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Content Services  |  Alex Okosi Leaves ViacomCBS To Head-Up YouTube Africa -Reports

Alex Okosi, the Africa boss of ViacomCBS, has jumped ship and moved to YouTube, according to reports. This move allegedly left ViacomCBS Networks International Africa (VCN Africa) in a top executive shuffle that has resulted in the promotions of Monde ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Uganda And Tanzania Condemned For SIM Card Registration Policies -Report

A report by the UK-based pro-consumer website Comparitech alleges that Uganda and Tanzania have in place some of the world’s harshest SIM card monitoring policies. Based on a scoring metric of 0 – 21 (used to evaluate policy portfolios from ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: DSO Crucial To Regulation Of Broadcast Sector – Govt Minister

The Digital Switch Over (DSO) project is a critical component for the effective regulation of the broadcast sector in Nigeria, and its implementation should be given maximum priority. This is according to Mohammed Bello, Nigeria’s Minister of the Federal Capital ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya And Djibouti Telecom Announce Installation Of DARE1 Submarine Cable System

Telkom Kenya and Djibouti Telecom have announced that the installation of a sea cable that will be a link between Kenya and Djibouti has begun at La Siesta Beach in Djibouti. It is reported that the Djibouti Africa Regional Express ...


5G  |  Uganda: MTN And ZTE Unveil First 5G Network In East Africa

The telecoms group MTN Uganda and the telecoms technology solutions provider ZTE Corporation have joined forces to roll out the very first fifth-generation (5G) service in Uganda. The partnership showcased a high-speed 5G network in the 60 MHz spectrum bandwidth ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Nigeria’s NigComSat Appoints New Board Chairman

Nigeria’s satellite operator NigComSat has announced that it has officially welcomed onboard its new Board Chairman, Architect Yusuf Kazaure, following the recent board-level changes in many sectors under Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. Prior to this new appointment, ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Tanzania Cuts Off 157,000 Subscribers With Unregistered SIMs

Vodacom Tanzania has announced that it has barred 157,000 of its customers from accessing services after failing to biometrically register their SIM cards. This follows an instruction from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) to all operators to cut off ...


Film and Cinema  |  Nigerian Film Corporation Inks Deal With French Agency

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has secured a ‘cooperation’ agreement with the Moving Image for film production and the Centre National du Cinema (CNC). The agreement was signed recently in Abuja, Nigeria, by the Managing Director of the NFC, Chidia ...


Industry Forum  |  Radio And Digital Audio Broadcasting Convention To Take Stakeholders To Maseru, Lesotho!

As broadcasting and media infrastructure becomes digital across Africa, radio and audio broadcasting will continue to project itself as the most efficient and effective medium for social information, entertainment and education. Because of this, Broadcast Media Africa and co-convener, the Southern African ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Bags Formula E African Rights Deal

The Chinese media company, StarTimes, has secured the exclusive broadcast rights to the 2019/20 Formula E all-electric motorsport series in a total of 37 territories across sub-Saharan Africa. The deal covers significant markets including South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and ...


Internet Connectivity  |  MTN Cameroon Reconnects Subscribers After Disruption To Service

MTN Cameroon customers have had their data and voice call connectivity restored following a disruption to services as a result of a breakdown in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) in Europe. Subscribers experienced poor connectivity and in some cases ...


Pay TV  |  Botswana: Dstv Audio Bouquet Adds Yarona FM, Duma FM

DStv in Botswana has kicked off the new year with yet another milestone in the efforts towards having more local content on its platform. Since the beginning of January 2020, DStv subscribers have been able to enjoy two of Botswana’s ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Liquid Telecom To Launch 5G Wholesale Roaming -Reports

The Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is set to roll out the very first 5G wholesale roaming service in South Africa. The company said this latest fifth generation of internet connectivity would enable wholesale operators to create innovative and fast ...


Digital Migration  |  Ghana To Migrate From Analogue To Digital Broadcasting In June 2020 –Govt Minister

Ghana’s government has confirmed that the country’s broadcast sector will switch-over from analogue to digital broadcasting in June this year. The nation’s Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful disclosed this information after a meeting that was attended by the ministry and ...


Industry Forum  |  OTT Streaming: “Regulators Must Evaluate OTT’s Impact On Competitiveness In Broadcast Sector” - ICASA

Ms Botlenyana Mokhele, a Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), says that ICASA is still in the process of evaluating the impact of OTT streaming services on competition in the broadcast sector, especially in the subscription ...


Telecom  |  Malawi: Critical Communications Infrastructure Destroyed By Fire -Reports

Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) is reportedly in the process of restoring mobile phone communications after a fire burned down the company’s offices in Lilongwe. The company’s tower provides communication for several telecoms service providers including Telekom Networks Malawi, Airtel Malawi, ...


Internet Connectivity  |  Africa Loses Billions Due To Internet Shutdowns -Report

Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa lost out on approximately $2.16 billion in potential business during 2019 due to social media shutdowns and internet blackouts, while the Middle East and North Africa lost out on $3.14 billion. This is according to a ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telkom Planning To Shed 3000 Jobs -Reports

It has been reported that Telkom is planning to shed roughly 3,000 jobs across various business units including its wholesale division, Openserve. The story was initially broken by Reuters which reported that the South African telco had already sent out ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Zimbabwean Govt Rolls Out New Community Radio Stations

Zimbabwe’s marginalised communities will now have their voices heard on the radio as the Government has launched a programme to set up new community radio stations throughout the country. The programme, which is managed by the Ministry of Information, Publicity ...


Internet Connectivity  |  South Africa Experiences Slow Internet Following Dual Cable Failure -Reports

In a catastrophic and strange occurrence, two main undersea cables that connect South Africa to the world-wide internet have both been hit by separate failures – resulting in extremely slow internet speeds for some users since Thursday, last week. The ...


Content Services  |  DStv, GOtv To Premiere New Reality TV Show 'Ultimate Love' In February

Reality TV in Nigeria will hit a new level with the premiere of Ultimate Love, the latest reality TV show from MultiChoice, on February 9, on both DStv and GOtv. The reality series will follow the journey of single men ...


Sports Rights  |  Ghana’s Media Regulator Urges Local Football Association To Publish StarTimes Deal Details -Reports

The Chairman of Ghana’s National Media Commission (NMC) has called on the nation’s football association to publish the details of its rights agreement with the pay-TV broadcaster StarTimes. Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh made the request in a bid to defuse rising tensions ...


Telecom  |  MTN Group Announces Changes In Leadership

The MTN Group has announced that Gordian Kyomukama has been placed as the new CEO of MTN South Sudan CEO as from 21 January 2020. The operator released a statement describing Gordian as an experienced telecoms executive, with nearly 30 ...


Content Services  |  Ghana’s Citi TV Goes Live On DStv

The Accra-based Television Station, Citi TV, went live on DSTV, yesterday, January 16, a move that is likely to massively increase its viewership and allow the station to acquire a more extensive audience share. MultiChoice’s DSTV platform broadcasts in over ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe: Econet Wireless Repositions Focus To Showcase Digital Opportunities

Econet Wireless, the largest mobile network operator in Zimbabwe, has launched a marketing communication campaign to position the company as a digital lifestyle service that enhances people’s lives. In a statement, the mobile operator confirmed that the campaign is already ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom In Talks About Deal With Cell C -Reports

Vodacom is reported to be in talks with Cell C about taking over the smaller rival’s contract-paying mobile customers, a move that would significantly strengthen its position as South Africa’s telecoms market leader, according to people who are familiar with ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Kenya Rolls Out Campaign To Boost Viewing Experience

MultiChoice Kenya has rolled out a campaign titled ‘Step Up’ that will see its subscribers who pay and renew their existing subscription get a free upgrade. The offer that started on Wednesday 15th January will see subscribers gaining access to ...


Telecom  |  Orange Opens New Headquarters For Middle East And Africa In Morocco

This week Orange inaugurated the Orange Middle East and Africa head office in Morocco. The new headquarters are located in Casablanca Finance City Tower (CFC) in the centre of Casablanca. The building meets the latest standards with the international “LEED ...


Content Services  |  BBC’s ‘Focus On Africa’ Broadcasts On Ghana’s GHOne TV

Focus on Africa, BBC’s daily TV news programme for Africa will broadcast every weekday evening on GHOne TV. Viewers in Ghana can now watch the latest analysis and news from BBC journalists all across Africa every weekday evening on GHOne ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria’s Govt Ends MultiChoice’s Exclusive Rights To English Premier League -Reports

The Nigerian government has reportedly issued a directive ending exclusive rights in broadcasting major sporting events in the country. This means that MultiChoice’s long-standing monopoly on the live airing of high-profile sports events has come to an abrupt end. The ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Takes The Lead In East Africa’s FTTH Market

Safaricom has taken Wananchi’s Zuku fibre service’s previous spot as the leader in Kenya’s fibre market, according to a new report released by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). The quarterly report (July - September 2019) indicates that Safaricom gained ...


Video-On-Demand  |  SVOD Subscriptions To Skyrocket In Africa -Report

Revenues from Africa’s SVOD services are set to increase drastically over the next five years.  According to a study from Digital TV Research, revenues will reach roughly US$1.06 billion by 2025, up from the US$183 million that was generated in ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya Subscribers Drop By 0.6 Million In 3 Months

Telkom Kenya’s subscriber numbers dropped by 676,389 or 16 percent in the three months that ended in September 2019, making it the only telco in Kenya to register a reduced customer base in that quarter. Data compiled by the Communications ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Govt Instructs Broadcasting Commission To Create Jobs

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has instructed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately rollout measures to re-position the broadcast industry with a view to sanitise the sector, create jobs, promote local content, boost the advert ...


Network Infrastructure  |  Angola Cables Enters Africa-Asia-Pacific Partnership

The multinational ICT and network business, Angola Cables, has inked a memorandum of understanding with the Macau-based telecoms services provider CTM to explore the various digital business opportunities between Mainland China, Macau, Macau, Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and Brazil. According ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: News Channel eNCA Switches To High Definition (HD)

The South African TV news channel eNCA (DStv 403) will today (13 January 2020) switch to a high definition (HD) feed, using a new curved LED video wall that it claims will be the biggest in-studio screen used by a ...


Telecom  |  MTN Stock Rises After Nigeria Withdraws $2 Billion Tax Claim

Nigeria withdrew a $2 billion claim for back taxes against the MTN Group, ending a 16-month long legal battle between Africa’s largest mobile operator and the authorities in its biggest market. The telco, which vehemently disputed the claim from the ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Telcos Add 10 Million Phone Lines In 11 Months – Communications Commission

Nigeria’s telecoms operators activated 10 million lines between January and November in 2019, according to the latest statistics that have been released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The new lines brought the total number of active mobile subscriptions across ...


OTT Services  |  Facebook Appoints New Director For Africa And Middle East

Derya MatraÅÿ has been named as the Regional Director of Facebook in Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. In a statement, the social media giant said that in this role, MatraÅÿ would lead Facebook to serve communities and businesses, and ...


Music Streaming  |  Apple Music Rolls Out Africa Now Playlist

Apple Music has launched a new playlist that showcases African artists. The Africa Now playlist boasts songs from Africa’s most celebrated musicians and offers the latest releases from genres such as gqom, hip hop, amapiano, Afrobeats, Afropop, kuduro and alté ...


OTT Services  |  Airtel Nigeria Goes Live With Airtel TV

Airtel Nigeria has taken a bold step in redefining the TV viewing experience for its customers with the launch of Airtel TV, a one-stop viewing platform for everything entertainment – news, live TV, sports, music videos and lots more. The ...


Content Services  |  Africa Magic Launches New Reality Shows For 2020

Africa Magic has kicked off the New Year with a series of new reality shows. It recently announced that it would be introducing three new TV shows: ‘Dr Laser’, ‘Date My Family’, ‘Confessions’ and a new drama series - ‘Unmarried’. ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom Reveals Goal To Cut Data And Smartphone Prices

2019 was a good year for Vodacom as the mobile operator reached several important milestones. In a recent conversation with MyBroadband, Vodacom revealed its goals to cut prices in 2020. Its achievements include reducing the communication costs, reaching Level 1 ...


Radio Spectrum  |  Nigerian Communications Commission Drafts Guidelines For Use Of TV White Spaces

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has put together guidelines for the use of Television White Spaces (TVWS) to benefit rural broadband connectivity in Nigeria. The regulatory body in charge of Nigeria’s communications industry said that it had developed the guidelines in collaboration ...


Telecom  |  Orange Gears Up For African IPO

Orange SA, France’s leading phone company, has chosen Morgan Stanley and BNP Paribas SA to assist as advisors on a proposed initial public offering of its Middle East and Africa division, according to people familiar with the matter. The banks ...


Sports Rights  |  Ghana’s Radio Stations Get Free Broadcasting Rights For Local Football League

The Ghana Football Association’s Executive Committee has made the decision to offer free radio commentary broadcast rights to all radio stations in Ghana. The rights will be granted to all radio stations who agree to the GFA’s conditions that are ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Nigerians May Pay More For Calls And Data –Telecoms Association

Telecom companies that are members of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have announced that they may have no choice but to increase tariffs for data and voice calls over the decision made by 12 government states ...


Local Film  |  Zambia Rolls Out Blockbuster Film, 'The Borderline'

Inspired by the rise in global film production, Zambia has joined the industry with the rollout of its own blockbuster film titled ‘The Borderline’. Having premiered in Lusaka’s Ster Kinekor Cinema on 4 December, authored and produced by the renowned ...


Sports Rights  |  SuperSport Not Bidding For Ghana Premier League Broadcasting Rights -Reports

The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku, has revealed that SuperSport is not among the companies who are gunning for the broadcast rights of the Ghana Premier League. Media reports had been doing the rounds claiming that ...


Telecom  |  MTN Makes Over $975 Million In Asset Sales -Reports

MTN recently revealed in a statement, that it had made over $975 million in asset sales last year. The operator unveiled its Asset Realisation Programme (ARP) in March 2019 intending to reduce debt and risk, improve returns, simplify its portfolio ...


Film Making  |  MultiChoice’s Filmmakers Development Initiative Announces New Chapter

The MultiChoice Group (MCG) has announced exciting new changes to its filmmakers’ academy programme. The M-Net Magic in Motion (MIM) initiative will now be called the MultiChoice Talent Factory South Africa (MTF ZA) as it has been aligned with MCG’s ...


Data Services  |  Industry Research Reveals The Most Expensive Data Prices In Africa

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) has been identified as having the most expensive mobile data prices in Africa, closely followed by Zimbabwe, while the cheapest deals for mobile data are reportedly to be found in Tunisia and Egypt. This is according to ...


Industry Forum  |  OTT Streaming: SABC’s COO Urges Use Of Innovation To Serve Diverse Audiences

Mr Ian Plaatjes, the Chief Operating Officer at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), says that broadcasters in Africa need to start making use of the latest innovations available to them in order to retain and satisfy the needs of ...


Industry Survey  |  BMA To Survey The State-Of-Play Of Africa’s OTT Streaming And On-Demand Content Industry

The industry information and intelligence platform, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), has announced that as part of its “OTT Content Streaming In Africa programme” it is launching an industry-wide survey on the “State of Play” of Africa’s OTT Streaming And On-Demand Content ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Ghana’s Telcos Underpaid Taxes From 2015 To 2017 –Govt Minister

Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister of Communications, has revealed that between 2015 and 2017, the Ghanaian government lost over $52 million in Communications Service Tax (CST), VAT, GETFund Levy and National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) because the telecoms operators in ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Kenya Adds Two New Documentary Channels

StarTimes Media in Kenya has added the Smithsonian and Love Nature documentary channels to its offering. Love Nature is a 24-hour wild and marine animals channel that has been made available to Basic and Classic bouquet customers on the terrestrial ...


Telecom  |  MTN Sells Its Towers Businesses In Uganda And Ghana

The MTN Group has agreed to sell its towers businesses in both Ghana and Uganda as the mobile phone operator refocuses its attention on the high-growth markets in Africa and the Middle East. Clashes with regulators in Uganda, Nigeria and ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Commissions Second Egyptian Original Series

Netflix has announced that it has commissioned its second Egyptian original series, a partnership with the satirical puppet character Abla Fahita, a popular figure in the region. Scheduled for release sometime in 2020, the show will be produced by OKWRD production ...


OTT Services  |  Airtel Partners With Trace Africa And Rolls Out TV Platform

Airtel Nigeria has decided to redefine the TV viewing experience for its subscribers with the launch of Airtel TV, a one-stop platform for all things entertainment – music videos, live TV, sports, news and lots more. The Airtel TV app, ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Kenya Welcomes New Managing Director

MultiChoice Kenya has appointed Nancy Matimu as its new Managing Director, taking over from Eric Odipo who has moved on from the company to pursue other interests. Before joining MultiChoice Kenya, Nancy was the Vice-President and Head of Market Development ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Nigeria: Govt To Spend Millions On NIGCOMSAT

Nigeria’s Federal Government will this year spend the sum of $9.3 million (N3.4 billion) on Nigeria’s satellite company NIGCOMSAT, according to media reports. The annual spending on the company continues amid concerns around the underutilised state of NigCOmSat 1-R, the ...


OTT Services  |  9Mobile’s Collaboration With Nextsat TV Set To Transform Nigeria’s Media Entertainment Sector

9mobile is joining forces with Nextsat TV to offer quality digital entertainment experience by delivering fresh, ground-breaking video and audio content. The exclusive new deal is expected to unlock access to an exciting selection of content from the Nigerian music ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe’s ZBC Faces Eviction Due To Rental Arrears - Reports

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has been taken to the High Court by the Zimbabwe Electricity Industry Staff Pension Fund (ZEISPF) in an attempt to recover a $43, 367, 33 debt that the State broadcaster owes it. According to a ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Expects To Raise $37.5m In Malawi IPO

Airtel Africa Plc has revealed that it expects to raise approximately $37.5m in its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in Malawi. Airtel had earlier announced its plans to undertake an IPO in Malawi. It said that the listing would enable its ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Acquires Broadcast Rights For Emirates FA Cup And Community Shield Games

The pay-TV operator StarTimes has announced that it recently acquired the broadcasting rights for the Emirates FA Cup and the FA Community Shield matches. The company released a statement revealing that it had secured the transmission rights for these two ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Cell C Sees Great Success In MTN Roaming Deal

The South African telco, Cell C, has been under a lot of strain this past year, but the company revealed that it had seen significant success in the second half of 2019. After posting a $565-million loss and being forced ...


Industry Forum  |  TV Content Management Is Focus Of Industry Leaders At Upcoming Executive Forum In Abuja, Nigeria

As the broadcasting, media and telecoms companies look into how to take full advantage of the exploding growth in video content for TV, it is imperative that they find solutions regarding the cost-effective management of TV content in terms of ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria’s Federal Government Rolls Out New 5-Year National Broadband Plan

The crucial need to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration from its present coverage of 37.8% to over 70% within in the next five years is the goal for the new National Broadband Plan NBP (2020-2025) according to Dr Isa Ali Pantami, ...


Local Film  |  Viu Streaming Media Partners With Cairo Int'l Film Festival To Fund Egyptian Short Films

Viu, the leading entertainment streaming service in North Africa, has joined forces with the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) to roll out a programme that encourages the development and production of short films made by emerging Egyptian filmmakers. The initiative ...


Mobile Money  |  Vodacom Tanzania To Launch Mobile Money Transactions To M-Pesa Accounts

Vodacom Tanzania has partnered with the digital money transfers company WorldRemit to enable nine million users of the M-Pesa mobile money platform to receive money directly to their e-wallets from family and friends living abroad. Using the WorldRemit app, Tanzanians ...


Satellite TV  |  China’s StarTimes Hands Over Digital TV Project To Kenya

The Chinese pay-TV company StarTimes recently handed over a digital television project to Kenya’s authorities after successful implementation. The project that was rolled out in June 2018, and is part of the massive 10,000 digital villages project that was implemented ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  MTN Uganda Rolls Out Data bundles That Don’t Expire

The telecoms giant MTN Uganda has announced that it has rolled out internet bundles that don’t expire a few weeks after a Ugandan allegedly sued telecom companies over the expiry of data. The offer allows internet users to purchase 6MB, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Ghana: Broadcasters’ Association Introduces Revised Standard For Free-to-Air TV Broadcasters

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has introduced a revised standard on Direct-To-Home (DTH) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) receivers that will make the Conditional Access System (CAS) non-mandatory for all Free-To-Air (FTA) receivers. The new standard rolled out by ...


Telecom  |  Uganda Invests In Floating Telecom Masts To Enhance Communication

Uganda is in the process of investing in floating telecom masts to boost communication and internet access in remote and disaster-prone areas in the country. This was announced on Monday during the signing of a Letter of Agreement in Kampala ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Streams Nigeria’s ‘Crazy, Lovely, Cool’ TV Series

The global streaming platform, Netflix has acquired a Nigerian TV series titled “Crazy, Lovely, Cool”, adding to its rapidly expanding catalogue of Nollywood content. The series is a collaborative production between Trace TV and The Nollywood Factory, which is owned ...


Mobile Money  |  South Africa: MTN To Roll Out Mobile Money Service In The New Year

MTN has announced that its mobile money service, MoMo is set to go live in January 2020, allowing subscribers to save, spend, send and receive money as well as pay for services and goods using their mobile phones. The announcement ...


Content Services  |  GOtv Nigeria To Air WBF Heavyweight Match On ‘Boxing Night’ 20th Edition

GOtv Boxing Night 20 will be held on Saturday, December 28 and will see headlined by the World Boxing Federation (WBF) the Intercontinental heavyweight title match between the US-based Nigerian, Onoriode ‘Godzilla’ Ehwarieme, and the Argentinan Ariel ‘Chiquito’ Baracamonte. The ...


Telecom  |  Helios Towers Zooms In On Ethiopian Opportunities

The telecoms infrastructure company Helios Towers has revealed that it is interested in opportunities that are within the Ethiopian market. According to the firm, Ethiopia will need approximately US$1.5-billion in investment in tower infrastructure over the next five years in ...


Local Film  |  The Future Of African Film Is In Collaborations –Kenya Film Commission

The boss of the Kenya Film Commission Board (KFCB), Ezekiel Mutua, has said that the future of the African film industry lies primarily in collaborations between the different nations within the continent. The board CEO made this statement during the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Taskforce Elected To Facilitate Restructuring And Funding Of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

A 15-member taskforce that was put together to focus on issues of improvement of government information and public communication has recommended the funding and restructuring of the national broadcaster Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) to better enable efficient public broadcasting services. ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: ATCON Calls For Collaboration With Communications Ministry To Grow Telecoms Industry

The Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has said that a collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy is a critical factor that will create and mould an industry that will attract more substantial investments to the ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Nigerian Film ‘4th Republic’ Now Streaming On Amazon Prime Video

Ishaya Bako’s film on Nigerian politics, 4th Republic, is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The political thriller was premiered earlier this year, a few months after Nigeria’s general elections, and it captures the continuous violent interference in the country’s elections and ...


Telecom  |  Kenya’s Competition Watchdog Approves Airtel-Telkom Merger

The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), has revealed that it has approved the planned merger between Telkom Kenya and Airtel, in a notice that was published in the Kenya Gazette last week Friday. CAK gave the go-ahead for the deal ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Nigeria Rolls Out New Crime TV Series

StarTimes Nigeria has rolled out a new action crime TV series, Paper Bolt, and the show is currently enjoying massive viewership on the ST Nollywood Plus channel. The first crime series airs every Monday – Friday on ST Nollywood plus ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria’s Telcos Lose Revenue As Subscribers Abandon SIM Cards -Reports

Airtel, MTN Nigeria, 9Mobile, ntel and Globacom, Nigeria’s main mobile network operators (MNOs), are said to be losing monthly a substantial amount of potential revenues to the rapidly rising number of abandoned SIM cards in the country. According to a ...


Sports Rights  |  Cameroon’s CRTV And Africa Union Of Broadcasting End Dispute Over Unpaid TV Rights Fees

Cameroon’s public broadcaster, CRTV, and the African Union of Broadcasting, the body of free-to-air broadcasters, have amicably ended their dispute over outstanding rights fee payments. After a meeting in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, the two organisations stated that they now look ...


Broadcasting Organisations  |  Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria’s New Boss Set To Change Broadcast Media Landscape For Good!

The recently elected national Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Mrs Sa’a Ibrahim has laid out a visionary programme of ideas that would see the Nigerian broadcast media industry positively revamped for the benefit of all the stakeholders! ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Rolls Out VAS Platform, Telkom Plus Portal

South Africa’s Telkom has announced that it is rolling out a value-added service (VAS) portal called Telkom Plus. The offering is a Telkom-user only subscription platform that will aggregate wireless application service providers and content service providers. Gugu Mthembu, from ...


Content Services  |  TRACE Launches Gospel Channel To Expand African Portfolio

Trace has joined forces with the MultiChoice group to roll out a dedicated 24-hour gospel channel, Trace Gospel, in sub-Saharan Africa on DStv’s Channel 332. Since 2003, the channel has been a favourite destination for music, entertainment, celebrity news, culture ...


Telecom  |  MTN Ghana Offers Subscribers Exclusive Pre-Screening Of ‘Jumanji – The Next Level’

MTN Ghana has given its customers a unique opportunity to enjoy the premiere of ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’. The pre-screening of the movie took place on Thursday, last week, at the Silver bird cinema in Accra, Ghana. This is the ...


Music Streaming  |  Boomplay Inks Regional Copyright Licence Deal In Preparation For Africa’s “Streaming Boom”

The African streaming service Boomplay has increased its access to global catalogues by inking a licensing deal with the indie-label repping Merlin. The deal will allow all Merlin-allied distributors and labels around the world to make their music immediately available ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zambia Welcomes New Board For Independent Broadcasting Authority

Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya, introduced a new seven-member board of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) earlier this week. The new board comprises of Sipho Phiri, Beatrice Mwansa, Chanda Kasolo, Claire Limbwambwa, Chalimba Phiri, Margaret Kaniki ...


Telecom  |  New Telco, Mobilis Receives Operating License In Mali

Mobilis, a division of Algeria Telecom, is on the path to becoming the newest entrant into Mali’s telecommunications market after bagging a global operating license to launch its services in the country. The license that was secured for an undisclosed ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Adds Peace FM, Joy FM And Y FM To DStv Ghana

MultiChoice Ghana has announced the addition of Y FM, Peace FM and Joy FM to Ghana’s DStv platform this December. The Managing Director of MultiChoice Ghana, Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, said that MultiChoice’s goal is to make local radio entertainment more accessible ...


Telecom  |  Ethiopia: Orange Expresses Diminished Interest In Ethio Telecom

Orange’s CEO has expressed caution regarding Ethiopia’s ability to swiftly privatise its telecom sector. While confirming his great interest in the Ethiopian market through a potential equity investment in the country’s Ethio Telecom, Stéphane Richard, the CEO of the French ...


Pay TV  |  DStv Ghana Introduces 24/7 WhatsApp Self-Service

MultiChoice Ghana, the front-running video entertainment service operator in Ghana, has rolled out a selection of self-service platforms to help subscribers in better managing their GOtv and DStv service during the festive season. Making the announcement, the Managing Director of ...


Mobile Money  |  Safaricom To Launch Mobile Money Savings Plan In Kenya

Safaricom has announced that it will be rolling out a savings plan on its mobile money service, M-Pesa that will allow its customers to save money and also earn an annual interest. The platform, named Mali (which means ‘wealth’ in ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Rolls Out Music Streaming Service, MusicTime

MTN Nigeria has rolled out a music-streaming service named “MusicTime”. According to MTN, MusicTime will allow music lovers access to millions of songs from across the globe. The App was launched last December in South Africa and has received mixed ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Namibia: NBC Owes Music Composers Over Hundred Thousand USD In Royalties -Reports

The Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) has announced that it is waiting for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to settle its outstanding debt in royalties that currently stand at N$1,7million ($114 000.00) in total, according to ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: NBC To Issue 200 New Licences To Broadcast Stations -Reports

The Director-General of Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Is’haq Modibbo Kawu recently disclosed that the commission has decided to issue 200 additional licenses for broadcasting stations across the country. Kawu made this announcement while speaking at the fifth anniversary of ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Plans To List On Malawi Stock Exchange

Airtel Africa has revealed its plans to list its Malawi telecoms business on the country’s stock exchange, as the operator aims to capitalise on growth in the market. The Managing Director of Airtel Malawi, Charles Kamoto, stated that the planned ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  NCC Reiterates Commitment To Accounting Separation Framework For Nigeria's Telecoms Industry

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its commitment to implementing Accounting Separation Framework to outline the guidelines required for the preparation as well as submission of the Regulatory Financial Statement for Nigeria’s Communications industry. This announcement was made in ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC World Service To Increase Its Africa Audience With Six New Languages

Over the past five years, BBC’s World Service has invested millions in broadcast in Africa. In an interview with Balancing Act Africa, Mary Lusiba, the Head of Business Development, Africa at BBC World Service, spoke about the broadcaster’s achievements so ...


Sports Rights  |  Ghana FA Scraps $17.9m Broadcast Rights Deal With StarTimes

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has cancelled its $17.9m contract with StarTimes after it called for bids to take over the rights that were bought by the Chinese broadcasting giant three years ago. The GFA invited the nation’s media organisations ...


Telecom  |  MTN Business Namibia Gears Up For Mobile Network Launch

MTN Business Namibia has announced that it is still moving ahead with plans to roll out a mobile network, after receiving all the relevant regulatory approval. The Managing Director of MTN Business Namibia, Elia Tsouros, said that the project had ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Nigeria To Launch New Live Reality Show, ‘Ultimate Love’

MultiChoice Nigeria has announced the upcoming launch of a new reality TV show titled ‘Ultimate Love’. The show will broadcast live, 24/7 on all GOtv and DStv select packages starting in February 2020. A first-of-its-kind reality show format, Ultimate Love ...


Telecom  |  Orange Wraps Up Niger Exit

The telecoms group Orange has announced that it has completed its exit from Niger with the transfer of its shares in Orange Niger to Zamani Com SAS which is owned by Moctar Thiam of Greenline Communications and Mohamed Rissa of ...


Digital TV  |  Zimbabwe’s Govt To Kick Off Digital Broadcasting In Few Weeks Time – BAZ

Zimbabwe’s government will begin broadcasting on the long-awaited digital TV platform despite having installed only 18 out of the intended 48 transmitters since the process was rolled out four years ago. Speaking at Friday’s induction for the newly appointed members ...


OTT Services  |  9mobile And Nextsat TV Collaborate To Transform Nigeria’s Media Entertainment

9mobile, Nigeria’s innovative and youth-focused telecoms firm, is collaborating with Nextsat tv to deliver a high-quality digital entertainment experience by providing a new range of exciting audio and video content. The exclusive deal aims to unlock access to an exciting ...


Mobile Money  |  Ghana To Licence Mobile Money Services In 2020

The Bank of Ghana’s Head of payment systems has warned mobile money service providers that they will require a specific licence from the middle of 2020 in order to continue operating in the country, according to reports by local media. ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa: SAFA Reports $5Mil Loss After SABC Broadcasting Rights Issue

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has reported a $5 million loss at its annual general meeting on Sunday. According to the football federation’s acting CEO Gay Mokoena, the deficit is a result of its loss of the SABC broadcasting ...


Telecom  |  Madagascar Collaborates With China To Upgrade Telecom Network

The Republic of Madagascar has inked an agreement to benefit from Chinese innovations for the modernisation of its telecom network, according to reports by Ecofin. The Madagascan government plans to install new telecommunications infrastructure, including data management centres and optical ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Vox Partners With Angola Cables To Boost Its Core Network

The integrated ICT and infrastructure provider Vox has signed a deal with Angola Cables that will give it peering access to the undersea South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) that connects Africa with the Americans. The Head of Network at Vox, ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  South Africa: MTN To Fight Recommendations To Cut Data Prices

MTN has revealed that it will oppose what it believes to be intrusive recommendations from SA’s antitrust watchdog, saying that it already slashed its data prices and invested significantly in its network. On Monday, the Competition Commission declared that MTN ...


Content Services  |  StarSat To Add Two New Documentary Channels

StarSat has announced that it is adding two new documentary channels the Smithsonian Channel and Love Nature from the 10th of December. The Smithsonian Channel (StarSat 226) and Love Nature (StarSat 224) will replace Nat Geo WILD and National Geographic ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe’s Econet Shuts Down Post-Paid Platform

Zimbabwe’s drastically inflationary economic environment has forced the nation’s biggest telco, Econet Wireless, to cancel contract line arrangements, forcing post-paid subscribers to pay in advance for roaming and talk time. Local companies are struggling under the pressure of continuous fee ...


Telecom  |  MTN Launches Remittances App

The mobile operator MTN has announced the rollout of its latest fintech service, a remittances app titled MTN Homeland. This development comes right after MTN’s Group CEO and President Rob Shuter told delegates at last month’s AfricaCom 2019 conference that ...


Content Services  |  WarnerMedia Focuses On Linear In Africa

WarnerMedia has undergone a massive transformation in a short period of time to become a significant part of Vox telecommunication’s empire. This is best underlined by the enormous amount of investment that the company has placed in the upcoming streaming ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Pays Up Debt Owed To Producers

The SABC has paid up most of the debt it owed to South African production companies that were commissioned to create content for the public broadcaster. The Group CEO of the SABC, Madoda Mxakwe had announced in October that it ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  South Africa’s Competition Commission Orders MTN And Vodacom To Decrease Data Prices

South Africa’s MTN Group and Vodacom Group could face prosecution if they don’t agree with the Competition Commission to lower data prices in the next two months, according to the watchdog’s findings from an inquiry that was published on Monday. ...


Sports Rights  |  North Africa: BeIN Sports Secures Broadcast Rights For FIFA Club World Cup

The Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports has secured exclusive broadcast rights for the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup. The company has confirmed the two-year media rights deal for 24 countries in the Middle East and North ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Vox To Roll Out Uncapped Data Satellite Service In South Africa

The integrated ICT and infrastructure provider, Vox revealed on Tuesday, 3 December 2019, that it had launched its uncapped voice and data satellite service plans. As part of its new YahClick satellite service, these plans will provide cost-effective connectivity to ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  MainOne’s Submarine Cable Goes Live In Cote d’Ivoire

MainOne has revealed that its submarine cable in Cote d’Ivoire is live and ready for service. The major project is the first commercial cable system to deploy spectrum sharing capabilities. It will offer capabilities to improve infrastructure-sharing and lower the ...


Industry Forum  |  Telcos And Broadcasters Explore Benefits Of Partnerships For OTT Growth In Africa!

‘Fostering end-to-end industry partnerships to drive sustainable growth – removing pathway obstacles’ is the topic of a thought-provoking panel discussion session that will be carried out at the upcoming OTT Content Streaming And On-Demand Summit taking place on Wednesday 19th – Thursday ...


Telecom  |  Sudan: Sudatel Welcomes New CEO

On Friday, 29 November 2019, Sudatel revealed that it had appointed Sami Yousif Mohamed as the telco’s new CEO and Group President – effective immediately. The announcement comes as the telecoms company prepares to invest significantly in its operations inside ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Gabon And Congo Commence With 5G Testing

Gabon Telecom, a subsidiary of the Maroc Telecom Group, has officially started its 5G testing in Gabon, while the Republic of Congo is scheduled to commence its 5G trial in December 2019. Gabon Telecom's 5G trials kicked off in Libreville ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa: Bundesliga Games Available Live On Openview

South African soccer fans will now be able to watch the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in some of the most popular Bundesliga games every Saturday for free on Openview! Until now, only the subscribers of pay-TV operator ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice And Viacom Renew Content Deal

MultiChoice and Viacom have renewed the channel carriage contract for Viacom’s set of TV channels that are carried on Africa’s largest pay-TV service. The contract extension means that the MTV, MTV Base, Comedy Central, BET, MTV Music 24, NickToons, Nick ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Cell C Shuts Down Its Black Streaming Service

Cell C has revealed that it is shutting down its Black streaming service. In an SMS sent to its Black users, the company announced that the service would close on the 31st of December 2019. Cell C said that this ...


Mobile Money  |  Cameroon Rolls Out Mobile Money Aggregation Platform For Financial Inclusion

On 26 November 2019, Minette Libom Li Likeng, Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications signed a decree clarifying the conditions and operating rules of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) for general access to Cameroon’s national electronic communications’ aggregation platform. This ...


Telecom  |  Cell C Turns Down Telkom Offer -Reports

Cell C has reportedly rejected a takeover offer from Telkom, leaving the South African mobile operator clear to pursue a partnership agreement with the larger rival, MTN Group, and also take up a recapitalisation plan with the Buffet Group. On ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nvivo TV Rolled Out In Nigeria

The entertainment and content distribution space in Nigerian is set to see a major transformation following the official rollout of Nvivo TV as part of the revelations made at the just concluded 9th Africa International Film Festival, which was held ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe: Broadcasting Minister Calls For Regulator To Open Electronic Media Space

Monica Mutsvangwa, Zimbabwe’s Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, has called on the new Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe board to expedite the opening up of the electronic media space in Zimbabwe and ensure that citizens enjoy their rights as stipulated ...


Telecom  |  TogoCom Welcomes New CEO

The West-African TogoCom Group has announced the appointment of Franco-Malagasy Paulin Alazard as new CEO. He replaces the outgoing CEO Atcha-Dedji Affoh. The drastic change of leadership is a result of Agou Holding's majority stake (51%) in the firm. Alazard ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Nigeria To Add New Packages To DStv And GOtv In December

MultiChoice Nigeria has announced the introduction of five new packages curated exclusively for the Nigerian market. The pay-TV mother-ship has also revealed that it is revamping GOtv Max, as well. As from the 1st of December, MultiChoice will be adding ...


OTT Services  |  9Mobile Joins Forces With NPFL And Next TV For OTT Broadcast Of Nigerian Football League

Nigeria’s communication network, 9Mobile has signed into a partnership between Next TV and the League Management Company (LMC) for the broadcast and production of the Nigeria Professional Football League. The Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko and other top executives ...


Broadcasting Services  |  DStv Concludes Assessment Of ZBC’s 24-Hour News Channel

It has been announced that MultiChoice (DStv) has concluded its assessment of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) 24-hour-news channel which aims to increase access to Zimbabwe’s relevant news as well as government policy information. This was revealed by Zimbabwe’s Minister ...


International Co-Productions  |  China And Namibia Sign Content Deal For Radio And TV Broadcasting

A Chinese delegation recently visited Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), to explore opportunities in the space of information and content exchange and dissemination. The visiting delegation was headed by Wu Bao'an, the Head of the National Radio and Television Administration of ...


Telecom  |  NetOne Focuses On Mobile Money And Data Services To Avoid Liquidation -Reports

Zimbabwe’s state-owned mobile operator NetOne has revealed that it plans direct its focus towards data, financial services and entertainment media in order to avoid liquidation. The company’s Public Relations, Marketing and Customer Experience executive Eldrette Shereni said that NetOne decided ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Rolls Out First Live Demo 5G Network Service In West Africa

On Monday, MTN Nigeria carried out its first live demo of 5G network service, making Nigeria the first country in West Africa to perform a trial of 5G technology and its applications.   This rollout was the result of a ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Nigeria: NCC Intervenes In Telco And Govt Data Price Dispute

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stepped in on behalf of Nigeria’s telecommunication service providers in a stand-off between the operators and the Minister of Communication Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami over data fees. Earlier this month, telcos ignored an instruction ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Plans To Increase Video-On-Demand Access Across Africa

MultiChoice’s subscription video on demand (SVoD) service, Showmax announced last week that it plans to address the obstacles faced by many African’s when it comes to video streaming platforms. SVoD works well in countries where uncapped broadband is more affordable ...


Mobile Money  |  Vodacom’s Mobile Money Exceeds $2.8 Billion In Monthly Transactions

Mobile operator Vodacom has announced that its M-Pesa transactions exceeded R41 billion ($2.8 billion) a month consecutively for the six months that ended on 30 September 2019. The mobile operator added that the high number of transactions is in line ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Kenya And Beijing Municipal Collaborate For Local Content Production Project

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio and Television and StarTimes Kenya have announced a joint broadcast content development venture between Kenyan actors and their Chinese counterparts. The development will introduce the first-ever Sino-Africa reality TV show highlighting cross-cultural exchange while ...


Industry Forum  |  Telco Association To Co-Convene OTT Content Streaming And On-Demand Summit In Cape Town, South Africa

The Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA) will co-convene the forthcoming OTT Content Streaming And On-Demand Summit due to take place on the 19th to 20th of February 2020 at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Cape Town, South Africa. The Summit which is ...


Content Streaming Services  |  DStv To Roll Out ‘Dishless’ Streaming Product In 2020

The CEO of MultiChoice’s Connected Video division, Niclas Ekdahl has announced that DStv hopes to launch its standalone “dishless” streaming product by March 2020. In an interview with TechCentral last week, Ekdahl said that the company has made great progress ...


Telecom  |  Orange Mali: Employees Go On Strike Demanding Larger Shareholding

Workers at Orange Mali recently held a two-day strike over their demand for a more substantial shareholding in the telco for staff, according to media reports. The strike kicked off on the 20th of November and ended on the 21st ...


Telecom  |  Uganda And Ghana Set To Explore GSMA-Backed Connectivity Solutions

Over the next 18 months, Vodafone Ghana and MTN Uganda will reportedly be working with iSat Africa, Fairwaves Inc. and NuRAN to test new mobile connectivity solutions for unconnected rural areas in Africa. This project is the GSMA’s initiative through ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Showmax Ready To Compete With Netflix – MultiChoice

Showmax is now in the best position to compete with international streaming giants like Netflix. This is according to the MultiChoice Connected Video’s CEO Niclas Ekdahl, who had a conversation with MyBroadband at a MultiChoice Media Showcase. Ekdahl said that ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Safaricom In Joint Licence Bid For Ethiopian Entry

Safaricom has reportedly been forced into a joint bid for one of two Ethiopian telecommunications licences early next year due to the high entry fees that are expected to exceed the $984 million mark. The telecoms firm said that it ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenya’s Copyrights Board And CA Urge Broadcasters To Obtain Content Licenses Before Distribution

Kenya’s broadcast and telecoms content service providers have been given until November 29 to adhere to all copyright laws as stipulated in their license conditions and still be compliant to any other legal obligations as they offer their products and ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  IBA Shuts Down Zambia’s Lutanda Radio For Promoting Tribalism And Hate Speech -Reports

The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has announced that it has with immediate effect suspended the broadcasting license for Zambia’s Lutanda Radio Station for 30 days after the station broadcast a story with the potential to promote hate speech. IBA’s Director-General ...


Satellite Broadcasting  |  Talks With China On Satellite Procurement Still On-Going – NigComSat

The Honourable Samson Osagie, the Executive Director for Business Development at Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) has refuted recent reports claiming that the agency had suspended its loan talks with China over the procurement of a new satellite. The loan, ...


Pay TV  |  Illegal DStv Connections Lower Pay For MultiChoice Creatives In Kenya

MultiChoice Kenya has spoken out about the infringement on its content through illegal DStv connections, popularly known in Kenya as ‘DStv Sambaza’, with the broadcaster saying that the trend is ultimately lowering pay for its local content producers. This outcry ...


Content Services  |  Emmy Award-Winning GRB Studios Inks Deals In Africa

GRB Studios has recently closed a number of deals in Africa, including one that brings the latest season of Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter to South Africa’s pay-TV channel M-Net. M-Net has also acquired a list of holiday films, including Second Chance ...


Telecom  |  Ghana: Vodafone CEO Speaks Up Against Mobile Money Tax -Reports

The CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai, has issued a statement saying that for Ghana’s digital market to grow, the government must refrain from taxing mobile money operations. She said that the taxing of mobile money operations would only discourage ...


Film Making  |  Nigeria Signs On For First Co-Production With China

Nigeria’s Corporate World Entertainment along with FilmOne Entertainment is partnering with China’s Huahua Media on the first co-production between the countries, “30 Days in China,” starring the Nigerian actor-comedian Ayo Makun, who is popularly known by his stage name A.Y. ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Eutelsat Inks Multi-Year Contract With Congo’s Orao Telecom

At the recently concluded AfricaCom 2019, Eutelsat Communications announced the successful inking of a multi-year contract with the DRC’s Orao Telecom, for video capacity on one of its Eutelsat 7-series satellites, situated at 7°E, which is reportedly a privileged position ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa: FIFA Invites Broadcasters To Bid For CAF TV Rights

FIFA has put South Africa’s broadcasters on alert following a confirmation of the opening of a tender process for the much sought-after TV rights for the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) qualifiers for 2022’s Soccer World Cup in Qatar. According to media ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Airtel, Telkom Merger Delay Affecting Economy -Reports

It has been nine months and counting since Airtel and Telkom Kenya made public their intent to amalgamate their respective mobile businesses into a single entity that would evolve into Airtel-Telkom. The two telcos proceeded to engage with the relevant ...


Music Streaming  |  Sony And Boomplay Collaborate On African Content

Boomplay and Sony Music Entertainment (SME) have announced plans to expand their footprint in Africa with a new partnership. The signing of this milestone deal with Boomplay will deliver SME's catalogue to more than 60 million Africans. Phil Choi, Boomplay's ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile To Roll Out 4G In 16 Cities

9mobile has revealed that it plans to roll out 4G network in 16 of Nigeria’s cities in the coming months. Stephane Beuvelet, 9mobile’s acting Managing Director, Stephane Beuvelet, said that the operator had invested in a massive roll-out of infrastructure ...


Content Services  |  GOtv Adds Cartoon Network Channel For The Holidays

MultiChoice-owned GOtv will be adding new channels for its subscribers on a variety of plans. These viewers will have new content to watch over the festive period. The company is calling the unique offering ‘This is us Wakenya,’ and has ...


Telecom  |  Telcos In Distress Over Multiple Taxes In Nigeria

The Association of Licensed Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ALTON) has urged Nigeria’s federal government to address the issue of multiple taxes which it has previously described as ‘irrelevant’ and ‘stifles economic growth’.   The group claimed that the government had ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: MTN Signs Roaming Deal With Cell C

South Africa’s third-largest mobile network operator, Cell C, announced yesterday that it had signed the long-awaited expanded roaming deal with MTN, South Africa’s second-largest operator. MTN and Cell C have been in talks for quite some time. Cell C already ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Kenya Boosts Local Content With 2-Week Bouquet Upgrade In Retention Strategy

StarTimes Media has announced a subscriber retention strategy that will see more local content made available. Subscribers on both terrestrial and satellite platforms will receive automatic upgrades to higher bouquets at the cost of a lower plan for the first ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Liquid Telecom Rolls Out First Direct Land-Based Fibre Link To Connect East To West Africa

The Pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom has launched the first direct land-based fibre link that connects East to West Africa.  The company made this announcement at a media briefing at the AfricaCom conference that was in Cape Town last week. ...


Online TV  |  Online VoD Service Exclusively Telling African Stories Rolled Out In Kenya

A Kenyan production firm, Creatives Garage, has launched an online media streaming and VoD platform exclusively for African stories. The platform is called Kalabars. It allows its audience to view quality films, documentaries, series, listen to-audio content and music videos ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telkom Offers To Buy Rival Cell C

Telkom SA SOC Ltd. has offered to buy Cell C Pty Ltd. and merge South Africa’s two smallest mobile network operators in an effort to better compete against larger rivals, according to sources close to the matter. The bid reportedly ...


Local Content  |  MultiChoice Boss Calls For Support Of Local Production Companies

The general entertainment head of Africa’s biggest pay-TV operator is calling for a stimulus package to be made available for South Africa’s TV and film sector to help support local production companies in maximising their output of local series and ...


OTT Services  |  South Africa’s Film And Publication Board Denies Blocking YouTube Premium Videos

The Film and Publication Board of South Africa (FPB) recently told MyBroadband that it is in no way delaying the release of Google original content on YouTube Premium in South Africa. YouTube Premium was rolled out in South Africa on ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Nigeria Considers $70m Spectrum For Improved LTE Services

Airtel Africa Plc has announced a proposed acquisition of an extra 10 MHz spectrum in the 900 MHZ band in Nigeria which is said to cost approximately $70 million. The agreement was signed between Airtel Nigeria and Intercellular Nigeria Limited ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Trace Acquires And Rebrands Kenya’s Qwetu Radio

Kenya’s music radio station Qwetu Radio has been bought out by the French multimedia entertainment corporation, Trace, and will now assume the new name - Trace Radio. The company also rolled out a hub in Westlands, Nairobi, after the acquisition. ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria’s NCC Identifies Cyber Attacks As Biggest Headache In Telecoms Sector

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has declared that cyber-attacks can be counted amongst some of the biggest nightmares of the telecoms industry. The Commission urged all consumers to stop opening emails that are not familiar to them, posting personal identification ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telkom CEO Opposes ICASA’s 5G Licensing Proposal -Reports

Telkom SA’s CEO Sipho Maseko has declared that South Africa’s communications regulator ICASA is making a terrible mistake in the way it intends to license access to the much sought-after 5G-suitable 3.5GHz radio frequency spectrum band. ICASA took the industry by ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  Eutelsat Inks First-Ever Cirrus Deal In Africa

Eutelsat Communications has announced that it has signed a multi-year contract with Orao Telecom Congo for video capacity on one of its satellites that is located at 7 degrees East. In an exciting first for the African continent, Orao Telecom Congo also confirmed ...


OTT Services  |  Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation To Launch TV App And OTT Services

Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation has announced a new TV app and the move into OTT services next year, both of which are expected to boost audience engagement with television content. During the Broadcasting Convention of Southern Africa, the Corporation’s Director-General Berard ...


Content Services  |  DStv Adds Euronews, CBS Justice And CuriosityStream Channels

MultiChoice has revealed that it is adding two more TV channels to DStv including CuriosityStream, CBS Justice and is also bringing back Euronews. As it is a crime channel, CBS Justice (DStv 170) will be replacing A+E Networks UK’s Crime+Investigation ...


Telecom  |  Cameroon: Telecoms Regulator Set To Audit Operators’ Turnover

Philemon Zo’ o Zame, the Managing Director of Cameroon’s telecommunications regulator, has announced that he will be recruiting a firm to audit the revenues of telcos operating in the country, namely MTN Cameroon, Viettel Cameroon and Orange Cameroon. The regulator ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Employees Issue Strike Notice Over Unpaid Salaries -Reports

Operations at the cash-strapped Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) could come to a grinding halt on December 7 after its staff issued a notice to down their tools due to salaries and pensions not being paid to retirees and staff. The ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: Thebe Acquires Controlling Stake In VOD Provider Discover Digital

The black empowerment investment firm Thebe Investment has acquired a 51% controlling stake in Discover Digital South Africa and also 50.1% in Discover Digital International. The deal, which was recently concluded, will see Thebe control the two entities and work towards fulfilling ...


OTT Services  |  Broadcasters Must Collaborate With Telcos To Survive The OTT World –Industry Stakeholders

Africa is leading the way with certain types of mobile payment systems, but to benefit from this, broadcasters need partnerships with telcos to monetize their content. This was the assessment of Discover Digital Executive Director Stephen Watson, speaking at the ...


Telecom  |  Vodafone Egypt To Invest In Solar Energy To Supply Its Facilities

The Egyptian division of Vodafone has announced that it is investing $100 Million to build a solar power plant that will power its facilities in Egypt. This announcement was made recently by Alexandre Froment-Curtil, the General Manager of Vodafone Egypt. ...


Telecom  |  MTN Instant Messaging Platform Boasts 1 Million Users

MTN’s instant messaging product Ayoba has reached the milestone of one million monthly active users, the mobile giant revealed on Tuesday. Ayoba is an innovative communications application that was localised for African and Middle Eastern consumers under an Over the ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix And Other VoD Platforms To Tackle Password-Sharing

The global streaming giant Netflix and other VoD operators plan to crack down on the problematic practise of password-sharing. It is reported that the operators will roll out a host of new features in an effort to put a stop ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Nigerian Minister Extends Deadline For NCC Data Tariff Slash

Dr Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has extended the deadline that was given to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to decrease the cost of data, and stop the various illegal deductions from subscribers by service providers. ...


Digital Migration  |  “Countries Should Learn From Our Mistakes But Not Be Afraid Of Digital Migration”, Say ZNBC Officials

African countries considering digital migration should “Learn some of the mistakes that we made in the initial stages and some we are still grappling with, but overall it shouldn’t scare you,” says Cliff Kachingwe Sichone, Vice President of TopStar. Speaking ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe’s Govt To Roll Out Digital Broadcasting – BAZ

The Zimbabwean Government will begin broadcasting on the long-awaited digital TV platform despite having deployed just 18 out of an intended 48 transmitters since the process was put in place four years ago. Speaking during the recent induction for newly ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Vodacom’s Netflix Competitor Is Growing Fast -Reports

On Monday Vodacom told its investors that it currently has over a million paying subscribers on its Video Play service, making it a significant player in the market – though with significantly limited commitment from its customers relative to competitors ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  South Africa: Etv To Broadcast Over 65 NBA Games

Etv has entered into a partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), which recently appointed the broadcaster as its official free-to-air broadcast partner in South Africa. As part of the deal, Etv will air more than 65 games throughout the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Looks Forward To Profit Surge -Reports

MultiChoice released a trading statement last week that states that it expects trading profit to reach over $335 000 mil for the six months that ended in September 2019, up approximately 20% from the previous period. The DStv Satellite TV ...


Sports Rights  |  SuperSport Will No Longer Air CAF Content After Termination Of Contract

Following the termination by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) of its agreement with Lagardère, SuperSport has announced that it will no longer be broadcasting CAF content, starting with the AFCON under-23 championship, kicking off in Egypt this weekend, until ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe Considering Proposals From New MNOs

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) is looking into proposals from local and foreign venture capitalists who are keen to join the country's mobile public network. Zimbabwe’s mobile communications sector features three networks: Telecel, Econet and NetOne, ...


Telecom  |  Tanzania: Telcos Tigo And Zantel To Officially Merge

Two Millicom-owned companies have announced that they will officially merge. Zanzibar Telecom Public Limited Company (Zantel) revealed the completion of an amalgamation with its sister entity MIC Tanzania Public Limited Company (Tigo). Now that Millicom Tanzania, also known as Tigo, ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Adds Pineapple TV To Its Offering

Africa’s first exclusive Children’s and Family TV Channel, Pineapple TV has launched on StarTimes Network Channel 129. Pineapple TV said that it would deliver fun, safe, quality Afro-Centric programming to its target audience of children, between the ages of 4 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Openview Extends Content Protection Partnership With Nagra

Kudelski Group’s Nagra has announced that it has extended its content protection partnership with the South African FTA DTH services operator Openview. Nagra confirmed that its cardless content protection solutions would continue to secure eMedia, Openview’s free-to-view (FTV) satellite operations. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Risks Going Off-Air Over Electricity Debt -Reports

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and its group of outlets across Ghana risk going off-air if the company’s debt to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is not immediately paid up. The Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Yaw ...


Industry Forum  |  Broadcast And Telecoms Execs Explore OTT Content Streaming And On-Demand Solutions At Industry Forum

Global revenues from OTT content streaming and on-demand services are set to reach US$100billion by 2020. Industry players are currently in the best position to take part in this phenomenal growth with plenty of opportunities, especially in mobile and non-linear ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Ghana’s Broadcasting Bill To Be Presented To Parliament Next Year

Ghana’s new Broadcasting Bill is to be laid before the nation’s Parliament in January, next year. The law seeks to improve the falling standards in Ghana’s electronic media sector and ensure that it starts to embrace modern best practices. Ghana’s ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Kenya Considers Cheaper Internet Fees In Price War

Airtel Kenya is pondering over slashing the price of its data bundles in reaction to a similar move by market leader Safaricom, a move that has intensified the price war in Kenya’s telecommunication sector. Airtel Africa’s CEO Raghunath Mandava said ...


Internet Connectivity  |  Tanzania Signs Key Internet Connection Deal With Burundi

The Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL), which operates the Tanzanian National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB), is expanding its fibre optic connectivity to Burundi after the successful connection of some Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member-states. The US$5.9-million connection agreement to ...


Local Film  |  Netflix’s First Nollywood Film Disqualified From Oscars Consideration

Lionheart, Nigeria’s first-ever film submitted for Oscar consideration in the International Feature Film category, has been disqualified by the Oscars for not meeting the non-English dialogue quota, per the category’s requirements. The film that stars and is directed by Genevieve ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: New Media Regulations Spark Concerns Around Freedom Of Expression

Nigeria’s new media code that was established in July and approved by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari increases fines for media indecency, inciting of violence or hate speech to 5 million nairas (nearly $14,000) from the initial 500,000 nairas ($1,400). Nigeria ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Rwanda Seeks To Capitalise On Data From Satellite Investment

Patrick Nyirishema, the Director-General of the Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Authority (RURA), has accredited the increasing number of African nations taking on satellite projects to the low-cost of space technology. Speaking at the official reveal of the arrival of Rwanda’s ...


Regulation  |  Zimbabwe: POTRAZ Gives Green Light To Mobile Tariff Hikes

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has given the green light to an upward 95,39 percent data, voice and SMS tariff adjustment for both fixed and mobile network operators as previous tariffs were destroyed by severe inflationary ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Adds Cartoon Network And TNT To GOtv

WarnerMedia Africa, a channel provider of blockbuster movies and family entertainment for African fans, is expanding its entertainment offering. The channel provider has announced that it will be introducing Cartoon Network and TNT on MultiChoice’s pay-TV platform, GOtv. As from ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Apple Rolls Out Apple TV+ In South Africa

Apple has rolled out its streaming service in South Africa, costing $5.75. The service was launched on Friday, 1 November.  Apple TV+ will now compete directly with the likes of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and MultiChoice's Showmax. The company is ...


Telecom  |  Globacom Regains No.2 Spot In Nigeria With 2Million New Customers

Globacom’s subscriber base has increased its subscriber base with 2 million new users in Nigeria this September. The growth is said to be the largest in the country’s telecoms market, according to latest stats released by the Nigerian Communications Commission ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Nigeria: NigComSat Risks Losing $150 Million Chinese Loan -Reports

The dissolution of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will potentially cost the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) its $150 million Chinese loan. The abrupt change in the Federal Executive Council has affected the negotiation process ...


Telecom  |  MTN To Roll Out Child Online Protection Project

The MTN Group has confirmed its collaboration with NGO the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the rollout of a child online protection project. The operator claims to be very the first African telecoms firm to join forces with the IWF, ...


Local Content  |  MultiChoice Supports New, Original Productions For Showmax In Nigeria And South Africa …Kenya To Follow

African VoD platforms have quickly come and gone, and the survivors have been joined by leading international players such as Netflix. VoD platforms in Africa continue to face issues around bandwidth quality, behaviour change and data pricing. Showmax plans to ...


Internet TV  |  Israel: Pay-TV Operator Launches Internet TV Service In Middle East And North Africa

Israel’s pay-TV operator, Yes, has rolled out an Internet TV service called Yes +. The broadcaster, a division of the Bezeq of telco, said that it is moving from a satellite service provider to an internet-based service provider and would ...


Telecom  |  MTN South Africa Reports Decline In Subscribers -Report

Mobile operator MTN has reported a decline in its South African subscribers in a quarterly update for the period which ended on September 2019, citing exceptionally challenging trading conditions. Group subscribers, however, have increased quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) by 3.5 million to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Confirms Payment Plan To Clear Debt Owed To Local Artists

Thousands of composers and authors whose music is broadcast on SABC TV and radio can now rest assured that they will be receiving their royalty fees as the SABC begins to clear a massive backlog of debt. The SABC had ...


Industry Forum  |  “Converged Media Is Here, And Collaboration Is Key To Success” Say Executives At Broadcasters Convention Of Southern Africa In Livingstone, Zambia.

At the recently concluded Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa 2019 that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) on the 29th to 31st of October 2019 at the AHA David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Enhances Core Network In South Africa

Liquid South Africa said on Thursday that it had made enhancements to its core network that will offer customers “near-unlimited bandwidth capacity”. The upgrade has made its core network more reliable and scalable, it said in a statement. The upgrades ...


Film Making  |  Nigeria: Govt Seeks India’s Support For Nollywood Film Industry

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has called on the Indian Government to support Nigeria’s film industry with technology that will enhance the quality of films that are produced in the country. The Minister made the call ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Tanzania’s Kwanza Broadcasting Limited Set To Appeal Suspension

The management of Kwanza Broadcasting Limited in Tanzania is intending to appeal the suspension of Kwanza TV’s operations for six months by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). The regulator banned Kwanza online TV in September, this year, for airing ...


Content Services  |  DStv No Longer Canning Lifetime And History Channels

Yesterday MultiChoice announced that it would no longer be cancelling the Lifetime and History packages from its DStv platform. Earlier this month, the company had revealed that contracts with A+E Networks for the channels would come to an end at ...


Music Streaming  |  Playfre To Offer Music Streaming Service In 13 African Countries

Playfre, which launched on 1 May 2019, has announced plans to expand its reach across Africa. The music streaming platform will now be available in the following 13 African countries: Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Plans To Sell Network-Locked Smartphones

Vodacom is currently in the process of testing smartphones which are locked to its network, according to the Vodacom Consumer Business Unit Chief Officer Jorge Mendes. Speaking at a recent media event in Vodacom World, in South Africa, Mendes said ...


Telecom  |  Angola Telecom Leans Towards Privatisation

Recent plans to privatise Angola Telecom seem to be leaning towards realisation with the appointment of a new board for the struggling utility. A decree released earlier this month has named a five-person leadership team for the telecommunications company. This ...


Digital Migration  |  Togo Govt Passes Law To Fast-Track DTT Migration

Last week, Togo’s parliament approved the switch to digital terrestrial television, DTT, hence fast-tracking a procedure that was initiated a few years ago. The related law was passed in the presence of Togo’s Minister of Communications, Katari Foli-Bazi, who declared ...


Film Making  |  MultiChoice Talent Factory Rolls Out Two Feature Films Produced By Class Of 2018

MultiChoice Talent Factory has rolled out two original feature films, The Painting and Savannah Skies, produced entirely by the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy’s Class of 2018. The two films were recently aired on DStv’s Zambezi Magic (channel 162) –a channel ...


Telecom  |  North Africa’s Performance Strengthens Orange’s Bottom Line

The French telecommunications firm Orange Group has reported strong performance in its Africa and Middle East market, with a 7.6% growth, according to the company’s half-year financial results at 30 September 2019. Orange revenues increased by 0.8% year-on-year on a ...


 |  StarTimes Wraps Up Satellite Television Installation In 1000 Nigerian Villages

In its effort to get information through to the local communities, StarTimes has completed satellite television installations in 1000 villages across Nigeria. This project which would be maintained by StarTimes for five years in the various villages in Nigeria is ...


Telecom  |  MTN Implements Measures To Tackle Sophisticated Fraud Methods

MTN South Africa announced on Monday that it has implemented a wide range of measures to tackle fraud, including identity theft, illegal Sim swaps and number ports through which criminals try to get access to customers’ bank accounts. Criminals, the mobile ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: NBC To Start Analogue Switch Off In 2020

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission has reported that plans are underway to begin analogue switch off in six areas starting with Abuja, as from the next year. The commission also shared that a new Digital Switch-Over timeline would soon be released ...


Telecom  |  West African States Ink Free Roaming Agreement

Member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have signed an agreement which means that mobile subscribers will no longer incur roaming fees from January 2020. In preparation for this new development, the Communications Ministry in Ghana ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Reports 8.4 Percent Growth As It Restructures Africa Operations

Airtel Africa, the continent’s second-largest telecoms operator behind MTN recently announced its half-year results for the period that ended on 30 September 2019. The results are overall impressive, with some new developments for the East African market. According to the ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa’s SABC Secures Deal To Broadcast Rugby World Cup Final

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it will air the 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa. The public broadcaster said that it had made an agreement with SuperSport to screen the match live ...


Content Services  |  A+E Networks Attempting To Renegotiate Contract Renewal With MultiChoice - Reports

A+E Networks, which will see its set of popular channels including Lifetime, History and Crime+Investigation Network disappear from DStv at the end of October, is reportedly trying to negotiate a new deal with MultiChoice, according to insider sources. Furious DStv ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Arewa24 Launches All-Hausa Language Streaming Service In West Africa

The Hausa Language lifestyle and entertainment channel in Nigeria and West Africa, AREWA24, has revealed that it is launching “Arewa24On Demand,” a new “Over-the-Top” (OTT) and global subscription video-on-demand (“SVOD”) streaming service. The new offering will allow Hausa speakers in ...


Telecom  |  Zulu King To Rollout New Mobile Network In South Africa

King Goodwill Zwelithini plans to roll out a new mobile network in South Africa on 1 November. The mobile network will be called Bayede Mobile. Bayede is a Zulu salutation that translates to ‘all hail the king’, and is already ...


OTT Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Plans To Launch Streaming Service To Rival Netflix

SABC’s CEO Madoda Mxakwe has announced that South Africa’s public broadcaster plans to migrate to digital broadcasting platforms and roll out an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that will compete with international players such as Netflix. Mxakwe was speaking at a ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: NITDA Gives Green Light To NCC’s Regulation On Telcos

Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has revealed that it has approved the regulation of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on telecommunications operators, in line with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR). The Director-General of NITDA, Inuwa Kashifu, said ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Appoints New CEO

Kenya’s largest company by market value, Safaricom, has appointed Peter Ndegwa as its new CEO from 1 April 2020 in the midst of plans for regional expansion and rapidly rising competition in Kenya. Ndegwa currently manages Diageo’s operations in 50 countries ...


Film and Cinema  |  StarTimes And Kenya Film Commission Make Waves With New Voting App

The Kenya Film Commission has announced its new partnership with the Chinese media company, StarTimes. The partnership was announced ahead of the Kalasha International film awards, where voting for the shortlisted films during the public screening will be through the ...


Regulation  |  Uganda: UCC Proposes Revised Regulation Of OTT Services

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has suggested the improvement of regulation of over the top services (OTT) such as Twitter and Facebook to support investment in the sector. At the international preparatory meeting that was hosted recently by the UCC ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Copyright Commission Warns Cable Operators Against Illegal Broadcasting In Nigeria

The Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), John Asein, during a recent meeting with representatives of the Association of Cable Operators of Nigeria (ACON) in Abuja, Nigeria said that the NCC would not tolerate broadcast piracy in any form. ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Liquid Telecom Migrates To Solar Power

Liquid Telecom, Africa’s largest fibre company, has migrated to solar power in South Africa, a country where constant and recurrent power cuts shut businesses down temporarily earlier this year. Distributed Power Africa has installed a 1.2-megawatt solar plant by using ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria Suspends MTN’s Proposed USSD Access Fee

Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Communications Minister, has blocked a proposed move by MTN to charge users US$0.013 per four seconds for USSD access to mobile banking services. Pantami instructed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to suspend the proposed charge that was ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Namibia’s NBC Restores All Full Radio Services

Just one month after the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation revealed austerity measures and cut down on both TV and radio services in an effort to decrease costs, the broadcaster has now restored radio services fully. NBC’s spokesperson Umbi Karuaihe-Upi made this ...


Digital Migration  |  Africa’s Digital Gender Divide Is Increasing -Report

To promote the continent’s digital transformation agenda, the latest World Bank report estimates that Africa needs close to US$9 billion a year - to connect1.1 billion additional people online by 2030, especially youth and women. “A Digital Infrastructure Moonshot for ...


Content Services  |  M-Net Adds Another Local Dating Reality Show On DStv Platform

M-Net (DStv 101) has announced that it is adding yet another dating reality show, The Single Wives South Africa, in which widowed and divorced women get a possible second chance at finding true love. Following the second season of The Bachelor SA, ...


Mobile Money  |  Airtel Africa Collaborates With Ecobank To Boost Mobile Money Services

Airtel Africa and the African banking group Ecobank have entered into a partnership to provide Airtel Money and Ecobank customers with more access to mobile financial services throughout Africa. The contract, which is still subject to regulatory approval, will offer ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  43 Community Radio Stations Face Closure In South Africa

Over 40 community radio stations across South Africa are facing a shut down because of a lack of funding, licences and overwhelming amounts of debt. Thabang Pusoyabone, the Secretary for the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), said that community radio ...


Telecom  |  Orange Côte d'Ivoire Raises $120 Million To Expand Fibre Optic Network

Orange Côte d'Ivoire has raised approximately US$120-million in credit to boost its local fibre optic network interests. The credit arrangement is for a five-year period and to obtain the facility the operator joined forces with several banks including the Societe ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Govt Presses Forward With WebTv Licensing Despite Outcry -Reports

Nigeria’s Federal government has confirmed that it will go ahead with the licensing of online televisions, as the move will sanitise the country’s broadcast industry. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, made this revelation and also ...


Content Services  |  Kenya And China Ink Agreement To Broadcast Chinese TV Series

Kenya’s national broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-KBC has inked a partnership agreement with China’s National Radio and Television Administration to air a Chinese TV drama series, “Feather Flies to the Sky”, across Kenya. This move is geared towards promoting cultural exchanges ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Why Nigeria Is Ending DStv's Monopoly In Sports Broadcasting — Government Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has announced that the Nigerian government is determined to end all monopoly in broadcasting because it is detrimental to the immense potential in the industry. The minister said this yesterday (Sunday) at ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Nigerian Govt Orders NCC To Stop Illegal Deduction Of Data

Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, has ordered the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to address the burning issue of illegal deduction of data that is faced by network users in the country. Pantami gave this instruction during a visit by ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  NCA Denies Muting Free Speech By Shutting Down Radio Stations In Ghana

The National Communications Authority (NCA) in Ghana has rejected the claims by former President John Mahama that its decision to close down various radio stations stifles free speech. The Authority issued a statement saying that it was only carrying out ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  Eutelsat Guns For Ethiopia’s Telecom Sector

The French European Organization of Telecommunications by Satellite S.A. (Eutelsat) has indicated that it is interested in joining the Ethiopian telecommunications sector, just after the liberalization decision that was recently taken by the government. The Managing Director of Eutelsat in ...


Telecom  |  MTN South Africa Commits To Working With Struggling Cell C

MTN South Africa’s CEO Godfrey Motsa has announced that the company is committed to working with the struggling mobile operator Cell C. Speaking at the recent MyBroadband Conference that took place in Midrand, Johannesburg, Motsa noted that MTN would retain ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Financial Woes Cause SABC To Cancel ‘Top Billing’ After 23 Years

Saturday 19 October 2019 will see the abrupt end to one of the SABC’s last remaining top legacy brands with Top Billing on SABC3 that has been canned after 23 years with the South African public broadcaster that now can no longer ...


Content Services  |  ‘The Voice Kids’ To Launch In Nigeria

Nigeria is set to become the 40th country to broadcast a local version of the talent show ‘The Voice Kids’, after a local broadcaster, Fame TV, signed a deal with leading distributor Talpa Global. Fame TV has acquired the licence ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: FG To Spend $179 Million On Broadband Infrastructure

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that a total of $179 million will be spent on the laying of 127,000km of fibre optic throughout Nigeria in the next four years. Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, ...


ICT  |  Vodacom And Seacom Join Forces In African Network Venture

The pan-African service provider Seacom has joined forces with Vodacom Business Africa to launch the next chapter of both entities’ African network connectivity ventures. Since the rollout of its business division, Seacom reported that it has substantially grown its partnership ...


Telecom  |  Former ZOL CEO Joins Liquid Telecom SA

The former ZOL CCO and CEO Denny Marandure has left the company to start on a new journey at Liquid Telecom South Africa. Mr Marandure has been appointed as Liquid Telecom South Africa’s new Client Executive and will be responsible ...


Music Streaming  |  Boomplay To Venture Into Francophone Africa

Riding on its massive success in Nigeria and other Anglophone regions across Africa, Boomplay Music has announced that it will be expanding its music-streaming services to French-speaking countries on the African continent, four years after its launch in West Africa. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC News Channel Increases Market Share And Viewership -Reports

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said that it had increased the market share and viewership of its SABC News Channel (DSTV 404) from 34% last September to 38% in September 2019 on the DSTV pay-TV platform. The public broadcaster ...


Industry Forum  |  Broadcast Industry Heavy-Weights To Convene At Broadcasters Convention On 29 - 31 October In Livingstone, Zambia

With just two weeks to the industry’s anticipated Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa, the event organisers have reported that this will be an “unforgettable gathering” featuring a stellar line-up of the industry’s most senior executives.  The flagship industry convention will take place ...


Content Services  |  Supersport Makes Programming Changes Following A Fire At MultiChoice Building In South Africa

In South Africa, Johannesburg emergency services officials have started an investigation into the cause of a fire at the MultiChoice building in Randburg. The fire affected the technical wing of the building. The property was evacuated, and a number of ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Rwanda: President Concerned About Low Smartphone Penetration Rate

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has expressed concerns about the country’s low smartphone penetration rate and said that more would be done to fix the issues of quality and cost. In April this year, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) reported ...


Digital Migration  |  Lack Of Funding Delays Nigeria’s Digital Switch Over

Nigeria’s implementation of the Digital Switch Over (DSO) from analogue TV broadcasts has reportedly been delayed by the non-release of funds by the federal government to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).   This is despite the numerous advantages of ...


Content Services  |  BBC Studios Broadens Its Reach Across Africa

BBC Studios has revealed that it has licensed more than 800 hours of content to clients across Africa in the past six months; striking an agreement in the Seychelles, securing a massive package deal with a leading free-to-air broadcaster in ...


Content Services  |  A+E Networks Goes Under The Radar After MultiChoice Cancels Its Channels

A+E Networks has gone under the radar as MultiChoice has now put up Channel Termination notices across its DStv electronic TV guide (EPG), with A+E Networks Africa declining to speak to the media after channel carriage negotiations with the leading ...


Pay TV  |  Discovery Channel Opens To More DStv Viewers This Month

DStv Compact and Compact Plus customers are in for a treat this month as Discovery Channel (DStv 121) has rolled out an “open window” allowing them to have access to the channel. The open window for the premium channel started on ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Malawi Govt Withdraws Mobile Money Tax

Joseph Mwanamvekha, Malawi's honourable Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has confirmed the Malawian government's withdrawal of the 1%withholding tax that had been imposed on mobile money transactions. Mawanamvekha said that although this measure is in line with the ...


Telecom  |  Helios Towers IPO Expected To Price At Bottom Of Guided Range -Reports

Helios Towers Ltd stock is likely to price at 115 pence apiece in the London stock exchange before its listing, the bottom end of the range, bringing proceeds of approximately $360 million, according to reports. The company was initially looking ...


Telecom  |  MTN Announces New CEO In Ivory Coast

The MTN Group has appointed Djibril Ouattara as its new Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ivory Coast, effective from the 1st of November 2019. According to a statement issued by the mobile operator, the appointment follows the recent departure of ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  BON Acting Chairman -Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa, Appointed Member Of Nigeria NBC Reform Committee

The Acting Chairman of BON and CEO of Gospell Digital Technology, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa, has been appointed as a member of the Nigeria NBC Reform Committee By the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The chosen committee consists ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Nigeria: NCC Calls On Telcos To Monitor And Record Calls On Networks

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered telecom operators in the country, to monitor and record calls and other communications that pass through their networks. NCC said this was to curb the rising security risks in the country, especially offences ...


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa’s SABC And SAFA To Re-Negotiate Partnership -Reports

On 11 October 2019, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Group CEO Madoda Mxakwe revealed that the long-standing relationship with the South African Football Association (SAFA) would soon be back on track.  The SABC confirmed that negotiations with SAFA were ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Faces Potential Music Boycott

The SABC’s financial woes have not only affected its ability to air local sports on its TV channels, but the public broadcaster has also short-changed many South African musicians. Earlier this year, South Africa’s Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams announced that ...


Telecom  |  MTN Celebrates 25th Anniversary With 95% 4G Coverage In South Africa

The pan-African mobile operator MTN this week announced that it had reached 95% 4G coverage in South Africa. MTN said that it had focused mainly on extending connectivity reach, while also transforming its pricing methodology to adapt to the rapidly ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Malawi Slapped With $1.1 Million Fine

Airtel Malawi has been ordered to pay a $1.1 million fine for failing to sell 20 percent of the company’s shares to Malawian investors. The Director-General of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), Godfrey Itaye announced the news about the fine ...


Film and Cinema  |  Creator Of New Nigerian Animated Movie Advocates For Diversity In Nollywood

Nigeria’s new animated movie – Malika Warrior Queen - made its big-screen debut recently at the 8th annual Lagos Comic-Con. Set in a backdrop of fifteenth-century West Africa, the short film tells the tale of a queen and military commander, ...


Mobile Money  |  Airtel Africa Joins Forces With Mastercard In Mobile Money Deal

Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecoms and mobile money services, has announced a collaboration with Mastercard, the giant technology company in the worldwide payments industry, that will give more than100 million Airtel Africa cellphone users in 14 African countries ...


Telecom  |  Cell C Rolls Out SMME Start-Up Initiative In South Africa

The South African mobile network Cell C, along with Seda, has rolled out the Cell C Innovation Challenge to assist disadvantaged SMMEs in accelerating their solutions through a partnership opportunity – including mentorship, interest-free loans and ultimately, the opportunity to ...


Regulation  |  ATCON Calls For No Tax On GSM, Cable TV Subscriptions In Nigeria

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the umbrella organisation for telecoms companies in Nigeria has called for the federal government to drop the bill seeking to collect communication services tax (CST or levy) on fees payable by the ...


Live-Streaming  |  South Africa: Viu Secures Live-Streaming Deal With eMedia Investments

The entertainment streaming service, Viu, has announced that it has a new addition on its offering. The service has revealed that it will now be live-streaming Openview's News & Sports (channel 120), in collaboration with eMedia Investments. The collaboration will ...


Regulation  |  South Africa’s Film And Publication Board Guns For Netflix -Reports

South Africa’s Film and Publication Board (FPB) has announced that the newly passed Films and Publications Amendment Bill will allow it to take action against distributors who don’t comply with its regulations. While it doesn’t name Netflix directly, the international ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Ghana: Public Electricity Firm, EGC, To Deploy Fibre

The Public energy company, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has announced that it intends to venture into telecommunications and internet service provision. ECG’s Managing Director Samuel Boakye-Appiah said that the company would use its network to install fibre in collaboration ...


Local Content  |  South Africa: Showmax Filming Second Local Original Comedy Series

Filming began on Monday in Johannesburg on Woke in Progress, Showmax’s second Original scripted comedy series for MultiChoice’s video-on-demand (SVOD) service. MultiChoice’s Connected Video department announced that it had acquired Woke in Progress as its second comedy series after Tali’s Wedding Diary, and its ...


Music Streaming  |  Nigerian Music Distribution Service, Songroute, To Allow Artists To Share Songs To Radio Stations

The Nigerian music-streaming and distribution service Songroute has rolled out two new features that will allow artists to share their music directly to blogs and radio stations. Owned by the African music streaming service provider Playfre; Songroute was launched in ...


Showcase Interview  |  “Monetisation Of Broadcast Content Via E-commerce - The Profitable Way To Go” – Kenny Tonga, President - Media Owners of Zambia

Kenny Tonga, the President of the Media Owners Association of Zambia (MOAZ), says that e-commerce is one of the most profitable options for the monetisation of content in Africa’s digital broadcasting space. Mr Kenny Tonga, in a conversation with Broadcast Media Africa ...


Company  |  South Africa: Competition Commission Approves Sale Of Tiso Blackstar’s Broadcast And Content Business

A proposed transaction of over $66 billion whereby the Lebashe Investment Group would buy the Tiso Blackstar Group (TBG SA) as well as the Target Group should be approved soon without conditions. This was the recommendation that was made to ...


Data Services  |  Data Takes The Lead As Voice Takes A Dive In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s fixed phone connection lines are now rapidly being used for data connectivity, with data revenue exceeding fixed phone voice telephony income, according to the latest report issued by the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). The state-owned ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Launches Free Ad-Funded Mobile Internet Service In South Africa

Vodacom has launched free internet service that is powered by Upstream’s Zero-D connectivity platform to its mobile users in South Africa.  Since this new development, the telco has seen a massive uptake with approximately 55 percent of its subscriber base already actively engaging ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC To Receive $139 Million Cash Injection From Government

Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, South Africa’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has announced that the SABC would receive $139 million from the Government on Monday, October 7, 2019. On Friday, the Minister briefed the press on the funding allocation to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  E.TV Ghana Celebrates 10 Years Of Operations In Ghana

e.TV Ghana is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its operations in Ghana. Nosisa Doe, the Programmes Manager of e.TV Ghana in a short documentary that was aired on e.TV Ghana, told the story of how e.TV Ghana had started in ...


Telecom  |  Ethiopia Appoints A Privatisation Advisor For Ethio Telecom

Ethiopia has reportedly appointed a transaction advisor to assist in the privatisation process for the state-run Ethio Telecom, and another advisor will be selected in the coming weeks to oversee the licensing process in the telecoms sector, according to a ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Shuts Down DStv Select Package

Many DStv customers will lose access to the kykNET and Mzansi Magic channels. MultiChoice, in turn, is at the risk of losing DStv subscribers altogether after the pay-TV operator told subscribers that it would be shutting down its two DStv ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Ethiopia Launches Its First Dedicated TV Platform, Ethiosat

Ethiosat – the first-ever dedicated Ethiopian TV platform has been rolled out in Ethiopia to host the nation’s most popular local channels. This has been made possible by deals made between the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), the Association of Ethiopian ...


Content Services  |  New Talent-Search Reality TV Show To Be Launched In South Africa

South Africans will soon witness an epic battle between wanna-be preachers live on TV. The production house, Zallywood, is currently doing trials around Gauteng to find talented preachers for an upcoming talent show, ‘Calling The Called’. The Director of Zallywood, ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Loses Over $46Mil In East Africa -Reports

Airtel Tanzania’s losses decreased to $15.94 million last year from the $47.1 million loss in 2017, according to the telecommunication firm’s financials. Despite the improvement in performance, the loss still increased Airtel’s accumulated losses in Tanzania to a staggering $436.6 ...


Content Services  |  DStv And GOtv To Rollout Nollywood Stars Pop-Up Channel In Nigeria

Africa Magic is making this October one to remember with the return of the much-loved Africa Magic Nollywood Stars Pop-Up Channel on GOtv and DStv.   The Pop-Up Channel will launch on Sunday, 6 October and run until Wednesday, 6 ...


Content Services  |  DStv To Cut Three Popular Channels Across Africa

DStv recently announced that it would be cutting three favourite channels from its network at the end of October – Lifetime, History and Crime + Investigation. These three channels have been enjoyed by DStv Premium as well as DStv Compact ...


Telecom  |  Outcry As Telcos Across Africa Hike Communications Service Tax

Pulse reported yesterday that as from the 1st October 2019, mobile phone users in Ghana started paying 3% more on Communication Service Tax.   In Nigeria, citizens are fighting against the same Bill that seeks to impose and collect communication ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Kenya: Safaricom Increases Internet Share, Challenges Zuku’s Dominance

The latest industry data report by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) covering up to June shows that Safaricom increased its share of Kenya’s fixed Internet market to 32.7 percent over the last financial year- its highest in two years‑ ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s SABC Appoints New COO

The SABC has appointed the businessman Ian Plaatjies as its new Chief Operations Officer. He will begin operating in his new role on 1 November. Plaatjies’ appointment was made public through an official media release on Wednesday 2 October. The ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Vodacom’s Video Play Rolls Out Educational Content On-Demand

Vodacom’s video on demand platform Video Play has rolled out a substantial selection of educational content for children and young adults ranging from science, mathematics and coding, in fun and easy to understand formats that engage kids across the age ...


Mobile Money  |  Zimbabwe’s Central Bank Shuts Down Eco-Cash’s Mobile Money Cash Options

In Zimbabwe, mobile money “cash-in” and “cash-out” options have reportedly been killed off by the government, because the authorities have concluded that the functions are being abused. Zimbabwean mobile money agents, mainly with the EcoCash platform, are said to have ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria’s Telcos Soon To Do Away With SIM Card Swap

Telecommunications operators in Nigeria and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have agreed to get rid of the SIM swap system in the telecommunications space over the next few months, according to information gathered by Nigeria Communicationsweek. Samuel Okojere, the Director ...


Broadcasting Services  |  "Most South Africans No Longer Pay Their TV Licences" -SABC

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) delivered its 2018/19 annual report in parliament on Monday (30 September), announcing that the national broadcaster is technically insolvent. The SABC reported a massive loss of $31.4 mil for the year that ended in ...


Showcase Interview  |  “Distribution Of Broadcast Content Is Cost-Efficient Today Because Of Satellite Technology”–Christoph Limmer, Eutelsat

Christoph Limmer, the Senior Vice President for Global Business Development, Video at Eutelsat, says that the distribution of TV content has never been as cost-efficient for broadcasters as it currently is, and it’s all thanks to satellite technology. Mr Christoph ...


Regulation  |  Tanzania’s TCRA Threatens To Disconnect 39 Million Mobile Phone Subscribers

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has threatened to disconnect more than 39 million mobile phone subscribers who still have not registered their SIM cards via the country’s compulsory biometric system by 31st December 2019. According to the Tanzanian regulator, ...


Regulation  |  Regulator Cancels Licence Of Vodafone Franchise Holder In Zambia

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority has released a statement announcing that Vodafone Zambia would cease to operate as from 20 October 2019.  Zambia’s communications regulator said on Thursday last week that it had cancelled the licence for Vodafone’s ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe’s Information And Broadcasting Ministry Requires $691m

Zimbabwe’s Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Ministry revealed that it needs $691,3 million for the 2020 fiscal year in order to fulfil its national mandate that includes modernising the media space and making sure that the local and international public ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zambia: ZNBC Director-General Richard Mwanza To Leave His Post

The Director-General of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Richard Mwanza is to leave the national broadcaster this week following the expiration of his contract. The Board that is led by Mulenga Kapwepwe did not renew Mwanza’s contract, which expired ...


Telecom  |  Cell C In Negotiations With MTN For More Network In South Africa -Reports

Cell C is reportedly in advanced talks with MTN to receive more access to its network as South Africa’s third-biggest telco strives to overcome its mounting losses and add new products such as financial services. Cell C’s Chief Executive Officer, ...


Pay TV  |  AzamTV Uganda Decreases Subscription Fees

AzamTV Uganda has applied some significant price cuts to its kits and will also be giving free subscriptions to its existing customers following persistent calls by both customers and its agents for more affordable subscription and kit fees. The new ...


Digital TV  |  Burkina Faso: Private TV Stations To Pay $125,777 Annually To Air On DTT Platform

In Burkina Faso, private televisions have been notified that they will have to pay 75 million CFA francs (US$ 125,777) of annual fees in order to broadcast their programs on the DTT platform. Discussions have reportedly been going on for ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya And Airtel Merger Misses 27 September Deadline

The planned merger of Telkom Kenya and Airtel and is hanging in jeopardy as an investigation by the anti-corruption watchdog carries on beyond the completion deadline that had been agreed upon by the two companies, according to Business Daily. They ...


Digital Technology  |  Gospell Digital Technology Nigeria Sets Out To Advance Nigeria’s Digital Migration

Gospell Digital Technology Limited (GOSPELL) is a leading quality Digital TV, OTT and household entertainment manufacturing company based in Nigeria. GOSPELL was among the pioneer companies licensed by The Federal Government of Nigeria via the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Cell C Reveals A $532Million Loss Over The Last Year

The South African mobile operator, Cell C’s latest financial results make for grim reading. Released earlier this week, Cell C has declared a net loss, after tax, of $532 million. That’s a sizeable increase from the $43 million in net ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Rolls Out Tozali TV In Nigeria’s Northern States

StarTimes subscribers in Nigeria will now experience Tozali TV, a lifestyle TV channel with rich cultural entertainment shows in English and Hausa. Joshua Wang, the Managing Director of StarTimes, announced this at the signing of the deal with Tozali TV ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  MainOne Introduces New Datacentre In Ghana

MainOne, the connectivity and datacentre solutions provider, has announced the construction of its new MDXi datacentre in Accra Ghana saying that it is a significant part of its ongoing West African growth strategy. According to a statement released by the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  NBC Issues Fines To 45 Stations For Violating Nigeria’s Broadcast Code

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanctioned no less than 45 broadcasting stations which allegedly violated its code in the second quarter of 2019, according to the Commission’s Director-General, Mallam Ishaq Kawu. Kawu announced this at a recent news conference ...


Telecom  |  Zamtel Initiates Network Modernisation Plan To Avoid Regulator Conflict

The Zambian mobile phone operator Zamtel has started a network modernisation project across Lusaka in an effort to improve the quality of service and also avoid prosecution by the Zambia Information and Communication Authority (ZICTA). ZICTA has on two separate ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Namibia’s NBC Turns Off Two More Private TV Channels On Digital Broadcasting Platform -Reports

Earlier this month, Namibia’s national broadcaster NBC announced that it would be executing severe job cuts because of financial crisis. The crisis began in December 2018 when the Government announced a policy decision to cut state spending and cut NBC’s ...


Content Services  |  Jawwy TV Rolls Out New Comedy Series In North Africa

Intigral, a leading provider of digital sports, entertainment, and related solutions in the Middle East and North Africa, has launched its brand new comedy series ‘Celebrity Studio’ (Studio Al Mashaher) on its popular online platform ‘Jawwy TV’. After the high ...


5G  |  NCC Clears Key Radio Spectrum Frequencies For 5G Licencing

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced it is reserving the 26, 38 and 42 GigaHertz (GHz) spectrum frequencies for the mobile broadband licencing of fifth-generation (5G).   5G is the latest form of cellular technology, engineered to increase the ...


Telecom  |  Zim Govt Says Tax On Mobile Money Transactions Will Remain -Reports

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said that the 2% tax on electronic and mobile money transactions would remain in place despite a recent High Court ruling against the legal instrument behind the levy. The intermediate levy on electronic transactions in ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Welcomes Back African Movie Channel’s AMC Series

Almost a year after the African Movie Channel’s AMC Series channel left StarTimes, it has announced its return following a new deal that was signed in August with StarTimes. The international pay-TV operator African Movie Channel (AMC) has now re-launched ...


Telecom  |  NITDA Investigates True Caller Over Possible Breach Of Privacy Rights In Nigeria

The National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has started an investigation into a potential violation of the privacy rights of Nigerians by the Truecaller Service.   In a statement, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Agency, said ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Namibia: One Africa TV Secures VOD Deal

One Africa TV (OATV) has secured a live streaming and video-on-demand deal with TV2Africa.com to take its diverse and vibrant content beyond the boundaries of traditional media. Stefan Hugo, the CEO of OATV, said that viewers could now also enjoy ...


Showcase Interview  |  “Regulatory Intervention Should Be Geared Towards Growing Africa’s Broadcast Industry” – Bathopi Luke, Director of Broadcasting Regulation -BOCRA

Bathopi Luke, the Director of Broadcasting Regulation at Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), says that broadcasters in Africa need to stop looking to industry regulators solely for command and control. Mr Bathopi Luke, responding to questions from Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), ...


Film and Cinema  |  Ghana Selects The Film 'Azali' For First-Ever Oscar Submission

Ghana has chosen Kwabena Gyansah's Azali as its first-ever submission for the international feature film award at the 2020 Oscars. Starring the brilliant Asana Alhassan in her debut role, the movie follows the journey of 14-year-old Amina from a North-Ghanaian village to ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria’s Telcos Rake In Billions In Revenue From Airtime Sales In August

Telecom subscribers in Nigeria reportedly spent at least N261billion ($722mil) on airtime in August, according to figures provided by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The monthly subscriber data taken from NCC also showed that there were no less than 174.668m ...


Telecom  |  Malawi Introduces Tax On Mobile Money Transactions

Joseph Mwanamvekha, Malawi’s Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has caused a public outcry by approving a 1% withholding tax on all mobile money transactions in Malawi. In his recent national budget speech, presented to parliament, Mwanamvekha said that ...


Radio Spectrum  |  ICASA Finally Edges Towards Spectrum Allocation In South Africa

South Africa is finally making its way towards the much-awaited allocation of high-demand spectrum, with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) revealing that a document containing licencing criteria would be released by the end of the year. The ...


Telecom  |  Cash-Strapped Vodafone Zambia Announces Sale

Mobile Broadband Limited, trading as Vodafone Zambia, has announced the formal sale of the firm following inability by its shareholders to inject more capital to revitalize operations. According to reports, the struggling network gave out an invitation of bids to ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Francophone West Africa Gets A Satellite TV Boost

The media content distributor ViewMedia is planning to roll out a new digital broadcast platform for francophone West Africa using the AMOS-17 satellite. The owner of the satellite, Spacecom, also operates the AMOS satellite fleet. AMOS-17 is located above Africa, ...


Telecom  |  Telekom Networks Malawi Positions Mobile Money Division As Independent Firm

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has confirmed that it has positioned its mobile money division Mpamba as an independent entity and has appointed Chikhulupilito Mpatso to lead the venture as General Manager. The Board Chairman of Mpamba Michiel Buitelaar said that ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa’s SABC Secures Deal To Bring Some Rugby World Cup Games To Radio

The SABC will be broadcasting a few “select” Rugby World Cup matches — but only on radio stations. The confirmation that was issued by the national public broadcaster on Friday comes just a week after it had said that it ...


Telecom  |  MTN Launches Fixed-LTE To Rival Telkom In South Africa

The MTN-owned ISP Supersonic recently rolled out its new fixed-LTE products across South Africa, which have been made available on a 24-month contract or a month-to-month basis. The ISP reportedly aims to compete with Telkom by offering subscribers month-to-month fixed-LTE ...


Radio Spectrum  |  NCC Threatens To Imprison Illegal Users Of 5.4GHz Frequency Band In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to imprison and fine companies who illegally occupy the 5.4GHz frequency band in Nigeria. The Commission has gone as far as saying that it will even confiscate equipment being used by some of ...


Telecom  |  Regulator Intervenes In Liberia’s Telecoms Price War

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has announced that it is intervening in an ongoing price war involving the telecoms operators LonestarCell MTN and Orange. The conflict is reported to have started back in 2012 with the ex-owner of Orange, Cellcom ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Offers Empowerment-Scheme Shareholders Access To Its Group Assets

The Pay-TV operator MultiChoice revealed on Monday that it intends to offer its black investors in the Phuthuma Nathi empowerment scheme shares in the company.  As a significant part of its broad-based black economic empowerment (B-B-BEE) movement, MultiChoice sold shares ...


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, ...