘Media Elders’ -Reports

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and DAAR Communications Plc., the owners of Ray Power FM and Africa Independent Television (AIT), have reportedly resolved their differences. Nduka Obaigbena, the President of the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), disclosed this in a statement ...


Content Services  |  Showmax Takes On SuperSport By Live Streaming Sports Content

The MultiChoice Group's subscription video-on-demand service (SVOD) Showmax has announced that it has started live-streaming sports content that until now had only been available on its DStv satellite pay-TV service and on DStv Now Catch Up, as part of ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  Kenya's Veteran Sports Commentator Mohammed Juma Njuguna Dies

Kenya's veteran sports commentator Mohammed Juma Njuguna passed away on Saturday at the Nairobi Hospital after a long battle with illness. The legendary broadcaster, who had close to four decades of journalism experience, was working as a content producer at ...


Music Streaming  |  Awtar Multimedia And Ethio Telecom To Launch Music Streaming App In Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s telecom operator Ethio Telecom, in partnership with Awtar Multimedia, intends to roll out a music streaming app which will be similar to Spotify for all Android phone users in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Awtar Music App, which was founded ...


Sports Rights  |  SABC's Live Cricket World Cup 2019 Coverage In South Africa Is Over Due To Limited Rights

The SABC's live coverage of the Cricket World Cup 2019 on South African television is over and after it had barely begun, with no more live broadcasts of TV matches. The South African public broadcaster confirmed that the viewers and ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Secures Broadcast Rights For Copa América Games In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Pan-African pay-TV operator StarTimes has acquired broadcast rights to the forthcoming edition of the Copa América national team football tournament. The Nigerian Xpress newspaper has reported that StarTimes will now hold exclusive rights to broadcast the tournament all across ...


Sports Rights  |  Infront Acquires Rights To Broadcast English Premier League Across Africa

The Premier League and Infront have signed a new partnership for free-to-air rights across sub-Saharan Africa for the next three years kicking off with the current 2019/20 season.   The rights to the Premier League will cover more than 40 ...


Telecom  |  Econet Wireless And FinTech Firms In Zimbabwe Delay Release Of Financials

Econet Wireless and the FinTech Group Cassava have confirmed that they have postponed the release of their respective financials for the period to the end of February 2019, after being given the go-ahead by the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE). The ...


Content Services  |  Viacom Africa Commissions New Reality Wedding Dress Show For DStv's BET Africa

Viacom Africa has announced that it has commissioned a brand new local South African wedding dress reality show, 2 Families and a Wedding Dress, that will roll out on BET (DStv 129) on Wednesday 24 July at 21:30. Similar to ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria’s NBC Threatens To Fine AIT, Raypower For Airing Uncensored Social Media Comments

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Nigeria has threatened to sanction Daar Communications Group for using social media comments in one of its programmes, Kakaaki, and for ‘unprofessional’ conduct by the media house. Nigeria’s broadcast regulatory commission wrote three separate ...


Sports Rights  |  BeIN Sports Bags Rights To Broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup Across North Africa

FIFA and the beIN MEDIA GROUP (“beIN”), have announced a new media rights deal that will see beIN SPORTS exclusively broadcasting the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 in over 30 countries across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC To Give 25% Free Advertising Airtime To Small Agencies As Part Of Competition Commission Ruling

Starting from 1 July 2019 to 31 March 2020 the SABC will be giving all qualifying small ad agencies 25% free advertising airtime as part of the Competition Tribunal's order which was announced in February 2019. The South African public ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Openview Free-To-Air Digital Platform Reports Strong Annual Growth

eMedia Holdings, the owner of eNCA, e.tv and Openview, last week reported results for the year that ended in March 2019 showing slight growth in revenue from continuing operations of $161 million, from $154 million before. The group reported a ...


Industry Forum  |  Industry Stakeholders To Review Innovations At Nigeria's 4th Annual Convention On Digital Broadcasting And Media

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with key supporting partners will be convening Nigeria's senior broadcasting and media executives for the  4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention In Lagos, Nigeria, on the 27th & 28th August 2019.   The industry ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  China Radio International Resumes Broadcasts In Africa

China Radio International resumed its shortwave broadcasts from a relay site in Mali, in March this year. The facility had been inactive for over a year. The site comprises of two 100 kW transmitters from the Beijing-based BBEF Electronics Group, ...


Music Streaming  |  Vodacom’s My Muze Close To Achieving 1 Million Milestone

Since the rollout of its new music gateway in April, Vodacom’s My Muze has rapidly proven itself as a force to be reckoned with in South Africa’s digital music scene. Providing streaming and downloading access to over 30 million songs, ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Kenya Announces Plans To Invest US$59-Million In DARE Submarine Cable System

Kenya has announced that it plans to connect to the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) submarine fibre optic cable system at a staggering cost of US$59-million. According to the contractor SubCom the connection which is scheduled for completion by June ...


Telecom  |  MTN’s Largest Shareholder, PIC Reportedly Calls For Board Changes

Public Investment Corp. (PIC), MTN’s majority shareholder, is reportedly calling for the restructuring of the board of the mobile-phone firm to avoid the legal, regulatory and political disputes on the continent.   Bloomberg was informed by people familiar with the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Competition Commission Supports ICASA’s Plans To Open Up SA's Pay-TV Market

South Africa’s Competition Commission has come out in full support of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s plans to introduce various changes to open up the country’s pay-TV market and to make sure that sporting events of national ...


Industry Forum  |  Successful Management Of Digital Media Infrastructure To Take Centre Stage At Upcoming Industry Forum In Johannesburg, SA

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) has announced that it will be hosting the International Forum on ‘Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media on the 21st – 22nd August 2019 in Johannesburg – South Africa.   According to the event ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes To Bring 2019 African Freestyle Football Championships To 20 Million Viewers

StarTimes, the official media partner of the 2019 African Freestyle Football Championships, has announced that it will transmit the competition to more than 20 million viewers. The Public Relation Manager of StarTimes, Kunmi Balogun, made the revelation in a Lagos ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Aims To Raise $1Billion In LSE Listing Of African Unit

Bharti Airtel Ltd has applied for the UK financial regulator to approve the initial public offering of its African unit in London as it tries to decrease its debt and expand its network. Airtel Africa Ltd, Africa’s second-largest mobile operator, ...


Telecom  |  Telcos In Zimbabwe Sign Infrastructure Sharing Agreement

Zimbabwe telecommunications operators Econet Wireless and NetOne, the mobile arm of TelOne, have inked a telecom infrastructure sharing deal. The move is in alignment with the instruction given by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). NetOne plans ...


Telecom  |  MTN CEO Earmarks Ethiopia On MTN's Expansion Roadmap

The CEO of MTN, Rob Shuter is looking for new markets to conquer and has earmarked Ethiopia, Africa's second largest country by population following Nigeria, as a country that best fits the profile of a long-term strategic investment target. In ...


Telecom  |  American Tower Corp Reportedly Acquires African Towers Company Eaton For $1.85Billion

The African mobile specialist Eaton Towers, which postponed its plans for an IPO last year, has agreed to be bought out by American Tower Corp. (ATC) in a deal valued at approximately US$1.85 billion. Eaton, which was founded in 2009, ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Announces Plans To Review Contract With Ghana’s Football Association

Akofia Dzankui, the Head of Marketing at StarTimes Ghana, has provided an explanation regarding why the company has so far not constructed any of the ten pitches as stipulated in their contract with the Ghana Football Association administration. The ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya Broadcasting Commission Calls For Govt Intervention In Settlement Of Historical Debts

The Managing Director of the Kenya Broadcasting Commission, Dr Naim Bilal has declared that there is a need to update the Kenya Broadcasting Act cap 221 to allow for the establishment of a functional public service broadcaster and also to ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria’s Telcos Call For Removal Of Growth-Stifling Taxes

Nigeria’s telecoms operators have requested an Executive Order (EO) to decrease the number of taxes imposed on their operations.   They spoke at the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit 2019, in Lagos recently.   The experts at the event organised by ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  StarTimes Ghana Sues Two TV Stations For Copyright Infringement -Reports

One of Africa’s leading pay-TV service providers, StarTimes has secured a lawsuit against two of Ghana’s media houses for allegedly infringing on their copyrights. The two media houses, Media 7, a broadcasting group that is affiliated with channels such as ...


Broadband  |  Jumia Nigeria Report Predicts Broadband Penetration Will Rise To 55% By 2025

The “Nigeria Mobile Report 2019” that was released at the weekend by Jumia Nigeria has stated that the country’s mobile broadband penetration is forecast to increase to 55 percent of its population by the end of 2025. Presenting the report, ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Ghana’s Broadcasters Reportedly Stand Against Implementation Of DTT Policy To Save Free-to-Air TV

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has reportedly taken a stand against the Ministry of Communication’s policy to block free-to-air (FTA) TV content in the country. According to the association, if approved, the policy would wipe out FTA public service ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Legal Battle Looms Between ICASA And MultiChoice -Reports

A legal battle is brewing between the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) and the pay-TV giant MultiChoice as the regulator forges ahead with its plans to open up the market. On April 12, ICASA revealed its draft findings from ...


Content Services  |  Egypt Media Company Rolls Out Special Channel For Africa Cup Of Nations 2019

The Egypt Media Company and the National Media Authority have launched the land and satellite Time Sport Channel to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations that will be taking place in Cairo from June 21 to July 19, 2019. Egypt ...


Content Services  |  Discovery And MultiChoice To Add The American Channel HGTV To DStv

MultiChoice has announced that together with Discovery, it will be adding America's Home and Garden (HGTV) channel to its DStv pay-TV service from mid-July. HGTV will bring DStv subscribers a brand new TV channel with fresh programming about home improvement, ...


Telecom  |  Tanzania Telecommunication Corporation Requests $77Billion From Government

The State-owned Tanzania Telecommunication Corporation (TTCL) has declared that it needs a $77billion capital injection from the Tanzanian Government to fund its plans to compete with its market rivals, including the dominant operator in the country, Vodacom Tanzania. According to ...


Local Film  |  Netflix Intensifies Focus On African Content, Acquires Cannes Grand Prix Winner -Atlantics!

Netflix has revealed that it has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Switzerland, China, Benelux, Russia and France) to the French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop’s feature film debut, the multi-award winning “Atlantics,” which was showcased at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it ...


Music Streaming  |  Boomplay Reveals Plans To Invest $1m In Kenya

Boomplay Kenya’s General Manager, Martha Huro, recently announced that Boomplay would soon be investing $1m in Kenya. Huro made the announcement at Boomplay’s music conference in Nairobi this week. The conference, which addressed topics aimed at improving music distribution in ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Ethiopia Collaborates With China To Construct New Communication And Broadcast Satellite -Reports

Ethiopia and China have signed a collaborative deal to build a communication and broadcast satellite. The contract was signed two days ago in Addis Ababa by Han Chinping, the Deputy President of the Chinese Rocket Company and Dr Solomon Belay, ...


Music Streaming  |  Econet Continues To Excite The Zimbabwean Market With The Buddie Beatz Music App

Buddie Beatz, the music app by Econet Wireless, is continuing to excite the market after its recent launch and its award-winning exhibition at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). Fayaz King, Econet’s CEO, said that the interest in the app ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  NIGCOMSAT Collaborates With China's CGWIC To Deliver New Satellite DTH Platform In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communication Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT) and the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) have joined forces to launch NextTv, a new satellite Direct-to-Home TV platform, as reported by some news sources in Nigeria. Previously, CGWIC had served as the ...


Local Film  |  Nollywood Gets Global Exposure Through Netflix

Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, has long been affected by piracy. But in the spring of 2019 EbonyLife, the makers of the film Chief Daddy managed to cash in on a new window of opportunity online. The movie’s global streaming rights ...


Sports Rights  |  SABC Inks Deal With SuperSport To Broadcast 2019 Cricket World Cup In South Africa

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and SuperSport have announced that they have entered into an agreement which will allow South Africa’s national broadcaster to cover the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The highly-anticipated sporting tournament will kick off on ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  OneWeb Plans To Bring Satellite Internet Connectivity To Rural Angola

The US satellite telecoms provider OneWeb has announced that it will assist Angola in expanding internet access in remote rural areas by the end of 2021, following a recent meeting with the country’s president Joao Lourenco, according to reports by ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria’s Government To Fund Digital Switch Over Process With USD83 Million – NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) recently announced that the Federal Government would be releasing N30 billion ($83 mil) for the process of Digital Switch Over (DSO) in the country. The Director-General of the NBC, Ishaq Kawu, told members of the ...


Telecom  |  Mascom Wireless Botswana Shareholders Reportedly Battling Over Ownership

According to recent media reports, a shareholder battle has been brewing at Botswana’s largest telco by subscribers, Mascom Wireless. In March, a deal worth USD300 million was struck for the minority shareholder Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless to acquire the 53% share ...


Film Making  |  StarTimes ON Unveils Pan Africa Online Film Festival

StarTimes ON has launched its Pan Africa Online Film Festival (PAOFF). The festival was introduced at an event, which was held recently at the National Art Theatre in Lagos, Nigeria. Aimed at showcasing and promoting African local online film creation, ...


Telecom  |  NCC Adjusts Teledensity To Align With Nigeria's 190 Million Population

The Nigerian Communications Commission has recently re-aligned the computation of the country’s teledensity with the latest population figure of 190 million from the previous 140 million in 2006 as counted by the National Population Commission (NPC). The NCC issued a ...


Telecom  |  NCC Gives MTN Nigeria A May 31 Deadline To Settle Balance Of Multi-Billion-Dollar Fine

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has been given until May 31 to pay the balance of $15bn out of the $91bn fine that was imposed on the telecommunications company by the NCC for ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Announces Rollout Of 24Hr News Channel Across Africa

A 24-Hour news channel, Plus TV Africa, will now be broadcast across all of Africa on the StarTimes dish platform. StarTimes made this announcement barely six months after the channel was launched locally on the pay-TV platform. According to StarTimes, ...


Broadband  |  MainOne Introduces $6Billion Digital Lagos Campaign

The connectivity and datacentre service provider MainOne has announced that it will invest more than $6billion over the next 2-3 years into its Digital Lagos: Broadband for All campaign launched this week. According to the firm, the objective of the ...


Content Services  |  My-HD Pay-TV Platform Adds Insight TV To Its Offering In North Africa

Insight TV has rolled out its HD channel in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) on My-HD, a local Pay-TV platform. The deal was made through the Dubai-based distribution firm, SAWA Rights Management. My-HD subscribers in the Kingdom ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Sputnik Widens Its Reach In Africa

Russia’s Sputnik news agency and radio has entered into a partnership agreement with Congo’s national broadcaster, RTNC (Radio Television Nationale Congolaise). The deal was signed recently in Moscow as part of the Congolese delegation’s visit to Russia. The document was ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Nigeria's HotSports Media Secures Egypt 2019 AFCON Broadcasting Rights

Nigeria's HotSports Media Group has been granted the rights to broadcast the 32nd African Cup of Nations kicking off in Cairo on June 21. It will be aired on terrestrial television channels throughout Nigeria, the company has announced. The media ...


Industry Forum  |  Industry Leaders Of Nigeria's Digital Broadcast Media Industry To Gather For 4th Annual Summit On Broadcasting

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) has announced that it will be collaborating with high-level industry partners to host the 4th Annual Digital Broadcast Media Convention In Lagos, Nigeria, on the 27th & 28th August 2019. According to the event organisers, the ...


Regulation  |  Kenya Revenue Authority Announces Plans To Potentially Tax Netflix And Other OTT Businesses

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is preparing a policy that could tax Over-The-Top (OTT) non-resident subscription-based services, such as Netflix and Hulu, that charge users on a monthly basis. Speaking at an online tax forum hosted by the KRA, Githinji ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Confirms That Plans To Build HQ In Nairobi Are Still Underway

In July 2014 China’s StarTimes Group hosted a ground-breaking event in the Nairobi suburb of Karen and announced plans to build its African headquarters in the Kenyan city. Since then, progress towards the construction of the project has been painfully ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Offers Free YouTube To Its Data Customers

Safaricom has announced that all its subscribers purchasing the All-in-One monthly bundles will be gifted with an additional free five Gigabytes of YouTube that will be valid for 30 days. This special offer will allow subscribers to use the free ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Gears Up To Conduct Public Hearings Over Sports Broadcasting Regulations In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is getting ready to hold public hearings on the Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations that were published on 14 December 2018. The hearings are scheduled to take place from 27 to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Independent Broadcast Authority Issues New Directive To Zambia’s Radio, TV Stations

The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has given a new directive that all TV and radio stations in Zambia should start submitting broadcast recordings to the Authority every two weeks. The IBA’s Director-General Josephine Mapoma released a statement saying that the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwean Government To Licence 24 TV Stations

Zimbabwe’s Secretary of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana has announced that Zimbabwe’s government is in the process of licensing 24 TV channels in order to increase access to information. Mangwana said that the channels would be open for ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile Announces Cheaper Rates With The Rollout Of Its Hajj Roaming Plan

9mobile has launched a new season of its Hajj roaming special that gives pilgrims the chance to send and receive text messages, make and receive calls, and use data at much cheaper rates while in Saudi Arabia.  A statement issued ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  New Broadcast Deal Puts Canal Algérie On Arabsat-5C

The Algerian French-speaking public TV channel, Canal Algérie, which is owned by EPTV (Algerian Public Television) owns Terrestrial TV, A3 (available on BADR-6), Coran TV and Tamazight TV. Canal Algérie broadcasts its content 24/7 using different platforms all over the ...


Showcase Interview  |  "Funding Of Quality Local Content Calls For Deliberate Effort", Says Florence Haifene - Namibia Film Commission

Ms Florence Haifene, the Head of the Namibia Film Commission, says that the future of quality local content is dependent on deliberate efforts being made by businesses and leaders of state to fund original African content.   Ms Haifene, responding ...


Digital Migration  |  Stakeholders Urge Nigeria’s FG To Prioritise Digital Switchover

Critical stakeholders in Nigeria have urged the federal government to take the necessary steps required to ensure the realisation of a full migration from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting despite many efforts by some to delay the process, according ...


Content Services  |  DStv And GOtv Invest In More Children’s Content With The Launch Of PBS KIDS

In an effort to entertain and educate more children, PBS Distribution has joined forces with MultiChoice Africa to deliver PBS KIDS’ high-quality educational children’s content to the GOtv and DStv platforms available across sub-Saharan Africa. Starting on Wednesday 22 May, ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify's Latest App Update Highlights Video Podcasts

Spotify's mobile music app was recently renamed Spotify - Music and Podcasts, as the company pulls its $500 million investment into podcasting to the forefront of its whole ecosystem. The new design will soon be made available to the app's ...


Broadband  |  Poa Rolls Out Low-Cost Internet In Kenya

The low-cost internet provider Poa! Internet has announced the completion of its wireless internet network in Kiambu and Nairobi counties in Kenya. More than 3,000 Wi-Fi hotspots were installed by the company and already help Jamhuri, Kibera, Kawangware, Kabiria, Waithaka, ...


Local Content  |  GOtv Expands Its Local Content Offering In Nigeria

GOtv was launched in 2011 in the birthplace of television in Africa, Ibadan. The arrival of the digital terrestrial television (DTT) service, immediately extended the access to digital television broadcasting for Nigerians. GOtv also announced that one of its objectives ...


Broadband  |  Liquid Telecom Rolls Out Azure Stack Cloud Service In East Africa

Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a Microsoft Cloud service in East Africa that would transform cybersecurity for the region’s most sensitive databases. The multinational telco announced that the new Azure Stack service would enable companies to operate a private Microsoft ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC's Radio Park Building Deemed Safe Following Recent Diesel Spillage

The South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) Radio Park building in Johannesburg has been cleared and deemed safe for occupation, and handed back to the national broadcaster after a final air sampling and health and safety check conducted by representatives of ...


Local Film  |  New Zimbabwean Film Encourages Community Development

In a bid to encourage community development and bring home a vision of a beautiful and model world-class city, Zimbabwean filmmaker Jack Chimbetete recently launch his documentary “The Greater Des Moines Story” at Batanai Gardens. The Jacks Shack International (JSI) ...


Telecom  |  Egypt's Etisalat Misr Confirms The Budget Allocation Of US$167-Million For Network Upgrade

The Egyptian mobile operator Etisalat Misr's CEO, Hazem Metwally, has confirmed that the company has set aside US$167.3-million to revamp its network. Metwally said that the intention is to secure maximum revenue from internet services as the business works hard ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Citizen TV Secures Exclusive Rights To Broadcast ‘East Africa’s Got Talent’

East Africa’s version of ‘Got Talent’ where talented East Africans will get the unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase their skills on TV will be shown exclusively on Citizen TV. The show which was created by the British talent competition judge ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa Service Struggles With Deployment Challenges

Eutelsat’s rollout of satellite broadband throughout Africa has faced many deployment issues that have wiped out revenue expectations from its new business line for this year. Eutelsat executives said that the challenges that came with getting Konnect Africa off the ...


Local Content  |  Showmax Screens Swahili Telenovelas That Are Revamping Kenya’s TV Industry

In the history of Kenyan television, Swahili soap operas were the rage, according to many of the country’s TV viewers. Swahili soapies such as Penzi Hatari, Tausi, and Kisulisuli were popular with the audiences and dominated the TV industry in ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Disney Takes Full Control Of Hulu, Rolls Out Streamer Globally -Reports

The Walt Disney company has confirmed that it has taken over all operational control of the Hulu SVOD service in the United States with immediate effect. Although no time-frame has been given for its roll-out in global markets or which ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Extends Network Upgrades To More Towns In Kenya

Telkom Kenya is upgrading its network in five of the towns to cater to growing demand across the East-African country. The ongoing upgrade is a critical part of the mobile operator’s KSh 1 billion network expansion and optimisation programme and ...


Film and Cinema  |  NFVCB Boss Rates Nigerian Film Contents Among The Best Worldwide

The Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Adedayo Thomas, has rated Nigerian film contents as one of the greatest in terms of value in the global film industry. Thomas made this declaration at a two-day ...


Local Film  |  Zimbabwe And Nigeria Co-Production Project Set To Break Traditional Gender Structures In Film

Zimbabwe's award-winning filmmaker and author, Tsitsi Dangarembga is set to direct a new film titled "Nnenna", which will be filmed in Nigeria next year. "Nnenna" is based on a Nigerian book "Trapped in Oblivion", and is about a 14-year-old girl, ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Profit Target Increases After Purchasing Safaricom Shares

The Vodacom Group has announced that it has updated its profit outlook following its acquisition of East Africa’s largest mobile phone firm that’s helping it enter into the financial services market. Vodacom’s CEO Shameel Joosub issued an emailed statement saying ...


Satellite TV  |  China-Funded Village Television Initiative Reportedly Yields Fantastic Results In Zambia

The Zambian government has described an initiative funded by China to offer satellite television services to rural parts of the country as an incredible success that has achieved the intended results. Approximately 500 schools, villages and other community centers in ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Popular South African Series Yizo Yizo Now Available On Viu Streaming Service

Viu, an entertainment video streaming service, has rolled out popular series Yizo Yizo as part of its offering on South African screens. In its license deal with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Viu was granted exclusive digital rights to ...


Local Content  |  Award-Winning Kenyan Filmmaker Says Africa Needs Superheroes For Its Own Stories

The key theme at the recently held 2019 Design Indaba was around how filmmakers can get Africans across the continent to see themselves as people of joy, imagination, creativity – and as deserving of being heroes. Africa’s story has, for ...


Film and Cinema  |  Moroccan Documentary Film ‘Amussu’ To Premiere At Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival

The organisers of the Toronto Hot Docs Festival have announced that ‘Amussu’ a Moroccan documentary short film will be premiered at the Festival. The documentary focuses on the small community of Imider, a village in South-East Morocco, as they battle ...


Broadband  |  Orange Deploys 4G Technology In Guinea

The telecom service operator, Orange, rolled out its 4G technology in Guinea, Conakry on May 9, 2019. The new service is said to cover Dixinn, Kaloum, Ratoma, Matam, Matoto and all the other communities in Guinea’s capital city. According to ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Vodacom Video Play Reports To Be Giving Netflix Serious Competition In South Africa

Vodacom’s Video Play streaming service has reportedly seen some impressive growth, and it could now have more subscribers than Netflix in South Africa. The mobile network released its limited annual results for the year that ended on 31 March 2019, ...


Local Content  |  Nigerian Award-Winning Writer To Launch Afrofuturist Film Production Company For Local TV Series

The award-winning Nigerian writer, Nnedi Okorafor has announced her plans to open a film production company that is exclusively focused on Afrofuturist shows. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the acclaimed Afrofuturist shared the exciting news on her ...


Local Content  |  Zimbabwean Filmmaker To Dive Into Local TV Production With Reality Show

The up-and-coming Bulawayo filmmaker Braydan Heart wants to reconceptualise local TV productions with his upcoming reality TV show, Being Braydan, which is being recorded using only a mobile phone. Being Braydan is being shot in Zimbabwe with a few scenes ...


Industry Forum  |  The Southern African Communications Association (SACIA) Supports Industry Forum On Content Management For Digital Broadcasters

The Southern African Communications Association (SACIA) has confirmed that it will be a collaborating partner at the forthcoming Industry Forum on Content Management For Digital Broadcast Media. The industry Forum, which will take place on the 25th – 28th June ...


Content Services  |  EWTN To Roll Out Catholic News Agency In Africa

EWTN Global Catholic Network announced on the 10th of May that it would soon launch a news service for the African continent. ACI-Africa will be a Kenya-based Catholic news agency, which will publish content in French, English and Portuguese. EWTN ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  Eutelsat To Install Konnect Satellite Connectivity Across Africa

Eutelsat announced recently that it had chosen Hugues Networks Systems and General Dynamics Satcom Technologies to help them deploy their Konnect satellite throughout Africa. General Dynamics Satcom Technologies will install seven ground antennas while Hugues Network Systems will offer its ...


Telecom  |  Kenya's Jamii Telecom Receives Full 4G Licence

The Kenyan telecommunications services provider Jamii Telecom Limited now holds a full 4G operating license for the provision of local services. In December 2017 Jamii Telecom, which is owned by the entrepreneur Joshua Chepkowony, paid Kshs-100,000 ($988.63) to secure a ...


Content Services  |  HSTV Ghana Prepares To Launch Ultimate Skills Sports Reality Show

The organising team of the upcoming Ultimate Skills Reality Show had a successful meeting at the offices of HSTV in Accra on Wednesday, the 8th of May, 2019. In attendance were the chosen judges Rev Osei Kofi, Rev Kofi Pare ...


Film and Cinema  |  Ghana’s Cinema Showcased In Spain At Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival

The 16th Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival (FCAT) is celebrating Ghanaian filmmaking through four of the country’s key films. This has never happened before in Spain. The non-competitive film section has been titled “Ghana in four acts”. This strand pays tribute ...


Pay TV  |  CEO Pledges To Make StarTimes More Affordable In Nigeria

The CEO of StarTimes Nigeria, David Zhang, held a media press briefing at the Radisson Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos earlier this week. Zhang, who had worked for four years as the CEO of StarTimes Kenya until January 2019 when he was ...


Satellite Broadband  |  Kymeta Partners with T"urksat To Deliver Reliable Satellite Connectivity To Africa

Recently, at the Satellite 2019 event, the communications company, Kymeta announced a new collaboration with T"urksat, one of the world's largest companies providing satellite connectivity and communications across the globe and extending from Europe to Africa. The partnership promises to ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Refutes Licence Renewal Allegations In Congo

The telecoms operator Vodacom has vehemently denied the allegation that it underpaid the Congolese government in the renewal of its 2G license. The company issued a statement saying that as a citizen company that has always complied with the Republic's ...


Satellite TV  |  StarTimes Reports To Have Invested Over $220m In Nigeria

The Digital Terrestrial TV company, StarTimes, has announced that its investment in Nigeria currently stands at over $220m. David Zhang, the company’s new CEO of StarTimes Nigeria disclosed this recently at a media briefing. Zhang said that StarTimes had also ...


Film Making  |  MultiChoice Talent Factory Seeking Budding TV And Film Creatives To Join Its Class Of 2019

The MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy has officially announced the highly-anticipated Call to Entry to all aspiring filmmakers from 13 African countries with either a post-school qualification in filmmaking or some industry experience to apply for this exciting opportunity to polish ...


Digital Migration  |  Benin Close To Completion Of Digital Switchover

The switchover from analogue to digital television is about to be done in Benin. According to the country’s authorities, 28 of the 29 sites that were planned for the switchover are now digital and operational. The migration to digital terrestrial ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Considers Listing Shares On Nigerian Stock Exchange Next Week

MTN’s Nigerian unit is reportedly toying with the idea of listing its shares in Lagos next week, according to two industry insiders close to the matter. Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company could possibly go ahead with the placing on the 16th ...


Content Services  |  Big Brother Naija Season 4 Is Set To Rollout In June

The organisers of Big Brother Naija have announced that June 2019 is when the highly-anticipated season 4 of the reality TV show will kick-off. They also confirmed that the new season is scheduled to be filmed in Nigeria and will ...


Local Film  |  Netflix Showing Original Ghanaian Film, ‘The Burial Of Kojo’

A new movie called “The Burial of Kojo” is the first film by Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, a Ghana-born rapper and director who was not interested in following the cliché war and famine theme of many films that are made in ...


Content Services  |  Ghana's Joy Prime Channel Set To Launch New TV Series, 'The Good Old Days'

Joy Prime in Ghana recently announced that it would be rolling out the television series 'The Good Old Days'. The series is produced by the critically acclaimed Ghanaian film producer, Kwaw Ansah. The popular producer, writer and director is known ...


Local Film  |  Senegalese Director’s Film ‘Atlantique’ Chosen For Cannes Film Festival

Atlantique, the film debut by the French-Senegalese movie director Mati Diop, will be vying for the prestigious Palme d’Or. This goes in history as the first time that a film directed by a black female has been chosen for the ...


Content Services  |  Ghana’s YOLO Series Premieres Season Five

The much-anticipated return of the most watched Ghanaian TV show, “You Only Live Once” (YOLO), has premiered in Accra. Season Five of the popular Health TV series has returned with the inclusion of some talented young characters and seasoned Ghanaian ...


Digital Migration  |  Senegal Set To Switch Off All Analog Signal In September Next Year

The Senegalese authorities have revealed that they are preparing to cut the signal of analog television in the country soon. These plans were made public by the Director General of ‘Télédiffusion du Sénégal’ (TDS), Amadou Diop, who is the head ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify Focuses On Making Podcasts Easily Discoverable In Africa

Since launching in Africa early last year, the streaming platform, Spotify, has proved to be popular among many of the continent’s music fans, but, it has recently decided to pay attention to podcast services. The company is currently busy with ...


Mobile Content  |  The Popularity Of Mobile Money And Mobile Content On The Rise In Africa

In recent years the African continent has seen the growing convergence between mobile money platforms and mobile content providers. As mobile operators improve at acting as both bank and broadcaster through their mobile money operations and content platforms, African banks ...


Industry Stakeholders  |  A Farewell Tribute To Africa’s Media Industry Legend, Reginald Mengi

The Dar es Salaam-based philanthropist and businessman, Reginald Abraham Mengi passed away in Dubai this past week at the age of 75 following a difficult past few months after suffering a mild stroke less than a year ago. Even though ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Zimbabwe: TelOne’s VOD Service Gains Over 20 000 Subscribers In 5 Months

TelOne has announced that is has signed a new deal with Zollywood that will enable users to rent local movies. TelOne also revealed that TelOne DEOD has managed to gain approximately 20 000 subscribers in the mere five months since ...


Content Services  |  Discovery Channel Promotes Tourism In Egypt With Two-Hour Live Documentary

In what seemed to be an exciting and unusual occasion, the Discovery Channel recently aired a 2-hour live show in which it opened an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. The show titled “Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live” followed the U.S TV presenter Josh ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Kwesé Iflix Joins Forces With Flytime Promotions To Provide African Content To Subscribers

Africa’s video-on-demand app, Kwesé iflix, has strengthened its commitment to delivering more local content to its subscribers with a new collaboration with the entertainment company, Flytime Promotions. The partnership will enable Kwesé iflix to stream the last ever instalment of ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Announces New Acting COO

In South Africa, the SABC’s board has made a move and replaced former COO, Chris Maroleng, who was dismissed last week, by selecting Dr Craig Van Rooyen as their acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) with immediate effect. The SABC released ...


Local Content  |  MultiChoice Kenya To Host First Ever Maisha Magic Festival To Celebrate Kenyan TV Content

MultiChoice Kenya has announced that it will toast to the growth of Kenyan television content at the first ever Maisha Magic Festival. The festival will take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). More than 14 musicians have been ...


Film Making  |  Female-Led Canada-South Africa Content Set To Take Centre Stage At The CineFAM Co-Production Accelerator

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) and the CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) have announced the renewal of their agreement to develop television content and films by women of colour from the worldwide Diaspora and African women. The 3rd CineFAM-SA Co-Production Accelerator will ...


Content Services  |  Trace Sports Stars And KruisKyk Channels Removed From E.tv's Openview Satellite-TV

E.tv's Openview free-to-air satellite service is reported to be dumping two more channels with the Afrikaans Christian TV platform KruisKyk and Trace Sports Stars both getting axed. KruisKyk was broadcasting on channel 151 before being shut off on 2 May. ...


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

MultiChoice Nigeria is getting ready to launch a special Ramadan pop-up channel to cater to the spiritual needs of its Muslim viewers on GOtv and DStv throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. The exclusive Ramadan pop-up channel will be launched ...


Local Content  |  Uganda’s Broadcast Regulator Announces Plans To Enforce 70% Local Content Rule

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) recently held a meeting with the Uganda Film Council and Uganda’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) about imposing a 70% local quota on the country’s broadcasters. The Chairman of NAB, Kin Kariisa asked that the ...


Film and Cinema  |  Bolloré Group Aims To Open 20 Cinemas Across Africa

The Bolloré Group has announced its plans to build 20 cinemas across Africa. The General Manager of the French group, Philippe Labonne made the exciting announcement. Vivendi, the group’s subsidiary that specialises in music and film and production called “Canal ...


Content Services  |  The First User-Generated Content Platform Makes Entry Into Nigeria

Ogelle, Africa’s first user-generated content platform has entered the global digital space with the plan to become the leading aggregator of African content. The CEO of Reddot Television Network Ltd, Osita Oparaugo gave his assurance in Lagos recently when he ...


Content Services  |  Brand New News Channel, Newzroom Afrika, To Launch On MultiChoice's DStv

South Africa’s newest news channel Newzroom Afrika is scheduled to launch on Thursday 2 May with a news team that includes the former eNCA stars Thulasizwe Simelane, Cathy Mohlahlana,  and Karyn Maughan who have jumped ship from their previous news ...


Telecom  |  Mauritius Telecom To Launch Mobile Money Service

Mauritius Telecom (MT) has announced that it will soon roll out its new and innovative mobile money service. The announcement was made recently by the telco's CEO at the opening ceremony of the 39th-anniversary edition of the conference held by ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa Makes Progress In Digital Migration Project

Twenty-five thousand low-income homes in South Africa’s Northern Cape province have been migrated from analogue broadcasting and connected to digital terrestrial television (DTT). The country’s Department of Communications (DOC) revealed this information recently in parliament as it detailed the progress ...


Content Services  |  Edan TV Rolls Out New African TV Show ‘The River’

Edan TV has announced that it will be rolling out ‘The River’, a series from the country of Nelson Mandela, exclusively on its pan-African channel. The high-profile South African series will intrigue the audience with the powerful and dramatic tale ...


Content Services  |  Ghana’s Atinka TV Pays Homage To Football Legend In New Documentary "UNTOLD GOAT"

An exciting documentary of one of Ghana’s Greatest soccer players of all time, titled, the Untold GOAT will be aired by Atinka Media Village on Monday 6th May 2019. The 27-minute film will detail the intriguing journey of how a ...


Regulation  |  Nigerian Copyright Commission Calls For More Effective Legal Framework To Protect Sports Rights

Recently in Abuja, Nigeria, the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), John Asein said that in order for the full potential of the sporting and other related industries to be achieved, countries must have adequate, effective and responsive legal ...


Industry Forum  |  Succeeding With Digital Broadcast Content Creation, Distribution And Monetisation At Upcoming Industry Forum By SABA

This platform, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) working in collaboration with the Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) will be convening Africa’s senior broadcast and media executives for the Industry Forum on Content Management For Digital Broadcast Media on the 25th – ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Invests In Community TV Stations To Enhance Entertainment Sector

The MultiChoice Group that has been investing in community TV stations throughout South Africa with technical training, equipment upgrades and content-sharing partnerships on community-level in an effort to build more video entertainment players in the country's broadcasting space. MultiChoice said ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Rootflix Streaming Services To Be Launched To Stream Nollywood Movies

Kelechi Eke has made a name for himself in the African Film Industry with significant roles spanning from director, producer, writer and star. He has also founded an African Film production company and The African Film Festival. His latest business ...


Content Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Acquires American Talk Show, ‘Harry’

SABC3 has announced that it has acquired the American TV talk show, Harry, hosted by Harry Connick Jr., that will start airing on the channel as from 13 May in the 17:30 timeslot. Harry will step in to replace the ...


Content Services  |  Comedy Central To Launch Local Version Of ‘Comedians Solve World Problems' In North Africa

Comedy Central is on a mission to expand globally with Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) as they work together to produce North Africa’s episode of “Comedians Solve World Problems”. The internationally acclaimed program will roll out local versions in countries ...


Content Services  |  ZBC And ZimDigital Deal Boosts Content Creation In Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has put together television content that is suitable for the various ethnic groups in the country, a top company official has announced. The national broadcaster hopes that this development will broaden ZBC’s spectrum by capturing ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Extends Tellytrack Horse-Racing TV Channel’s Contract As It Gears Up For Content Revamp

After almost being removed from MultiChoice's satellite pay-TV service DStv, and then being saved, Tellytrack, the horse-racing betting platform (DStv channel 239) will rebrand on 4 May 2019 with a revamped content-offering. The programming revamp and on-air rebrand forms part ...


Content Services  |  Motorvision TV To Deliver Live Motorsports Across Africa

Motorvision TV has been a broadcaster of live motorsports, since 2010, in Austria, Germany and Switzerland and has also been the go-to destination for NASCAR fans in that region. Now its international partner channel has followed suit and is preparing ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Foxxum Collaborates With Iflix To Enhances Its OTT Service In North Africa

Foxxum TV has announced a new collaboration with the streaming OTT entertainment service iflix. As part of the agreement, the iflix app will be added on to all Foxxum-enabled devices in North Africa’s key markets as well as in the ...


Sports Rights  |  Kwesé Free Sports Acquires Rights To Broadcast EHF Champions League

The African broadcaster Kwesé TV has entered into a partnership with the European Handball Federation for broadcasting rights to its Champions League club competition. The newly-inked deal with EHF Marketing, the federation’s marketing arm, includes all the action from the ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe’s ZBC-TV Launches New Local Talk Show ‘Own Your Image’

One of Zimbabwe’s top image consultants, Fungai Mtisi has launched her own talk show and says that this decision was inspired by United States media mogul, television producer, talk show host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. Mtisi noted that she plans ...


Content Services  |  Ghana: KweseTV Brings Millennial Music Platform, MuseAfrica Back To TV Screens

The MuseAfrica block will be broadcasting 60 minutes of exclusive music-related material on KweseTV (KFS) daily on weekdays from 4 pm to 5 pm. KweseTV announced that the programming would include some of Muse’s original digital shows that have been ...


Pay TV  |  ICASA’s Draft Regulations May Cause MultiChoice To Change Business Model

Pay-TV operator MultiChoice could possibly be forced to shift its focus and change its business model in order to remain competitive as the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) drafts up new rules to challenge its dominance. Icasa has been ...


Content Services  |  BBC Extends Its Reach By Launching BBC Arabic In North Africa

The UAE-based satellite broadcaster, Yahlive has strengthened its collaboration with the BBC by widening its reach to the Arabic-speaking audiences in Maghreb (North Africa). This means that BBC Arabic will now be accessible to 42 million viewers in North Africa. ...


Film and Cinema  |  Nollywood Signs Movie Distribution Deal With France

France’s Alliance Francaise and Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) have signed a deal to distribute and showcase the two countries’ films through the "French-Nigerian Film Distribution Conference." The agreement was inked during a visit by the Ambassador ...


Content Services  |  Natural TV Becomes First Private Turkish TV Channel To Reach African Audience

Natural TV, the first private Turkish TV channel to air in Africa, offers original content from Turkey and grows cultural awareness in the region. The channel kicks off the day with cartoons and continues by featuring music, health, agriculture and ...


Local Content  |  UCC To Boost Promotion Of Local TV Content In Uganda

The Uganda Communications Commission together with the Filmmakers represented by the Uganda Film Council (UFC) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have identified various ways to boost the development of local audio-visual content in Uganda. Kin Kariisa, the Chairperson ...


Content Services  |  DStv’s Mzansi Wethu Rolls Out New Reality Show, ‘Widowed’

The reality show Widowed recently premiered on Mzansi Wethu (DSTV channel 163). Widowed focuses on the lives of thirteen widows in the aftermath of losing their husbands, as they are forced to make peace with their losses and also deal ...


Connectivity  |  Nigeria Provides Internet By Using Television White Space Technology

Over half a million of Nigeria’s rural population will now receive internet through the use of Television White Space Technology (which is unused broadcasting band spectrum which can be used to deliver broadband services to unconnected rural communities.  According to ...


Local Film  |  South African Film Wins Big At International Wildlife Film Festival

The South African film, Stroop - Journey Into the Rhino Horn War, has won the sought-after 'Best of Festival' award along with the 'Best Independent or Feature Film' at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF). The annual festival which recently ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Nigeria Set To Add Arcadia Premium TV To Its Offering

In its effort to transform the television viewing experience by providing engaging content and telling Africa’s compelling stories while merging the digital and terrestrial world, Arcadia Premium Television has announced that is about to make its debut on StarTimes channel ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Viu Streaming Service Fights YouTube Over South African Shows

The streaming service Viu is at war with YouTube over the platform broadcasting the same South African shows which it also offers. Viu was rolled out in South Africa earlier this year, offering programming which is available to watch free ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Original Local Comedy Special Premieres On Vodacom Video Play

South African comedian Riaad Moosa’s comedy special, Life Begins, will be the very first local title to be offered on Vodacom’s video-on-demand service, Video Play. Riaad Moosa is an award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, writer and also one of South Africa’s ...


Local Film  |  China Collaborates In African Co-Production ‘No Man’s Land’

No Man’s Land is a film mainly set in China’s Qinghai Province, situated in the amazing foothills of the Himalayas, as well as the wetlands of Gauteng, South Africa. The movie is a story about a conservationist who fights tooth ...


Sports Rights  |  African Union Of Broadcasting Secures Broadcasting Rights For 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) has been handed the FTA rights to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament that will be taking place from June 21 to July ...


Local Content  |  GOtv Delivers More Local Content In Nigeria

The Digital Terrestrial Television service provider, GOtv, has announced that it will be adding nine brand new local channels to its subscribers in Nigeria. The channels will be made available to subscribers on GOtv Plus and Max packages. The channels ...


Sports Rights  |  ICASA's Plan For South Africa’s Sports Broadcasting Rights Lambasted By International Federations

Several International sporting federations have displayed dissatisfaction and poked holes in the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) proposed regulations on new sport broadcasting rights. The purpose of the draft regulations is to reach a much wider audience and ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Nollywood Inks Deal With Media Streaming Company

Streamliner.com, a media streaming company, has taken a massive step towards advancing Africa’s film market through an agreement with Nollywood’s Silverbird Group, Nigeria’s most prominent multi-million dollar media and film company. The Silverbird Group was founded by Ben Murray-Bruce, a ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa's SABC Might Not Broadcast Comrades Marathon Because Of No Deal With ASA

The Comrades Marathon, a major athletics event in South Africa, is at risk of not being on TV, according to a report released by the City Press. The report comes after another prominent race; the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon ...


Content Services  |  Canal+ Africa Adds New Music Channel To Its Offering

The French music channel Mezzo, which is dedicated to jazz, classical music and dance, can now be enjoyed on Les Bouquets Canal+, available in 22 African countries. Caroline Cochaux, the Deputy Director of TV channels Lagardère-Active and the President of ...


Content Services  |  ‘Our Perfect Wedding Zimbabwe’ Premieres On DStv’s Zambezi Magic

MultiChoice has unveiled a fresh new reality show, especially for Zimbabweans. ‘Our Perfect Wedding Zimbabwe’ premiered on DStv's Zambezi Magic on Thursday night and featured the former Idols Africa star Adiona Chidzonga. The favourite South African television show also has ...


Content Services  |  M-Net’s 1Magic Channel Is Now Available To DStv Compact Plus Subscribers

M-Net is extending the reach of its 1Magic TV channel (DStv 103) that has been made available as from Thursday 18 April to all DStv Compact Plus subscribers. The channel which carries shows like the South African telenovela The River, ...


Film Making  |  Africa’s MultiChoice Talent Factory Programme Collaborates With New York Film Academy To Train Emerging Filmmakers

In a massive leap towards upskilling Africa's up and coming filmmaking talent, MultiChoice's MultiChoice Talent Factory film academy has joined forces with the New York Film Academy (NYFA) that will assist with opportunities and training for students as part of ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Says That Netflix And DStv Are Not In Competition In South Africa

According to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), there is a significant difference between streaming services such as Netflix and the services being provided by traditional broadcasters in South Africa – such as DStv. In a conversation with ...


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Local Film  |  Kenyan Film Supa Modo Now Showing On Showmax

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Telstar Receives Mobile Phone Licence In Angola

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  MTN Receives More Spectrum In Nigeria

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zambia Lifts Prime TV Suspension With Immediate Effect

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Content Services  |  VIPI TV To Be Rolled Out In Kenya

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


Broadcasting Services  |  COO Of E-Media Investments Resigns

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


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

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


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

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


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Decreases Pay-TV Fees In Kenya

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Music Streaming  |  Universal Music Concludes Deal With Nigerian Streaming Service

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


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

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


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  MTN Nigeria Rolls Out Fibrenet In Abuja

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


Telecom  |  Uganda’s UCC Hikes Up MTN Licence Fee

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Broadcasting Satellite  |  SES Serves 355 Million Homes Via Satellite

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


Broadband  |  AfricaOnline Aims To Broaden Its Core Service In Ghana

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  New CEO Appointed At Telekom Networks Malawi

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


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

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


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

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


Content Services  |  Kenyan Film Director Secures A Project In Hollywood

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Vodafone And Movicel To Join Forces In Angola

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Pay TV  |  Institutions Raise Their Stakes In Recently Listed MultiChoice

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Content Services  |  Vox Africa Introduces New Travel Show

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Zambia Defends Prime TV License Suspension

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Vodafone And MTN Respectively Launch 4G In Ghana

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Tigo Chad Acquired By Morocco's Maroc Telecom

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Orange In Preparations To Launch 4G In Guinea

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Uzi Zambia Postpones Network Launch Once Again

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Music Streaming  |  Boomplay Inks A Licensing Deal With Warner Music

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Strengthens Inter-Africa Partnership With Microsoft

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Music and Entertainment  |  YouTube Music Rolls Out In South Africa

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


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

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


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

The Satellite operator SES has signed a deal with Benin’s governme