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Satellite Services  |  SES and Canal+ Extends Distribution Capacity Agreement

Vivendi's Canal+ and SES say they have inked a number of long-term agreements that will see to it that the PayTV broadcaster is supported by SES satellite capacity across three regions.   According to Jacques du Puy, Chief executive officer ...


Content Streaming Services  |  South Africa: DStv's Netflix Deal In Abeyance, As It Goes Under Investigation

The South African Competition Commission has started an investigation into the planned deal between Multichoice and global streaming platforms, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, to see if and how it could breach the country's competition rules and regulations.   Under ...


Acquisitions  |  Whispers Of Potential Takeover Of Multichoice By Groupe Canal+ Strengthen

Following the announcement that Groupe Canal+, the giant France based media conglomerate, has acquired additional Multichoice shares - holding now increased to 12 from 6.5 per cent - talk in the analysts and experts circles is whether a takeover of ...


Industry Forum  |  INTELSAT and BMA Collaborates To Explore The Reshaping Of Africa's Broadcasting Industry

INTELSAT, the global media infrastructure provider giant collaborates with Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) to present a major virtual industry forum to explore how Africa's Broadcasting industry is being reshaped and the alignments that would take place in the post-Covid-19 environment. ...


Data Infrastructure  |  Liquid Telecom To Build "Largest Datacentre Outside SA" In Lagos - Nigeria

Liquid Telecom Group has indicated that construction is now underway in Lagos, Nigeria, for what the Group's executive chairman, Strive Masiyiwa has described as "the largest datacentre on the continent outside of South Africa".   Masiyiwa said that the investment ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: BON Goes To Lock Horns With Regulator Over #EndSARS Broadcasts

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) - the umbrella body for most public and privately owned broadcast stations in Nigeria - has expressed regret and disagreement with the actions taken by Nigeria's broadcast industry regulator - the National Broadcasting Commission's ...


Broadband Infrastructure  |  Benin: ISP Isocel Gets EUR 6M To Drive Network Expansion

Isocel, a Benin-based ISP is reported to have secured a 6 million Euros credit line to build out and expand its fibre optic network to new locations in the country, starting from the greater Cotonou area. The funding facilities is ...


Appointment  |  MTN Nigeria Get A New CEO - Karl Toriola

The MTN Group has announced a shake-up of its top management executives with the announcement of Mr Karl Toriola as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Nigeria - its largest market operation. Karl is taking over from Ferdi ...


Industry Forum  |  NFVF Partners BMA To Spotlight Primacy Of Audience Data For Films And Video Content Performance

#DataInsightForFilmVideoSA To succeed in today’s fragmented film and video services environment, industry players must not only have access to accurate audience measurement and data, but they must also possess the ability to demonstrate, in great details and granularity, the relationships ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice And SAFA Enters Long-Term Relationship To Promote SA Football

Multichoice South Africa and the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) have, according to their press announcements, entered a ground-breaking five-year-long arrangement that will see Multichoice assisting with the promotion and championing South Africa football.   As part of this arrangement, ...


Broadband Infrastructure  |  Nigeria: Telecom Regulator Confident To Reach 70% Broadband Target By 2025

The head of Nigeria's telecommunication industry regulatory agency, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta have said the country is making massive stride with its broadband journey and is on course to achieving a seventy per cent national broadband ...


Content Streaming Services  |  SABC To Launch Own Streaming Service By Early 2021

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is finalising plans to bring out its own streaming platform and services in the early part of 2021. Confirming this, Ms Mmoni Seapolelo, a SABC spokesperson, told Channel24 that: "The SABC can confirm that ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Netflix Shares Take A Tumble As Demand Goes South!

Shares in Netflix - global streaming giant - experienced a massive sell-off during Wednesday trading after the company reported that it would miss its projections for subscribers, engendering new uncertainty about its ability to sustain current growth trajectory as competition ...


Telecom Services  |  Liberia: New Mobile Network Operating License Issued To 'Libtelco'

The Liberian government-owned 'Liberia Telecommunications Corporation' (Libtelco) has been awarded the third mobile network operating license to provide voice, data and mobile internet services to its citizens. The permit was granted by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA). Orange Liberia and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Set To Shed About 600 Jobs, Workers Union To Sue

As the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is set to cull upwards of six hundred staffers from its current staff roll, the union that is representing workers at the national broadcaster has threatened to go to court or go on ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC: Signal Distribution Costs Unsustainable, Asking To Explore Alternatives

Ian Plaatjes, the chief operating officer of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has warned that the public broadcaster cannot continue to pay billions of Rands (Hundreds on million in US dollars) to its government-owned signal distribution partner Sentech.   ...


Telecom  |  Telecoms: MTN and Vodacom Are The Most Powerful Brands In Africa

A recent report from Brand Finance Africa has indicated that two South African companies, MTN and Vodacom, have the most impactful brands on the continent, with the MTN brand rated the most valuable, and Vodacom the strongest.   Brand Finance ...


Football Broadcast  |  Broadcast Rights: Infighting Within Kenya Football Brings StarTimes Deal Into Question

A tussle over football TV broadcasting rights seems to be on in Kenya with reported infighting between the defunct Kenya Premier League (KPL) and the  Football Kenya Federation (FKF), with the uncertain outcome having a foreboding impact on the PayTV ...


Spectrum Management  |  Nigeria: Telecoms Regulator To "FastTrack" Spectrum Licencing To Facilitate New Technologies

The Nigerian telecommunications industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has pledged its deep-seated committed to accelerating the adoption and use of new technologies in the country, and have declared that it is willing to fast-track the issuance of spectrum licenses ...


Appointment  |  Multichoice Makes Many New Top-Level Executive Appointments

Industry media in South Africa have widely reported that Multichoice, the largest PayTV company on the continent, has announced wide-ranging slate appointments across its key top-level executive positions.   According to the reporting, Nyiko Shiburi has been appointed as new ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes To Exclusively Broadcast UEFA Europa League In Sub-Saharan Africa Till 2021

UEFA and StarTimes have agreed the Africa's PayTV company will be broadcasting, exclusively, its Europa League competition across the sub-Saharan Africa region until the end of 2021.   StarTimes, the satellite broadcaster has been accorded the exclusive rights to broadcast ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Econet Launches' Ubiquitous' Wi-Fi Access Network Across East Africa

Econet announced that it has launched a network of Wi-Fi wireless access platform to provide people with affordable internet access in Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda and Uganda. This is being achieved through a collaborative partnership with value-chain stakeholders.   Promoted through ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC: PayTV Platforms Might Have To Pay To Carry Broadcaster Content

If the new proposals been pushed by the government of South Africa becomes a reality, PayTV platform such as Multichoice DStv might be obliged to pay for the "must-carry" content and channels from the country's public broadcaster - the South ...


Pay TV  |  Satellite Broadcasters Are Unlike Telcos And Cannot Do Pay-As-You-Go, Says Multichoice Nigeria CEO

John Ugbe, the chief executive officer of Multichoice in Nigeria, has reiterated that implementing a Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) billing model was both technically and commercially herculean for his organisation.   Addressing a group of Nigerian lawmakers, the Multichoice chief said PayTV ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Govt.'s Proposals May 'Force' DStv To Offer More Free-To-Air Sports Channel

Reporting by the South African technology and media website is saying that the country's Department of Communications and Digital Technologies is asking ICASA (the industry regulator) to review the regulatory requirements for sports broadcasting with the aim of 'forcing' Multichoice ...


Telecom Services  |  MTN Ghana Withdraws From "Significant Market Player" Lawsuit

MTN Ghana - the country's leading telecom networks and services provider -  said, earlier this week, that it had withdrawn the court case application made to the Ghana's Supreme Court against the National Communications Authority of Ghana (NCA) - the ...


Content Production  |  International: ViacomCBS Networks International Makes Diversity Key Production Criteria

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) is pursuing a new aggressive 'diversity-in-production' policy with the announcement that henceforth, all commissioned production will have to demonstrate they have genuine diversity in their team before the commission can go ahead.   VCNI says that ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: New Laws Proposed To Strengthen The Public Broadcaster - SABC

A new Broadcasting Act designed to enhance the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and revamp the dynamics of the "TV Licence". The new Act is being proposed by the South Africa Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.   A recent ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Telkom South Africa To Launch Own Video Streaming Platform

Telkom, a large provider of wireline and wireless telecommunications services in  South Africa, has announced it is launching its video-on-demand (VOD) streaming platform. Named "TelkomONE", it is set to be launched on the 30th November 2020. According to the Telkom ...


Appointment  |  Deon Geyser Appointed New Chief Executive Of Liquid Telecom SA

Liquid Telecom South Africa said it had appointed Mr Deon Geyser as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment will be effective from 01 January 2021. He will be taking over from Reshaad Sha who is moving on to within ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Vodacom Secures Interim Legal Win In The Lesotho Licence Battle

With regards to the ongoing battle in the Kingdom of Lesotho between Vodafone and the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) involving the latter revocation of the former's operating licence, it seems that the telecommunications company have won a temporary legal reprieve. ...


Telecom  |  Cell C To Go-Ahead With Job Cuts After Union Loses Court Case

South Africa's telco, Cell C, has confirmed its intention to proceed with its planned job retrenchment exercise after a Johannesburg Labour Court ruled against the injunction application brought by the Information Communication Technology Union (ICTU).   The ICTU has filed ...


Content Distribution  |  Multichoice Studios Aims For Middle East Market With MENA.TV Deal

South Africa's Multichoice Studios has reportedly agreed with the Middle Eastern TV content market place, Mena.TV to offer its content to potential buyers from the Middle East.   According to industry analysts, TV Content Marketplace of the Middle East and ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Vodacom Goes To Court To Fight Lesotho's Licence Cancellation

Following the revocation of it unified licence by the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA), Vodacom is reported to have headed to the Courts to challenge the regulator's decision and action, and to seek urgent review and redress therefore.   On Thursday ...


Streaming Services  |  YouTube Asks Artists To Apply For A Share Of US$100 Million Black Voices Fund

YouTube is asking content creators and artists across Africa to tap into the available grants from its US 100 million dollars Black Voices Fund. The fund was launched to support black artists and creators of content and help them promote ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Loses Unified Licence To Operate In Lesotho

Vodacom's operating license in the kingdom of Lesotho has been revoked, according to a notice released by the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA). The LCA said it had revoked Vodacom's licence because the mobile operator missed the deadline of October 7th ...


Content Distribution  |  International: ViacomCBS International Studios Launches Distribution Arm

The division of ViacomCBS Network International (VCNI) responsible for generating original content, ViacomCBS International Studios has announced it is forming a unified business structure and the creation of a distribution arm - "ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution". The distribution arm, according ...


Sports Rights  |  Multichoice SuperSport Gets Broadcast Right To Ethiopian League Matches

Broadcast rights to the Ethiopian Premier League have been acquired by SuperSport - the sports broadcasting arm of the Pay-Tv giant, SuperSport. The league, which is Ethiopia's top association football division with sixteen teams will see its matches carried by ...


Telecom Investments  |  Nigeria: Telco Regulator Delighted At Results From MTN's Market Listing

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has expressed delight that it was instrumental to the listing of MTN Nigeria on the country's stock exchange, which according to the commission executive chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, "has continued to bring economic ...


Sports Rights  |  Africa TV Rights For German Bundesliga Games To Be Distributed By An Agent - Sportfive!

Custodians of the German premier football property - the Bundesliga - have announced that it will be working with the agency Sportfive to help it distribute selected free-to-air TV rights in Africa for the next three seasons.   Bundesliga International ...


Content Distribution  |  StarTimes Partners To Roll-Out Another Nollywood Channel, PBO TV

StarTimes have announced it is in partnership with the Nollywood production company Big Idea Mediaworks to bring to its platform another Nollywood-content focused TV channel, PBO TV.   The new channel, promoted as "providing premium entertainment to everyone" will offer ...


Cinema  |  South Africa: Cinema Chain Ster-Kinekor Theatres Appoints Acting CEO

In preparedness for the imminent departure of Mr Ryan Williams, the erstwhile Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African cinema chain Ster-Kinekor Theatres, the company has announced the appointment of Motheo Matsau as its new acting CEO.   Matsau ...


Acquisitions  |  Canal+ Acquires Additional Shareholding In Multichoice Group!

The French media company Canal+ (or Groupe Canal+ SA) has acquired more stakeholding in Multichoice Group by buying another 1.5 per cent shares in the company bringing its total stake in the African media conglomerate to 6.5 per cent.   ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Radio: DAB/DAB+ Is Up Across Europe And Asia-Pacific As Interest Grows In Africa

The latest market report from the WorldDAB showed that by the end of the second quarter (Q2) of 2020, the sales of its receivers in Europe and Asia-Pacific had reached 93 million.   The report said that "DAB is now ...


Film Making  |  42nd Edition Of Cairo International Film Festival To Take Place 2nd - 10th December

Organisers of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) have announced that the 42nd edition of the festival will now take place from the 2nd - 10th December with the 'Cairo Industry Day' happening on the 4th - 7th and the ...


Spectrum Allocation  |  Spectrum: SA's Regulator To Start Receiving Invitation-To-Apply For IMT Licences Friday 2nd October

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has said it is to start receiving applications for licences to its "high-demand" IMT spectrum and the wholesale open-access network (WOAN) from Friday 02 October 2020. The development is a piece of ...


Content Streaming Services  |  We Are A Content Catalogue, Supplier And Platforms Rolled In One - Says Multichoice Content Chief

Aletta Alberts, often referred to as the queen of content at Multichoice has said that in her own opinion, the satellite TV behemoth serves as a content catalogue, supplier and platform all rolled into one.   Speaking during an interview ...


Football Broadcast  |  StarTimes Secures Seven-Year Deal To Broadcast Kenya's Football League Matches

StarTimes, the Chinese-owned satellite TV company with extensive operations across Africa has announced a seven-year contract with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to broadcast live the local premier league matches. The deal is set to start from the 2020/21 season. ...


Film Festival  |  Cannes Film Festival Host Special Edition In October, Confirms Dates For 2021

Organisers of the annual Cannes Film Festival have announced a three-day "special" physical event to be held on the 27th - 29th October at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The three-day event is being run in lieu of ...


Industry Programme  |  Nigeria: Broadcasting Organisations Support Industry Programme On The Preservation of Audio-Visual Media Assets

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) - the umbrella body for all Radio and Television stations in Nigeria - has confirmed support for Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) 's Industry Programme on the Preservation of Africa's Audio-visual Media Heritage. The Chairperson ...


Content Distribution  |  Netflix Announces New Slates Of Original Films Out Of Nigeria

Netflix plans to ramp up its offering for local content in Africa went up another notch as it announces that it has commissioned a slew of original films and series and signed new deals with producers and distributors from the ...


Content Distribution  |  Netflix Looking To Boost Subscribers In Africa With More Content And A Mobile Plan

Netflix, the global streaming giant, has decided to revamp its market development strategy in Africa as it looks to move beyond servicing only the wealthy segment to targeting the broader market. It plans to do this with its 'mobile-only' subscription ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: Regulator Supports Local Company's Launch Of Pay-Per-View TV Model

Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has renewed its support for a local satellite TV company's bid to roll-out a pay-per-view TV model in Nigeria.   Speaking at a meeting with the management of TStv, NBC's acting director-general, Armstrong Idachaba said ...


Industry Programme  |  SABA Joins BMA On Programme To Preserve Africa's Audio-Visual Media Assets

Broadcast content preservation practitioners and professionals from across the world are set to have a collaborative platform to enable best working practices, standards and solutions that will help professionals safeguard and preserve legacy audio-visual content in Africa. The Southern African ...


TV Rights  |  South Africa: SABC To Check The Legality Of DStv Sponsorship Of PSL

It is being reported that the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is seeking legal advice into the validity of the new partnership between the Premier Soccer League and Multichoice DStv.   The acting spokesperson for the South African public broadcaster, ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Nigeria: "RED Radio" Is Launched As An Online Entertainment Platform

A prominent Nigerian Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), is deepening its venture into the media sector with the launch of a new online radio channel - "Red Radio". Powered by its existing "lifestyle" web platform, Red Radio, according to ...


Industry Programme  |  Preserving Africa’s Audio-Visual Media Assets - BMA Launches Industry Programme!

Broadcast media organisations are custodians of social-cultural experiences captured in audio-visual content. And as broadcasting platforms turns digital, there is the urgent need for legacy audio-visual content to be appropriately preserved for the benefit of society both presently and in ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  DStv Becomes Title Sponsor Of SA's Premier Soccer League With Five-Year Deal

Multichoice and the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) have announced that DStv has agreed to five-year title sponsorship of the country's premier football (soccer) division. This, the two organisation has hailed as the progression of their already flourishing partnerships. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Can Multichoice DStv Help Resolve SABC's Financial Woes?

James Aguma, a former CEO of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has suggested that Multichoice DStv should be mandated to help collect TV licence fees on behalf of the public broadcaster. The SABC, it well documented, is in a ...


Content Distribution  |  The Africa Channel's Production Arm To Sell "African Content" Globally

TAC Studios, the production arm of The Africa Channel is reported to have concluded licencing deals that would take its slate of lifestyle shows to a number of global and digital networks. TAC Studio says the agreements it has signed ...


Content Streaming Services  |  OTT Streaming: Is Discovery Billed To Enter The Market In Early 2021 With "Discovery+"?

Industry media are reporting that global TV network, Discovery, is getting ready to enter into the global streaming market with the plan to launch its direct-to-consumer service to be called - Discovery+. The service is due to launch in the ...


Appointment  |  Nigeria's TV Channel - Plus TV Africa - Gets New Chief Executive

Plus TV Africa, a Nigerian-based "Afropolitan" 24-hour television station has announced the appointment of Mr Lekan Ogunbanwo as its new chief executive officer and managing director. The announcement was made by Mr Lateef Fagbemi, the chairman of General News and ...


Satellite Broadcasting  |  Eutelsat Brings Tanzanian Azam TV To Its 7C Satellite With Multi-Year Agreement

Tanzanian-based Pay-TV company - Azam TV, and the global satellite communications provider - Eutelsat, has agreed to extend their existing contract into a multi-year agreement that will now migrate Azam TV to the Eutelsat7C platform, and now also allows it ...


Content Distribution  |  Disney and Nigeria's FilmOne Entertainment Sign Content Distribution Pact

FilmOne Entertainment, a theatrical content distribution outfit with operations in West Africa have confirmed it is in agreement with Disney to distribute content from its stable including from Disney Pictures, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation.  According to elements of the ...


Acquisitions  |  South Africa's Production Company - Okuhle Media - Acquired By Trace Group

A France-based multimedia company, Trace Group, has announced it is taken up the majority shareholding in a South Africa's production company, Okuhle Media.   Olivier Laouchez, Chairman and CEO of Trace said of the deal: "The acquisition of Okuhle Media ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  South Africa: SABC Says It's Ready To Broadcast Bundesliga Football On TV and Radio

After contracting broadcast rights to German Bundesliga football matches for the 2020/21 season, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it is now ready for the first kick-off, which it says will be broadcasted live on its SABC3 channel at ...


Telecom Services  |  Ethiopia: Govt Plans To Privatise Telco Sector In Disarray As Interests Diverge

Plans by authorities in Ethiopia to privatise the country's telecommunications sector is said to have hit some significant road-block simply because the key players that are supposed to work together have entrenched, divergent interests.   An example, according to industry ...


Telecom Services  |  Zimbabwe: Telcos Promos To Help Stem Drop In Subscriber Numbers

It is challenging, desperate times for telecommunications services providers in Zimbabwe who are scrambling at they experience a significant loss of subscribers and revenues due to the country's crippling economic conditions that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus lockdown measures. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Multichoice Prays Current Regulation On Sports In Unchanged

Following the move by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)  to propose a new regulatory framework for sports broadcasting - which will see significant sporting events being made available on a free-to-watch basis, Multichoice South Africa has responded ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC Studios Signals Tough Times Ahead With Ability To Deliver Revenues

Within the context of a broader concern by the BBC's management that the British media institution is being dragged into a financial quagmire with falling finances, BBC Studios (the commercial arm of the organisation) has also issued the warning that ...


Content Distribution  |  Multichoice And Televisa Networks Launch New Entertainment Channel

Africa's pay-tv giant, the Multichoice Group, has partnered with Televisa Networks to launch a new entertainment channel - "TLNovelas" which will reside on the DStv channel until August 2021.   According to Multichoice, the "TLNovelas" channel will be an "exclusive ...


Satellite Services  |  Satellite: Nigeria's NigComSat-1R To Be Used By Africa's Air Navigation Body

The pan-African agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) has confirmed that it will be deploying NigComSat-1R to provide its first satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) open service which will among other things help improve flight safety and ...


Appointment  |  Universal Appoints Nigerian-born Pearlena Igbokwe As 'Chairman' Of Universal Studio Group

Media executive, Pearlena Igbokwe has been appointed as the chairman of the US Universal Studio Group. According to Universal's statement on the appointment, Ms Igbokwe will lead the company's global television studio business, reporting to Universal's CEO, Jeff Shell.   ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Netflix Tests Cheaper Mobile-Only Pricing Plan, Attempts To Undercut Showmax's Pricing

Netflix announced it is now testing a mobile-only pricing plan that will cost its subscribers in South Africa only 39 Rands (US$2.50). Industry watchers find this an interesting move and could be an attempt to undercut Multichoice Showmax mobile-only price ...


Content Production  |  Multichoice Showcases Commitment To Telling African Stories

Multichoice believes that storytelling plays a critical role in society; it is through narratives that people learn, shapes their hopes and aspirations and builds a world-view. As a consequence, the organisation says it is now, as ever, committed to helping ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster At Risk Of Imminent Collapse, Needs Urgent Re-Invention

South African public broadcaster, the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is on the brink of "imminent" disintegration - according to a confidential report seen and reported on by The City Press (a South African newspaper).   City Press reporting indicates ...


Football Broadcast  |  SABC Secured Broadcast Rights To German Bundesliga Games

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced a rights agreement with Bundesliga International that will enable it to broadcast, on the free-to-air basis, Bundesliga games for the 2020 - 2022 seasons.   The broadcast agreement means that SABC Sports ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Broadcasting Regulator Dragged To Court Over Amended Broadcasting Code

Nigeria's broadcasting regulator - the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is being taken to Court by a film production company based in Lagos, Nigeria over the recently amended broadcasting code.   According to reporting by Nigeria Communications Week, Oakfil Production Limited, ...


Content Services  |  Big Brother Naija Season 5 Production Costs 10Million US Dollars - Says Multichoice Nigeria

Multichoice Nigeria has declared that it spent upwards of US$ 10million (3.5 billion Naira) on the production of the Season 5 of the reality show - Big Brother Naija.   John Ugbe, the chief executive of Multichoice Nigeria, said that ...


Industry Expos  |  Next Year's NAB Show In Las Vegas Rescheduled To October 9-13, 2021

Organisers of the NAB Show - the largest annual show for the global broadcasting and media industry - has announced that next years' edition of the show previously scheduled for 11-14 April 2021 will now take place on 9-13 October ...


Content Distribution  |  TNT Channel From Warner Media To Go On StartTimes Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Warner Media's TNT channel will launch across Africa's payTV company - StartTimes, it has been announced. According to the statement, the TNT channel will be put on the StarTimes DTT Basic Bouquet as well as Smart Bouquet on its DTH ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Laments Sharp Drop In TV Licence Cash, Seeks Urgent Redress

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has said it feels like South Africans have stopped paying the TV licences altogether as it laments the vast drop in TV licence payment.   In a statement to the country's lawmakers, SABC says ...


Broadcasting Services  |  CEO Multichoice South Africa Resigns - To Depart 30 November 2020

First, in June 2020, Niclas Ekdahl resigned from the company. Now, after fourteen years at the helm of Multichoice South Africa, its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mark Rayner, is quitting his post.   A press statement from Multichoice states: "It ...


Content Services  |  Disney XD And Fox Life Chopped Off DStv Channels List

By the end of September 2020, Multichoice DStv will lose two entertainment channels - Disney XD And Fox Life - from its programming list, the company has announced. These new cuts follow the removal of the BBC First channel as ...


Telecom Services  |  Ghana: MTN Drags Regulator To Supreme Court Over "SMP" Tussle

MTN Ghana is asking the Ghanaian Supreme Court to help review the decision of the country's regulatory authority - National Communications Authority (NCA) - that has designated it, MTN, as a significant market power (SMP).   Any company classified as ...


Content Distribution  |  StarzPlay Will Air Spinoff Of Its Original "Power" Exclusively In North Africa

"Power Book II: Ghost" is the spinoff of StarzPlay Original "Power". And this spinoff, the first of the four planned, is set to be aired across the North African territory exclusively by StarzPlay.   "Power Book II: Ghost" is also ...


OTT Services  |  e.tv, South African Broadcaster, To Launch Own Streaming Service - "Openview Plus"

The South African multi-platform broadcaster, e.tv, has announced that plans are in place for the launch of its video streaming service, Openview Plus. The new OTT platform will be an extension of its Satelite-TV OpenView service and is expected to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Says It Can't Compete With Showmax And Netflix, Blames Govt. Regulations

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has voiced its frustration about its inability to compete with streaming majors such as Netflix and Showmax that operating in South Africa.   According to the newspaper City Press, the South Africa public broadcaster ...


Broadcasting Services  |  The BBC's New Director-General Takes A Dim View Of Subscription Model

BBC's newly appointed Director-General, Mr Tim Davie, has maintained that the BBC "will not be just another media company serving a specific group" and has kicked against the UK's public broadcaster becoming a "subscribed-to" media provider.   Mr Tim Davie, ...


Content Production  |  South Africa: SABC Launches New Locally Produced Hospital Drama - "Vutha"

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) seems to have followed e.tv back into the hospital drama space, as it also has announced a locally produced hospital drama called "Vutha" for its SABC2 channel.   These new productions signify a return ...


Broadcasting Services  |  M-NET To Enable Packaged Localised TV Channels In Ghana, Ethiopia And Mozambique

Following reported success with channels like Mzansi Magic in South Africa, Pearl Magic in Uganda and Zambesi Magic in Zambia, Multichoice has said it is looking to create these type of packaged localised entertainment channels for subscribers in Ghana, Ethiopia ...


Content Production  |  British Royals Prince Harry And Meghan In Multi-Million US$ Production Deal With Netflix

Streaming giant Netflix has announced a multi-year, multi-million US dollars production output deal with the Queen of England's grandson and his wife (Prince Harry and Meghan). It's to be recalled that Harry and Meghan rejected being continued part of the ...


Telecom  |  Leadership Reshuffle Continues Inside MTN Group

MTN has announced it is making changes to the composition of the board of the MTN Group and that of its principal subsidiary - MTN South Africa.   A media statement from the MTN press office stated that Christine Ramon ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Drives For New Subscribers - Offer Free Titles As Marketing Ploy

Global streaming giant Netflix is driving to add more to its existing 190+ million subscribers globally and has decided to offer ten free-to-watch titles to entice new subscribers. Netflix has set up a dedicated free-to-watch page that would help with ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Govt. Intervenes To Warn MultiChoice Against Alleged Plan To Sack Workers

According to the Nigerian Daily Independent newspapers, the Nigerian government has stated that it will not "tolerate" any move by PayTV company, MultiChoice Nigeria to fire its workers under any circumstance.   The newspaper was reporting its "exclusive conversation" was ...


Content Production  |  Multichoice Showmax In Co-Productions For Quality African-Originated Content

Streaming platform Showmax (part of PayTV company - Multichoice) has announced two new international co-productions of African content, one of which is "Rogue" an all-action packed movie (starring Megan Fox), and the other is "Blood Psalms" the African mythology series. ...


Video-On-Demand  |  IROKO TV Subscribers Down By 70%, Company Seeks To Refocus Outside Africa

IROKO, the Nigerian video-on-demand company is reportedly shedding 150 jobs, as it also looks toward North America and Europe to help starve-off the loses it is currently experiencing.   Disrupt Africa.com reported that between April and July 2020, IROKO had ...


Sports Rights  |  Canal+ Afrique Nets French-Language Bundesliga Broadcast Rights

Canal+ Afrique, the French PayTV broadcaster, is said to have agreed, the with Bundesliga International, the rights to the French-Language broadcast of the top and second-tier of Bundesliga as well as the German Super Cup. These Bundesliga TV rights have ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: NTA And StarTimes Welcome Lawmakers' Audit, Say No Missing Funds!

The management of NTA-Star TV Network Ltd, a joint venture between the Nigerian Television Authority and the StarTimes Group, has welcomed the forensic audit on its finances and operations, as requested by the Nigeria's Senate's Joint Committee on Finance and ...


Content Streaming Services  |  South Africa's Vodacom Simplies Data Issues With Content Streaming

South African mobile telecom giant, Vodacom, has introduced a feature called "Video Play Time" to its streaming platform to make it easier for streamers to enjoy videos without having to fret too much about data costs.   According to the ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: StarTimes And Multichoice Give Reasons For Prices Increase

Nigeria's PayTV operators have recently been in a bit of negative news cycle after following the announcement of price hikes on their respective TV packages and services.   Multichoice Nigeria, who recently informed its customers of impending price increases on ...


Telecom Services  |  Kenya Telkom Intensifies Digital Transformation - Sees No Job Losses In The Horizon

Kenya Telkom has squarely set itself on the path of digital transformation even as it is just reeling from the recent collapse of its botched joint-venture deal with Airtel.   As part of this strategic re-focus to digital transformation services, ...


Content Distribution  |  CineMagic - SA Streaming Service Wants To Monetise Short-Form Local Content

South Africa's newest streaming service, CineMagic is inviting content producers - especially those specialising in short-form films - to contribute their content to its platform to easy monetisation.   According to the director of content acquisition for CineMagic, Mr Jaick ...


Sports Content  |  StarTimes And MediaPro Sign Canadian Football Coverage Deal

The African PayTV giant, StarTimes has sealed a distribution deal with Spanish producer and broadcaster, MediaPro to allow StarTimes bring the Canadian Premier League (CPL) Island Games competition to its subscribers across Africa.   With this deal, StarTimes is booked ...


Content Services  |  Showmax Delighted As Big Brother Naija Draws Record Streaming Views Across Africa

Executives at Multichoice Showmax may have been doing internal cartwheel jumps to celebrate the viewing figures from the 5th edition of Big Brother Naija, which, despite being currently flighted in a pandemic has become a hit with streamers in Nigeria, ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Senegal: Helios Towers And Free Senegal Agree US$190M Infrastructure Asset Deal

Helios Towers, the telecoms infrastructure company with a significant presence across Africa, has agreed with Free Senegal - the country's second-largest mobile operator - to acquire its passive infrastructure assets for almost 190 million US dollars, according to industry news ...


Content MarketPlace  |  Dubai International Content Market Event Offers Hybrid Physical And Virtual Formats For 2020

The Dubai International Content Market event is set to take place on the 7th - 8th December 2020 with a plan to offer a simultaneous onsite and virtual networking and marketplace environment.   The organisers say the hybrid format is ...


Appointment  |  Suveer Ramdhani, SEACOM's Chief Strategy Officer Quits!

Broadband infrastructure company SEACOM has announced the resignation of its erstwhile chief strategy officer, Mr Suveer Ramdani. Ramdani has been in the employ of the company since 2009.   A statement from the company statement says that "Suveer has been ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Cell C To Shut Half Of Physical Stores - Many Job To Go!

South African mobile operator, Cell C, is reportedly in the process of closing down a sizeable number of its physical stores across the country as it continues to battle with grave financial predicament. It is being reported that 128 of ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Netflix Removes "Offensive" Promotional Image Of Cuties After Online Protest

Video streaming giant, Netflix, has been forced to remove a promotional image showing pre-teen girls posing in skimpy outfits for its new film called Cuties. The BBC reported that the French drama, with its trailer, sparked a significant amount of ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice MNET Plans To Add 5 New Content Channels To Stable!

Multichoice has announced plans to boost its programming line-up with a slate of new entertaining content from places such as Canada, Turkey and Mexico and Korean. According to industry press, the planned content additions to the DStv platform will include ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Airtel TV Spreading Its Wings With More African Content Added To Platform

Airtel TV in Nigeria says it is ploughing ahead with increasing its content portfolio with more Afro-centric content, and it is going forward with adding channels such as the African Movie Channel (AMC Movies), the AMC Series and Nolly Africa ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Tower Operator - IHS Holding - To Re-Open IPO In The US, Valued At US$ 7 Billion

Agency News is reporting that the wireless tower infrastructure operator is considering an initial purchase offer (IPO) in the United States. The sought value of the IPO is said to be worth around seven billion US dollars.   According to ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: Lawmakers Unhappy With StarTimes Pricing Hikes

Members of the Nigerian House of Representatives have indicated their dismay that the PayTV company - StarTimes - has increased its subscription tariff, and has, according to reports, ordered it to review its prices immediately.   StarTimes Nigeria is said ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Apple Launches 2 New Live Global Radio Stations - Available In 165 Countries

Apple has announced the launch of two new live radio stations - named Hits and Country - that will be made available immediately to 165 countries across the globe. The brand new radio stations will play music from the 1980's, ...


Sports Rights  |  Canal+ And Spanish La Liga Renew Broadcast Rights Deal For Sub-Saharan Africa

The Spanish Football League (La Liga) have agreed to a deal with PayTV platform Canal+ to broadcast its football content in sub-Saharan Africa - according to reporting by DigitalEuropeTV.com.   With this tie-up, Canal+ has now joined SuperSport and StarTimes ...


Film Festival  |  "Live" Luxor African Film Festival To Take Place March 12 - 18 2021

The President of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Mr Sayed Fouad has announced that the 10th edition of LAFF will happen "live" on the 12th  - 18th March 2021.   A statement issued from LAFF secretariat said: "We are ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  A Focus On The BBC "Focus On Africa Radio Service" At 60!

The "Focus On Africa Radio" service has been a staple on the BBC World Service schedule since it was launched in 1960 as a 15-minute programme, three-time a week. The programme has exploded to become immensely popular with its audience ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Community Broadcaster - Soweto TV - Local Reality Show

Soweto TV is a community broadcasting station that seems to be doing things very differently, offering up quality unique programming and feature stories based on a strong African narrative.   Part of this locally produced programming is its new reality ...


Content Distribution  |  OpenView South Africa To Carry France 24 News Channel In English

France Médias Monde has announced it is in agreement with  OpenView South Africa to carry its France 24 News channel in English. OpenView is South Africa’s first free-to-air satellite TV service platform offering family entertainment with local and international shows. ...


Content Services  |  US Fox News Launches Video Streaming Platform - Expected To Go Global (And In Africa) By 2020 End

Fox News - a significant cable news organisation in the United States - has announced it will be going global with a dedicated "International arm", just like others like CNN, BBC and SKY have been doing now for ages.   ...


Content Regulation  |  South Africa: Govt. Agency To Investigate DStv's Deal With Netflix And Amazon Prime Video

The Competition Commission of South Africa - the government agency focussing business practices and activities for competitive fairness and openness - has said it is launching an urgent investigation into Multichoice plans to add Netflix and Amazon prime video to ...


Content Distribution  |  Showmax Get Kids Content From Distributor, Jetpack!

Showmax confirmed it had signed a Kids and family-focused content deal with a United Kingdom based distributor - Jetpack Distribution. The terms of the agreement indicate that Showmax would have access to more than 150 hours of content from Jetpack's ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Disney Rebrands Its Television Studios For Stronger Market Positioning

The three studios comprising the Disney Television Studios are being unbundled and separately rebranded according to industry reporting.   A year and six months after the merger with 20th Century Fox, this iconic brand has been renamed 20th Television, and ...


Content Distribution  |  South Africa: TNT Is First Among A Sea Of Film Viewership Decline

In June, movie viewing ratings in South Africa saw a decline of 11 per cent. And even so, the TNT channel was reportedly ranked number one above other movie and films channels in South Africa.   TNT, a specialist channel ...


Sports Rights  |  StarTimes Gets Broadcast Rights To Spanish LaLiga And UEFA League For Sub Sahara Africa

StarTimes, the pan-African PayTV network has announced the acquisition of broadcasting rights to the Spanish LaLiga and the UEFA Nations League. The agreed broadcast rights are set to start from September 2020 and right across to the 2024 season.   ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Kenya: Airtel Looking For A Foothold In Video Distribution Market With Free App

Airtel in Kenya is looking to enter the TV and video distribution space with the launch of a new TV app that will be free to its users. The move is seen as an offer that taps into the growing ...



Pay TV  |  Calvo Mawela, Multichoice CEO, Gets 125% Pay Rise To US$1.6 Million

Multichoice Group's latest annual report for the financial year-end to March 2020 has shown that its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Calvo Mawela, was paid a total sum of US$1.59 million (as a total remunerative package) representing more than 125 per ...


Content Distribution  |  ViacomCBS Network International Streaming Platform Will Not Come To Africa When Launched

As ViacomCBS Network International (VCNI) is set to join the global streaming war that already has Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Showmax all battling it out, it is being reported that VCNI has no immediate plans to ...


Telecom Services  |  MTN To Leave The Middle East To Refocus Business Entirely In Africa

Mr Rob Shuter, President, MTN Group has declared that his organisation's future strategic competitiveness rests squarely on the singular pursuit of a Pan-Africa strategy. As such, he suggested MTN leave the middle east markets as soon as practicable. Delivering the ...


Content Distribution  |  Nigeria's "First" Lesbian Movie To Be Distributed Online Due To Censorship

As same-sex relationships are still illegal in Nigeria, the makers of the local film "ife" (translated Love) has decided to distribute the movie solely on online platforms as a go-around to Nigeria's homophobic environment.   The movie producer, Pamela Adie, ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice Drops BBC First, Says It's Part Of Refresh Strategy

Effective from 01 September, DStv subscribers would not be able to access the BBC First channel as it is being removed from Multichoice's channels listing.   The removal of BCC First, according to executives at Multichoice is part of the ...


Content Services  |  New DreamWorks Animation Kids Channel Added To StarTimes, StarSat Line-Up

The PayTV company StarTimes said it had added a 24-hour DreamWorks animation for kids to its channel set-up across Africa and on StarSat in South Africa.   StarTimes And NBC Universal Networks say they are thrilled to be able to ...


Content Services  |  TV Programming: SABC Brings Back Talk Show “Trending SA”

SABC3, a channel in the  South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) stable has revived “Trending SA”, bringing it to early prime time with Elma Smit, Refiloe Mpakanvane and Mablerh as new presenters.   The industry could recall that the show was ...


Satellite Services  |  Eutelsat Reports Revenues Of USD1.4 Billion, Broadcast Business Resilient

Eutelsat Communications, the global Satellite communications company, have released it 2019/2020 report, which show the company of posting better than expected COVID-19 revised operating revenues of US$1.4billion with a free cash flow of US$555million. Despite the above figures, the Eutelsat ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SuperSport Reorganises EPG Channel Set-Up For "Ease Of Content Discovery"

First, Multichoice announced the "reorganisation" of its M-Net platform from six channels to four, and now, SuperSport, effective from September, will carry "thematic" names, instead of the usual numbering system. Calling it "Genre Channelling", Multichoice says market research has shown ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice Reduces M-Net Channels From Six To Four

Valid from 01 September 2020, Multichoice M-Net Channels are being reduced from six to four, the Pay-Tv company has announced. The new channels would simply be called M-Net  Movies 1, 2, 3, and 4.   The press statement from Multichoice ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN Reports Subscriber Growth, Increased Revenues And A Dip In Profits

According to the latest financial statements provided by MTN to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the company says it has increased the number of subscribers to its mobile network to 71.1 Million people,  a 15.6 per cent increase within the ...


Appointment  |  MTN's Rob Shuter Will Move To Head-up BT Enterprise As CEO

MTN, arguably Africa's largest telecoms company, has announced that its current chief executive, Mr Rob Shuter will be leaving the organisation as he moves to take the position as the CEO of BT Enterprise in the United Kingdom starting March ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC: CEO's Open Letter Says: "No Going Back On Cost-Cutting Drive"

Mr Madola Mxakwe, the chief executive officer of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has written an open letter that acknowledges the past mistakes of the South African public broadcaster. The open letter also confirmed that the continuing devastating impact ...


Content Production  |  Canal+ And Multichoice Combine To Do "Blood Psalms" - An African Epic

Multichoice Showmax and Canal+ say they are ushering in "a new era of African storytelling" by agreeing on a deal to co-produce an epic pre-colonial African mythology flick, "Blood Psalms". According to the producers, the movie will feature more than ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  South Africa: SABC Says It Will Stream UK's FA Cup Final Online

Mr Gary Rathbone, the General Manager of Sports at the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that his broadcast organisation will stream the final of the United Kingdom's FA Cup on a "dedicated online portal".   In a statement, ...


Sports Rights  |  Multichoice SuperSport Extends La Liga Broadcast Rights In Africa For Another Two Years

Multichoice SuperSport and the Spanish La Liga have renewed their broadcast rights covering another two years to cover up until 2023/24 season. With this agreement, SuperSport will continue to screen coverage of the Spanish top-flight football games in all languages ...


Content Distribution  |  Ethiopia: Canal+ Offers Premium Direct-To-Home (DTH) Platform

Canal+ and Eutelsat have agreed what is thought to be a multi-year plan to provide support for Canal+ as it launches its premium DTH platform in Ethiopia. The platform, which is due to be operative from early 2021, is reported ...


Sports Content  |  Multichoice Partners With The Walt Disney Company To Bring ESPN To DStv

Multichoice Group and The Walt Disney Company Africa have agreed on a partnership that will bring ESPN sports to the DStv stable of sports programming. The agreement, according to the parties, will result in two 24-hour ESPN channels made available ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  NIGERIA: MTN Re-Negotiates With Tower Providers, Hopes Rural Connectivity Drive Will Boost Growth

The leadership of MTN Nigeria says they have agreed with IHS and INT Towers Limited to expand current provisions regarding currency conversions providing clarity to both parties on foreign exchange situation with Naira payments".   It should be recalled that ...


Content Services  |  SABC Keen To Bring Live Sports With Boxing, Athletics And Tennis Top Of Mind

Mr Gary Rathbone, the general manager for sports at the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has strongly signalled that under his management, the organisation will refocus on bringing back some "high-profile" sporting properties for the entertainment of South Africans.   ...


Broadcasting  |  SABC: Headwinds As Workers Union Vehemently Oppose Staff Cull

As managers at the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) set about implementing their strategic turnaround plans  - part of which involves a level of staff shedding - their workers' union has said it would fight the move to the heavens ...


Mobile Money  |  Zimbabwe: Econet Given Reprieve As Court Stays Govt. Search Warrant

Following its appeal to the courts for a stay order on the Zimbabwe government’s search of its business premises, executives at Econet and its mobile financial services arm - EcoCash - are delighted that the court has granted them the ...


Data Services  |  Malawi: Telecom Regulator Urged To Drive Down Data Costs

The government of Malawi has directed the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to do an urgent review of the cost of access and use of internet data, with the view to bring this down to a more “reasonable” level.   ...


Film and Cinema  |  South Africa: NFVF To Support Filmmakers With Funding Offers

South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is examining a number of propositions to help and support the film industry in South Africa with the vagaries of the current coronavirus pandemic.   One of the initiatives is the call ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Editorial Forum Worries Planned Retrenchments Will Affect News Services

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Forum has said to the country's Parliamentary Committee for Communications that it is deeply concerned that the planned retrenchment exercise within the corporation might harm SABC's news service delivery mandate.   Editorial Forum's leaders, ...


Connectivity  |  Africa Set To Benefit Up To US$57 Billion From Facebook Connectivity Infrastructure Play

Analysys Mason, a global research company, has reported that Facebook's planned investment in Africa's connectivity infrastructure will see the continent benefiting to the tune of  US$ 57 billion over the next four years.   A statement issued by Facebook also ...


Content Production  |  Nigeria: REDTV To Start Screening Season 3 Of The Men’s Club

Trails and tribulations of the coronavirus aside, Nigeria’s REDTV has announced it is ready to start showing the third in the series of the acclaimed show, The Men’s Club. The show is set to premiere on 22 July.   According ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana: Media Foundation Tells Minister To Retract GBC Channels Reduction Directive

The influential Media Foundation For West Africa (MFWA) has added its voice to the increasing call on the government of Ghana to reconsider the planned reduction of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) from six to three on the digital terrestrial television ...


Telecom Services  |  Vodacom To Join-Up With China's Alipay For A Financial "Super-App"

Vodacom South Africa is planning to create and launch a financial services "one-stop-shop" app that will allow users stream music, access news, shop online, pay bills and transfer money. The service has also been designed to assist small and medium ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Lawmakers Set To Reward NCC's Boss With Another 5 Years Tenure

Professor Umar G. Danbatta, the incumbent Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is set to be re-appointed by the Nigerian government as the country's Senate prepares to wave through his confirmation for another five years.   ...


Content Distribution  |  Disney Adds "Black Is King" To MNet And Canal+ Afrique

Disney's distribution has secured the deal to bring the new film "Black Is King" - from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter - to Multichoice Mnet and Canal+ Afrique. The movie, which is set for a 31 July release date, is set to also ...


Appointment  |  BBC Global News Makes Yewande Adewusi Regional Director For Africa

Yetunde Adewusi has been appointed as the regional director for Africa at BBC Global News - its international arm for all commercial activities, including news, features and sports.   Before this appointment, Ms Adewusi was BBC Global News commercial representative ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Is Justified To Slash "Bloated Workforce" - Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) of South Africa

An op-ed article from the executive committee of the  Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) of South Africa has posited that it supports the staff culling proposed by the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), saying that it has no choice but to "slash its' ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Primedia Broadcasting - A Big Broadcast Media Group - To Commence Retrenchment Proceedings

One of the major media services group in South Africa, Primedia Broadcasting - owners of radio stations such as CapeTalk, KFM, 702 and 947 has announced that with would start retrenchment consultations, in consonance with the country's Labour Relations Act. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Govt. Intention To Reduce Ghana Broadcasting Corporation's DTT Channels Might Be "Untenable" - Stakeholders

Ghana's Communications Minister has issued a notification to the management of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) informing them of the government intention to decrease the number of channels it (the GBC) operates on Ghana's national digital terrestrial TV platform.   According ...


Satellite TV  |  SES Helping To Fight Covid-19 With Dedicated Content On Free-To-Air Satellite Channel

SES, the global satellite services company has announced that it is launching of a new, free-to-air satellite channel, dedicated to providing reliable information about Covid-19. The free-to-air channel will be available to household across Africa and the Asia Pacific.   ...


Content Distribution  |  Showmax Says It's Ramping Up On Local Content - Commissions Two New Drama Series

Showmax - Multichoice's over-the-top (OTT) streaming service - have announced a slate of new content, with a focus on improving the level of 'local content' on its catalogue. The platform is reportedly commissioning two new local drama series with 2021 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Copyright Society Of Nigeria Says New Broadcasting Code Is Unenforceable

The new Nigerian Broadcasting Code (the set of regulations that governs broadcasting in Nigeria) might be unenforceable, according to the chair of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) Mr Tony Okoroji.   Mr Okoroji, speaking to local press organisations also ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: MTN Senior Execs Give Up Salary Increase To Help COVID Impacted Colleagues

Senior executives of MTN South Africa are reportedly offering not to receive their annual salary increases, but instead, have asked the company to donate the fund to helping company staff affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.    MTN South Africa's corporate ...


Regulation  |  South Africa: Communications Minister Unhappy With Candidates For ICASA Posts

South Africa's Communications Minister, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abraham, has, according to press reports by the South African Sunday Times newspaper, rejected the list of 10 potential candidates for council positions at the Independent Communications Authorities of South Africa (ICASA).   Reports ...


Connectivity  |  Africa Mobile Networks Say It Now Connects 1Billion Users Across Africa

Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) have made the claimed that it has services up to 1billion previously unconnected people in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.   Figures released by the organisation indicates that it processed 91,623,222 voice calls and up to ...


Mobile Services  |  Zimbabwe: Econet’s Customers Unhappy With Network Outages

Econet Zimbabwe - the country’s largest mobile network operator, has had to issue an apology to its customers for yet another network outage. The outage reportedly left subscribers with no access to data services, although the mobile money services were, ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Season 5 Of Big Brother Naija To Commence On July 19

Multichoice Nigeria has announced that the season five of its popular reality TV show - “Big Brother Naija” will premiere on Sunday 19th July. This announcement is on the back of the online auditions conducted in May, which according to ...


Financing  |  Senegal: Telecoms Industry Set To See US$ 170 Million Investment

Senegal’s leading telecommunications company, Sonatel, is expected to receive up to US$170 Million capital injection from fundraising activities conducted by the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF/the Fund).   According to the report, the ...


Content Services  |  Netflix Executives Answer Questions On How They Operate In Nigeria And Across Africa!

After a spate of activities which saw Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandon visiting Nigeria, and the launch of a handful of Nigerian-produced original series, several industry watchers have been wondering what Netflix's big plan is for the Nigerian and ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice Signs Brits ITV's Coronation Street, Emmerdale for Mnet; Closes ITV Choice Channel

Multichoice has bought the rights to Britain ITV programmes including The Chase, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. These content will, however, only be seen on Mnet as the dedicated ITV Choice channel has been removed from DStv.   Poor ratings of ...


5G Network  |  MTN And Ericsson Working Together On 5G Deployment For Across Africa

MTN, Africa’s largest mobile telecommunications network, has hinted that part of the agreement it has signed with Ericsson for commercial 5G launch would see it roll out across  20 of its operations in Africa, starting in Nigeria.   Disclosing this ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Tanzania: TCRA Moves To Ban Online TV Station Over "Misleading News"

The broadcasting regulator in Tanzania - the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authorities (TCRA) has suspended a local internet-based TV station for relaying information that the government of Tanzania find inaccurate and misleading.   TCRA's Content Committee alleged that Kwanza Online TV ...


Broadband And Connectivity  |  Eutelsat’s ‘Konnect Africa’ To Provide Connectivity To Underserved Areas In Nigeria

Eutelsat Communications subsidiary, Konnect Africa, has agreed, with the government a state in north-west Nigeria, to provide its COVID-19 isolation centres with broadband internet connection that will enable effective coordination of medical provisions on offer.   The chief executive officer ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice Streaming Platform- Showmax - To Offer Live Sport

Showmax, the video-on-demand arm of the TV giant Multichoice has indicated that it would expand its offering with Showmax Pro that will provide live sports show from SuperSport in addition to the staple of entertainment content it currently provides.   ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Owner Of EbonyLife TV Pulls Channel Off DStv

One of Nigeria’s foremost media business person - Ms Mo Abudu, the owner of EbonyLife TV channel - has announced that effective 31 July, the EbonyLife TV channel will no longer be on the DStv platform.   Announcing social media, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  NBC Battles To Keep Nigeria's New Broadcasting Code Going - Fiasco Intensifies

In Nigeria, the controversy surrounding the amended broadcasting code - the set of regulations governing the broadcast media industry -took a new turn with the reported infighting between the organisation's board members and the management of the National Broadcasting Commission ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: ICASA Excuses Delay With Spectrum Invitation

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has confirmed that there would be a ‘slight’ delay in the publication of the ‘Invitation To Apply’ for the wholesale open-access network and the international mobile telecommunications (IMT) spectrum licences.   ICASA, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Ruling Party Urges SABC To Shelve Retrenchment Plans

According to local reports, the ruling African National Congress in South Africa is asking the country's public broadcaster - SABC - not to proceed with its plan to cut what the management of the SABC sees as a bloated work-force. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: "Suspend The Implementation Of Broadcasting Code" - IBAN

Mr Guy Murray-Bruce, the secretary for the Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (IBAN), has issued a statement on behalf of the association calling for the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to put on hold its implementation of the amended 6th ...


Broadcasting Services  |  "Multichoice Is A Nigerian Firm With 100% Local Workforce" - Company's Chair.

The chairman of Multichoice Nigeria, Mr Adewunmi Ogunsanya, has said that Multichoice is a full-fledged Nigerian company with almost 100 per cent Nigerian workforce. Speaking to local press on the current problems besetting the company, Ogunsanya wishes to remind the ...


Content Distribution  |  Discovery Seeks African Expansion With Launch Of Two Channels On StarTimes

Discovery has announced it is launching two channels in French on the bouquet of the digital pay-TV broadcaster, StarTimes Africa.  StarTimes is also carrying channels and content on its platform in English for Discovery, including 'Real Time', Discover Family and ...


Sports Rights  |  Multichoice SuperSport May Not Renew Broadcast Rights For EPL, UEFA

Reliable sources close to decision-makers inside SuperSport (the part of Multichoice Africa that offers sports entertainment) have said the company is seriously considering not renewing the broadcasting rights for the English Premier League (EPL) and the UEFA Champions League going ...


Online TV  |  YouTube TV Increases Its Subscription Fee To US$65 Per Month

YouTube subscription service is to go up by almost 30%, jumping to US$65 from US$49.99. According to the Google-owned company, this price hike will be effective immediately. The last time that the platform issued a price increase was April 2019 ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Govt Orders Multichoice To Reverse Price Hike, Might Impose Pay-Per-View Charging

The BMA has consistently tracked and reported on the market dynamics in the Nigerian pay-TV sector, as it involves the market leader Multichoice DStv. It now appears that the Nigerian government is ready, via possible regulation, to impose a pay-per-view ...


Content Production  |  Realness Africa’s Screenwriters Residency 2020 Commences Virtually

Realness Institute - the organisation that helps nurture the development of new generation of filmmaking talents in Africa says it will commence its fifth screenwriters residency from today (July 01) up until September 01 2020.   Due to the current ...


Acquisitions  |  Tencent Is Buying Up iFlix!

A purchase agreement is in the works for Chinese giant Tencent Holdings to acquire the streaming company iflix. Under the yet-to-be-finalised purchase deal, Tencent will buy up all of iflix’s content and its technology. It is understood that the company’s ...


5G Network  |  South Africa: MTN Says It Need Spectrum To Rollout 5G Network

Godfrey Motsa, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa, has asked for spectrum release to enable his organisation to implement the rollout of its 5G network plans successfully. Speaking during the virtual launch of the company’s 5G networks a ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Ethiopia: ECA Received 12 Separate Submissions For Two New Telco Licenses

The Ethiopian Communications Commission (ECA) has announced that it has received 12 distinct submissions of Expression of Interest (EoI) in the two full-service telecommunication licenses in Ethiopia deadline date of 22nd June.   According to the ECA, nine of the ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Cell C In Showdown With Workers Union Over Planned Lay-offs

The struggling South African telecoms company, Cell C, is being warned by its workers' union to expect significant pushback over its decisions to sack thousands of its workers.   The Information Communication Technology Union (ICTU) has demanded that Cell C ...


Satellite TV  |  Ghana: Education Via Television Gains Traction Amid COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic has foisted a new-normal of most of society, the demand for student education via the TV platform is gaining considerable credence in Ghana.   Reporting from the West African country indicates that free-to-air educational television channels ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: Multichoice's Battle With Lawmakers Over ‘Pay-As-You-View’ Model Is Unrelenting!

Even as it seems that the matter has been put to rest and that Multichoice Nigeria can move on, lawmakers still want Multichoice to properly account for why it is not offering a ‘Pay-as-you-view’ content access model in Nigeria.   ...


Appointment  |  Vodacom Group Appoints Sitho Mdlalose As Interim Chief Finacial Officer

Africa’s telecom group, Vodacom, has announced the appointment of Sitho Mdlalose has its interim chief financial officer (CFO). He will assume his position on July 1.   Mdlalose is currently serving as the executive director of finance for Vodacom South ...


Satellite Connectivity  |  Intelsat And Liquid Telecom Strengthen Tie To Deliver Internet Services Across Africa

Intelsat and Liquid Telecoms are, according to industry reports, extending their ongoing partnership to allow for expanded delivery of internet services in Africa.   Both organisations have been collaborating for some years now, and this new partnership arrangement, it is ...


Satellite Broadcasting  |  Satellite TV Keeps Growing In Nigeria And Ghana - SES Survey

According to the annual Satellite Monitor Survey commissioned by SES, it appears that satellite TV reception in Nigeria and Ghana have increased by approximately 23 and 19 per cent respectively in 2019 - when compared to the last time the ...


Content Services  |  BBC World Service Gets Into Partnership With MTN In Nigeria

The BBC World Service and MTN Nigeria have entered into a new partnership agreement that will see the delivery of the “BBC News Minute” bulletins on the MyMTN app to be freely consumed by subscribers. Aside from in English, the ...


Mobile Services  |  MTN Group Happy To Surpass It’s 100Millionth Data Services User

For MTN, data and digital services are central to its core strategy. And the company is now entirely focused on driving and scaling up its data services even as it celebrates its 100 million user milestone.   The Group is ...


Broadcasting  |  Multichoice Invested US$2.1 Billion In Nigeria In Last Five-Year Period

A report by Accenture has indicated that Africa’s leading video company, MultiChoice, has between 2015 and 2019 invested just over US$2.1 billion into the Nigerian economy.   According to an Accenture report, MultiChoice also spent just over US$400 million in ...


E-Learning  |  Vodacom, Microsoft To Enable Remote Learning With Affordable Connectivity

In South Africa, Microsoft and Vodacom have announced they will be joining forces to provide distant or remote learning with low-cost or ‘affordable’ connectivity plans.   The Connected Digital Education Platform that is being launched will offer learners and teachers ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telcos Gear Up For ‘Battle Royale’ Over 5G

By all indications, South African telco majors are gearing up to might big battles over who get 5G access. Telkom, MTN and Vodacom are all readying the war-chest for winning the fight.   Leading contender so far is Telkom, which ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice Showmax Withdraws Local Films With Alleged Racist Content

Multichoice Group, the behemoth of Africa’s Pay-TV entertainment and sports content has commenced the immediate review and withdrawal of some of its alleged ’racist’ film content in the wake of the global anti-racist ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.   Multichoice, has ...


Content Services  |  TNT Africa Readies For First Original Production In July

TNT Africa has announced a wide-ranging slate of original programming with the entertainment genre, with its first original movie premiere scheduled for the 4th of July.   According to executives from Warner Media Africa, TNT first original movies is the ...


Telecom  |  MTN and Vodacom Pursue Interests As Ethiopia Opens Up Some More

Africa’s largest telecoms networks are making strident overtures to secure interest in the Ethiopian telecommunications market, as the sizeable African nation begins to liberalise its telecommunications and ICT industry.   It is reported that Vodacom and MTN, the South African ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Cell C Looking To Shed Hundreds Of Workers

South Africa telco, Cell C has announced that it is a consultation process that will lead to the reduction of more than 900 of its current work-force. The affected staff could include members of the junior management cadre as well ...


Appointment  |  CEO Of Liquid Telecoms SA, Reshaad Sha, Resigns

Ms Reshaad Sha, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Liquid Telecom South Africa, is reportedly leaving the company for greener pastures with a new artificial intelligence opportunity.   Appointed in 2018 and tasked with the turnaround of the then-ailing company, ...


Infrastructure Development  |  Nigeria’s Internet Penetration Soars To Just Under 140 Million

Internet penetration in Nigeria now stands at 138.7 Million as at April 2020, according to recorded reports. This data covers access from mobile, fixed wireless and VoIP platforms.   The latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) also indicated ...


Content Production  |  Production Of SABC2 Muvhango Stopped For Fear Of Coronavirus Spread

According to reporting by 'TV with Thinus', the production set for the SABC2 Muvhango show has been shuttered to forestall possible Covid 19 spread among cast and crew.   South Africa has in place rigorous conditions for on-set health management ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Fallout As Protests Rage Over 'Controversial' Broadcasting Code - Regulator In Defensive Mode

There have been angry protestations by some members of the electronic and broadcast media industry in Nigeria over provisions of the recently released Broadcasting Code.   Media operators seem unhappy with the tenets of the new regulatory initiatives. They have ...


Content Production  |  "Cacao" - A New Drama Soap Redefines Quality Content Production In Cote d'Ivoire

"Cacao" is the new drama series that is defining what quality content and programming is for Ivorian TV.   A show about "big stakes and big egos, and the vagaries of how big business and powers try every trick to ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Multichoice To Allow ‘Lower-Tiered’ DStv Users Into JOOX Music Streaming

JOOX VIP music streaming, owned by Tencent and already part of the Multichoice offerings to its DStv premium customer is now being offered to all DStv subscribers for free for three months, until September 2020.   JOOX music streaming platform ...


Pay TV  |  Nigerians Pay Less For DStv Than Other Africans - MultiChoice Report

Multichoice has issued a report indicating that its products and services are well cheaper in Nigeria than in most of its other markets on the continent.   According to data from the report (seen on the DStv website), a Nigerian ...


Content Services  |  Netflix Renews Season Two Of SA's Teen Drama Series, Blood and Water

Gambit Films Production has announced it could soon start production on the second season of the South African series - Blood and Water, following an order by Netflix.   Further to the show's apparent success with season one - which ...


Telecom  |  Orange - the Mobile Network - Looks To Enter Nigeria and SA Market

Orange - France biggest telecoms operator is said to be eyeing the Nigerian and South Africa mobile telephone market, considering to enter the market as the earliest possible time.   Speaking to industry press, Orange's CEO, Mr Stephane Richard suggested ...


Content Services  |  M-Net Improves Drama Stable With 'Legacy' - A New Telenovela

Multichoice M-Net is bringing onboard a new telenovela called "Legacy" in a bid to drive-up content on its drama stable. The show will be flighted on its South Africa channel from September 2020.   M-Net Channels director, Mr Jan du ...


Content Production  |  Netflix Signs Original Content Deal With Nigerian Producer, Mo Abudu

Seasoned Nigerian producer - Ms Mo Abudu - has announced she has a content production deal with the mega streaming platform Netflix. As part of their agreement, Mo Abudu is set to produce for Netflix the adaptation of the classic ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Says Sports Rights Exclusivity To Cease

The Nigerian broadcast industry regulator - National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has made it clear it will be seeking to break the decades-old monopolistic sports broadcast rights structure in Nigeria.   The NBC re-affirmed that further to the provision of the ...


Sports Rights  |  SuperSport Gets Formula One TV Rights For Another Three Years

SuperSport - the sports franchise of Africa’s dominant Pay-TV player, Multichoice - has agreed to a rights extension with F1 to cover the next three years.   SuperSport has, for some years now, been the sole broadcaster of Formula One ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC: Massive Staff Lay-Off May Be Necessary As Part Of New Operating Model

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is said to be planning to shed hundreds of 'unnecessary costs' from it employee payroll soon - in-line with the dictates of its new operating model being implemented by the organisation.     Mr ...


Infrastructure Development  |  African Telecommunications Union And Ericsson Hope To Grow ICT In Africa

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has reportedly entered an understanding with Ericsson to fast track the growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in Africa.   According to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by both organisations, it is ...


Pay TV  |  Multichoice Struggles In Zimbabwe As Online Media Gain Ground

Programming issues and in-country infrastructure challenges may be besetting Multichoice in Zimbabwe, causing the pay-TV giant to struggle in that market.      A recent reporting indicated that Multichoice might have lost half of its subscribers in a relatively short ...


5G Network  |  Nigerian Communications Commission Seeks Stakeholders Input Into 5G Deployment

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is requesting input from industry stakeholders to feed into its 5G deployment policy framework.   In a public notice, the commission stated that it has a mandate under the Communications Act (2003) to implement plans ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC To Restructure To A New Operating Model - Allowing For Resilience

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced a switch to a new operating model called the "Target Operating Model." The South African public broadcaster is looking to implement this new model as, according to sources within the organisation, it ...


Data Services  |  Kenya: Safaricom Combines With YouTube To Offer Content

Safaricom is set-up to offer its customers affordable data bundles for use on YouTube content. As both Safaricom and Google say, they plan to exploit their enormous digital capabilities and reach to deliver wide-ranging content in entertainment, education, news and ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Decries ‘Unwholesome Free Satellite Transmissions

In Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission (the agency that regulates its broadcast media industry) has issued a warning against unwholesome free satellite transmission in the country.   According to a statement, the commission said it has, in recent times, observed ...


Mobile Services  |  Airtel Africa Reaches It’s 10th-Year And 110 Million Subscribers

Airtel Africa, The pan-African mobile telecommunications services provider, is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary as it also reaches a 110 million subscriber milestone.   Bharthi owned Airtel Africa currently operates across 14 countries in sub-Sahara Africa. And according to Raghunath Mandava ...


Financial Report  |  MultiChoice Group Declares Maiden Dividend After Seeing 'Solid' Annual Result

MultiChoice Group - the pan-African Pay-TV entertainment provider - has announced a buoyant set of financial report for its year-end March 2020.  Highlights from the report show that the company saw a 38% growth to its "core headline earnings" to ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice To Include Netflix And Amazon Prime Video To It's Stable

Multichoice, according to industry sources, has reached a preliminary arrangement with both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to add their content to its platform.   The arrangement, once finalised, would help Multichoice achieve its strategic business goal to enable consumers ...


Content Sales  |  AMC's Networks International To Book Advertisers In Africa - Collaborates With DStv Media Sales

UK-based AMC Networks International will start booking advertising sales for its CBS Justice channel shown in sub-Saharan Africa.   The CBS Justice channel centre mainly on forensic investigations and dramatisations of true-crime stories. The channel shows stables included "New Scotland ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  SuperSport Sees Camera And Audio Changes For Spectator-less Live Sports

After the Coronavirus induced stoppage, Multichoice SuperSport has announced the return of the English Premier League, Spanish LaLiga matches from June 2020.   SuperSport also said the broadcast of the matches will look and sound different from what viewers are ...


Regulation  |  Nigeria: New Broadcasting Code Could Risks Further Investment In Content - Reports

According to the Nigerian Vanguard Newspaper, some content distribution platforms in Nigeria are unhappy with the new national broadcasting code. Global players such as Netflix and Amazon, as well as local ones such as iROKOtv and Africa Magic, have said ...


Telecom  |  MTN Has ‘Significant Market Power In Ghana’ Says NCA

The Ghanian National Communication Authority has declared MTN as having a significant market power in the country, and this means there could be a move to take corrective actions under the relevant regulations and guidelines.   Referencing Ghana’s National Telecommunications ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: StarTimes and MTN Join Forces To Distribute Movies And Sports Content

In Nigeria, StarTimes and MTN have announced a strategic move to distribute movies and sports content. In the move, StarTimes is set to offer its video on demand (VoD) content stable to MTN subscribers at reduced data rates.   Speaking ...


Broadcasting  |  Former SABC COO Chris Maroleng Challenges His Dismissal In Court

Mr Chris Maroleng, the former Chief Operation Officer (COO) of the Southern Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is challenging his axing from the corporation in court. According to SABC press report, the court papers filed by Mr Maroleng claimed that his ...


Industry Report  |  South Africa: Smartphones Numbers Up - Fixed Broadband Numbers Down

A recently seen “State of the ICT Sector” report by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has revealed that for the year 2019, smartphones penetration in the South African market was more than 90%. The country also registered ...


Content Services  |  'Trackers', Original Series From M-Net Goes On HBO Cinemax

According to an insider report, 'Trackers', an original M-Net show will go global when it debuts on America's HBO Cinemax global broadcast channel. 'Trackers' is the M-Net's big-budget show adapted from the crime novel by Deon Meyer. Having already been ...


Investment  |  Amazon Is Exploring A US$ 2Billion Investment In Airtel

Industry reports are indicating that Amazon.com is early-stage talks to buy up to 5% stake in the business of mobile operators - Bharti Airtel, the owners of Airtel. According to Reuters, the investment talk seems credible enough. If it does ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: InfraCo Broadband Licensees To Start Implementation Soon

Professor Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, has expressed his confidence that the time is now for licensed Internet Broadband Infrastructure companies (Infracos) to start service roll out nationally.   The telecom regulator, speaking at a recent ...


Content Services  |  Production Of M-Net Telenovela "The River" Stopped Due To Covid-19 Positive Test

Tshedza Pictures, the producers of the Telenovela "The River" has said it is shuttering the set of the show for deep decontamination cleaning after unnamed member tested positive for Covid-19. The River's production activities just got started back again after weeks of ...


Content Services  |  DStv Campaigns To Bring Back Premium Subscribers As 'Live Sports' Return To TV

As live sports return to TV screens across the globe, South Africa's DStv is actively engaged in a campaign to lure back subscribers that have hitherto cancelled their DStv premium subscription.   These subscribers have been receiving text messaging coming ...


Music and Entertainment  |  Universal Music Brings 'Def Jam Recording' To Africa

The giant music label, Universal Music, has announced it will establish "Def Jam Africa" as a permanent division within its organisation. To be headed by Mr Sipho Dlamini, the Sub-Saharan Africa managing director for Universal Music, and with offices in ...


Regulation  |  Nigeria: Lawmakers Directs Multichoice To Suspend Planned Price Increase

The Nigerian House of Representatives (its national law-making body) has weighed into the on the planned Multichoice price service increase.   The House is reported to have directed the management of Multichoice Nigeria (the owners of DStv and GOtv platforms) ...


Television  |  As CNBC Africa Turns 13, Owners Explore New Operating Models Post COVID-19

CBNC Africa - the quintessential news channel providing localised, Africa-focused business news is this week, celebrating its thirteen years on-air.   Launched by the African Broadcasting Network (ABN), CNBC Africa - franchised from the American CNBC TV network - is ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  MTN Plans New 5G Networks This Month - June 2020

MTN - the South Africa headquartered -  pan-African telecommunications company is, according to reports, planning its 5G launch this month (June 2020). MTN has already started promoting its 5G proposition on its Y'ello magazine.   Y'ello has tied the MTN's ...


Industry Support  |  South Africa: Kagiso Media To Donate US$50K For Hunger Relief

In South Africa, the owners of Kagiso Media have pledged just over 50 thousand US dollars (1million ZAR) to support the feeding programmes in the Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal regions of the country.   Kagiso Media will use its Jacaranda ...


BMA LeaderIN Spotlight  |  "We Are All About Originality, Producing Home-Grown Content With Integrity And Flair" - Bradley Joshua, Gambit Films

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) is proud to shine the spotlight on Gambit Films as featured 'LeaderIN': Creation and Production Of Quality Local Content With Global Acclaim. Gambit Films is an independent, multi-award-winning film and television production company, comprised of talented and ...


Satellite Services  |  Intelsat Reassures Multichoice Africa There Is No Effect On Services Despite 'Financial Restructuring'

Satellite services company, Intelsat has reassured DStv, and it's other clients in Africa that its services are not affected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that it is seeking in the United States. Speaking to MyBroadband, Intelsat spokesperson clarified that ...


Content Services  |  America’s CW Network Delays Start Of New Season, Impacting MultiChoice Channels In Africa - Reports

The CW Network in the United States that has postponed the September start of its series to 2021 due to COVID-19, directly impacting MultiChoice’s M-Net (DStv 101), 1Magic (DStv 103) and M-Net City (DStv 115) channels on DStv. America’s CW ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Bumps Heads With Regulator Over Telco Licence

Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) and the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) are at odds over the decision to issue a class comprehensive Telecoms Service Licence to the municipality of the city of Windhoek. According to MTC, the licence ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Adds Dunamis TV Channel To Its Offering

Dunamis TV, the official television channel of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, is now available on StarTimes across Africa. According to David Zhang, the CEO of StarTimes, TV viewers across Africa will from now enjoy Dunamis’ excellent religious programmes on the ...


Connectivity  |  Angola Cables Partners With China Telecom Global For Long-Haul Connectivity

China Telecom Global (CTG), has chosen Angola Cables as their preferred carrier to strengthen their long-haul links between Africa, Asia and Latam. Through the partnership, the two companies will roll out an express transmission route to connect South Africa, Brazil ...


Local Film  |  Zimbabwe Local Film 'Cook Off' Makes History With Netflix Deal - Reports

The Local film "Cook Off" will make history when it becomes the first local production from Zimbabwe to show on the global VOD service Netflix which has more than 160 million subscribers. "Cook Off" filmmakers confirmed that they had sealed ...


Telecom  |  MTN Reduces Spending To Save Cash During COVID-19 - Reports

The MTN Group has confirmed that it has reduced spending plans for the full year in order to focus on preserving cash and maintaining its networks as it navigates the Covid-19 pandemic. The mobile giant released a statement saying that ...


Content Services  |  BBC Africa Rolls Out 'The Breakdown' For Weekly COVID-19 Coverage Across The Continent

BBC Africa has rolled out The Breakdown as a weekly COVID-19 TV special which will provide a summary about the spread of the deadly coronavirus, targeted specifically for African viewers. The broadcaster will also continue to air the Africa Coronavirus Minute that is done ...


Network Infrastructure  |  Facebook, MTN And Vodafone Partner To Deploy Undersea Cable For Cheaper Internet In Africa

Facebook, Vodafone, MTN and others have just announced plans to roll out Africa’s largest undersea cable – which aims to lower data prices. The 2Africa cable is expected to go live between 2023 and 2024. It is being built by ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA’s Local Content Quota Exemption Receives Luke-Warm Response From Producers’ Organisation - Reports

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) decision to exempt TV broadcasters from local content quotas during the COVID-19 national lockdown could destroy the sector, which is already struggling during this time, and also contradicts the government’s appeal to ...


Connectivity  |  Vodacom Joins Connectivity Alliance For Expansion In Mozambique

Vodacom and Alphabet’s Loon have inked a deal to use Loon’s balloon-powered internet solutions to expand Vodacom’s network in Mozambique. According to a joint statement released by the parties, Loon has agreed to help Vodacom provide its services to unserved ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Malawi: Civil Society Organisations Take Legal Action Against Public Broadcaster MBC - Reports

Malawi’s Civil society organisations (CSOs) are reportedly demanding immediate suspension of the provision of broadcasting services by the nation’s public broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for allegedly beaming on its TV foul language against the State Vice President Dr Saulos ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa’s Net Profit Dropped By 21% During Last Quarter - Reports

Airtel Africa yesterday reported a 21% decline in its total net profit at $65 million for the quarter that ended on March 31. This was a significant drop in comparison to the $82 million net profit made in the corresponding ...


Local Content  |  Netflix To Roll Out South African Teen Drama Series ‘Blood & Water’

On Wednesday, May 20, Netflix will roll out its newest African Original series, Blood & Water, internationally. Blood & Water follows the story of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo, as she deals with her transfer to the prestigious Parkhurst College, to investigate ...


Telecom  |  AirtelTigo Gears Up To Roll Out Free Data And Browsing In Ghana - Reports

The Ghanaian telecoms operator, AirtelTigo has announced its collaboration with the popular mobile web browser Opera Mini to provide free browsing and data on the Opera Mini browser as well as on the Opera News App for three months. Through ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Newzroom Afrika Sets The Pace With New Breakfast Show On DStv

This week Newzroom Afrika’s new breakfast show, AM Report, made its debut. Anchored by the popular journalist Michelle Craig – the newest member of the Newzroom Afrika team – alongside Ayanda Nyathi, with Benjamin Leshoro handling the sports desk. AM Report is a ...


5G  |  NCC Says 5G Is Not Yet In Use In Nigeria - Reports

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied the recent rumours about the use of 5G technology in many parts of the country, according to CommunicationsWeek. The regulator said that false information had been doing the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, ...


Radio Spectrum  |  Zimbabwe: Regulator Grants Free Temporary Spectrum To Telcos To Boost Data Capacity - Reports

The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has reportedly allocated the nation’s three mobile network operators free spectrum until the end of the year as part of its measures to ensure affordable data to the consumers in the ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Adds Timeless Drama Channel And Gametoon To Its Offering

The African pay-TV operator StarTimes in partnership with SPI International have expanded their distribution agreement by including the Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) and Gametoon. The agreement is in addition to the distribution of Fashionbox and Filmbox Africa on StarTimes, and ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: ‘Gomora’ Becomes Most-Watched Show On DStv – Uncrowning 'The Queen’ - Reports

Gomora has only been on South Africa’s screens for a month, and yet it has reportedly taken the world of entertainment by storm. From casting some of the country’s most well-known actors and also introducing the audience to new talent – ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Group Sees Increase In Subscribers And Revenue - Reports

Vodacom has shared its preliminary results for the year that ended on 31 March 2020, showing a rise in revenue and subscriber growth across the group. The company said that its group revenue is up by 4.8% while its group ...


Internet Connectivity  |  Nigeria’s Broadband Penetration Rises As 3.3 Million New Users Join Internet - NCC Report

According to the latest industry report released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s telecommunications regulator, the total number of active users of the internet in Nigeria increased by 3.29 million and hit approximately 132.01 million at the end ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  Bundesliga To Return To StarTimes Nigeria On May 16 After COVID-19 Halt - Reports

Football lovers are getting ready for some live football action as the German football league, the DFL, revealed that the Bundesliga would return back to the air on May 16 to deliver high-octane football drama which had been on pause ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe’s Telecel Dismisses Fake News On Closure - Reports

Telecel Zimbabwe has dismissed the reports claiming that it was given 30 days by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) to close down as fake news. The telco said that this was a mischievous attempt by its ...


Industry Survey  |  Lack Of Structured Financing Is The Biggest Obstacle To Creating World-Class Local Content In Africa – Industry Survey

A good number of industry professionals responding to the industry Survey (conducted by this platform) on “Creating ‘Quality’ Local Content For Global Digital Audiences”, have identified the lack of structured financial infrastructure as the main barrier to creating “world-class” local ...


Content Services  |  South Africa’s Top Drama Series 'Uzalo' Runs Out Of Episodes - Reports

South Africa’s most-watched drama series Uzalo on SABC1 has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be going off the air for five weeks because the production company and the SABC have reportedly run out of episodes. The last new ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Predicts Ethiopia Deal Will Open Gateway To Africa - Reports

Kenya’s leading mobile phone operator Safaricom is basing its future pan-African expansion plans on Ethiopia’s market even as the Ethiopian government wavers on opening up the nation’s economy to foreign investments. Safaricom is betting on Ethiopia’s planned privatisation of the ...


Music Streaming  |  Spotify Rolls Out Premium Family Plan In South Africa

Spotify has rolled out its Premium Family plan in South Africa, granting six people access to Spotify Premium through one shared subscription for only R100 ($5.39) per month. Premium Family offers each member an individual Spotify account so that they ...


Telecom  |  Econet Hikes Data Prices By 225 Percent As Zimbabwe Reels From Covid-19 - Reports

Econet Wireless has reportedly hiked its data prices by up to 225 percent overnight earlier this week – sparking much anger from hard-up Zimbabweans. The increase in the cost of data could not have come at a worse time for ...


Industry Survey  |  In-House Productions - Funded Via Internal Budget - Is How Content Is Acquired, Says 60% Of Broadcast Content Commissioners Across Africa

The majority of content commissioners and acquirers responding to the currently ongoing industry Survey (by Broadcast Media Africa -BMA) on “Creating ‘Quality’ Local Content For Global Digital Audiences”, have revealed that they predominantly use internal budgets to finance their in-house ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Govt Grants Two-Month Licence Fee Waiver To Broadcast Stations Amid COVID-19 - Reports

Nigeria’s Federal Government has granted a two-month licence fee waiver to terrestrial broadcast stations as part of its various efforts to ease the negative effect of the global coronavirus pandemic on the broadcast sector in the country. The nation’s Minister ...


Industry Survey  |  Most Content Creators And Producers In Africa Rely On Self-Funding To Finance Projects - Industry Survey

The current BMA industry survey on local content production in Africa has established that for most content creation/production projects to get off the ground and move forward, producers and content creators will have to risk a substantial amount of personal ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Zimbabwe’s POTRAZ Grants Internet Access Provider DFA Licence To Operate Locally

The Remgro-controlled fibre company Dark Fibre Africa has become the first telecoms provider in 10 years to receive an operating licence in Zimbabwe, paving the way for the operator to build a network there. The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority ...


Local Film  |  Moroccan Film “Myopia” Bags Award In Virtual Canadian Film Festival

The film “Myopia” by a Moroccan filmmaker Sanaa Akroud has won an award and an honourable mention at the 36th “Vues d’Afrique” film festival. The film festival took place virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The annual festival normally ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Tribunal Eases Regulations For Airtel And Telkom Merger

Airtel and Telkom Kenya now have the option to sell up to 40 percent of their merged business following a ruling made by Kenya’s Competition Tribunal, which eased some regulatory orders that had prohibited any sale contracts over the next ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zambia: Govt Urges Prime TV To Make New Application For Its Broadcasting License – Reports

Zambia’s government has reportedly urged the privately-owned TV station Prime TV to submit a new application for its broadcasting license. The Permanent Secretary of Zambia’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, Amos Malupenga, said that this is because the shutdown ...


Connectivity  |  Angola Cables Sees 170% Growth In Traffic

Angola Cables has recorded 170% growth in traffic on its IP Network during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year. Although a large portion of the growth can be attributed to the rapid surge in ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA Exempts SABC From Local TV Content Quotas

When South Africa entered the national COVID-19 lockdown in March, many local production houses were forced to shut down for the foreseeable future. A direct result of this is that the SABC no longer has access to the production houses ...


5G  |  Vodacom Rolls Out 5G Mobile Network In South Africa

The mobile operator Vodacom announced on Monday that it had switched on Africa’s first-ever live 5G mobile network in three cities in South Africa, with more rollouts scheduled for other parts of the country. Vodacom was recently allocated temporary spectrum ...


Industry Survey  |  Stronger Funding And Financial Support Needed For African Content To Truly Go Global - BMA Industry Survey

Africa’s content creators, producers and publishers are almost unanimous in the belief that what is most needed for Africa’s local content to play on the global stage is more substantial and easily accessible funding and financing support infrastructure. The currently ...


Video-On-Demand  |  VOD Company IROKO Places 28% Of Nigerian Staff On Unpaid Leave Over COVID-19 Crisis

VoD Company IROKO Places 28% Of Nigerian Staff On Unpaid Leave Over COVID-19 Crisis The Nigerian video-on-demand (VoD) company IROKO has placed 28 percent of its team members on unpaid leave as it aims to minimise losses during the COVID-19 ...


Telecom  |  Ethiopia Announces 11 May As Deadline For Telecoms Competition Consultation

Ethiopia has set 11 May as the official deadline for its consultation on the terms of the nation’s first competitive telecoms licences. The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has so far issued three consultations – on consumer rights, dispute resolution and ...


Local Content  |  Netflix Rolls Out ‘Made In Africa’ Collection

Netflix has announced the introduction of its ‘Made in Africa’ collection - a carefully curated list of African films, documentaries and films - to celebrate Africa Month and also to demonstrate Netflix’s commitment to Africa and the continent’s creative community. ...


Telecom  |  MTN Cameroon Delays CEO Hendrik Kasteel’s Departure Due To COVID-19 - Reports

Hendrik Kasteel will remain the CEO of MTN Cameroon – for now. Kasteel was scheduled to leave the mobile operator at the end of March 2020, but the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has delayed the process, according to an unnamed ...


Industry Survey  |  To Succeed In Africa, Content Storylines Must Resonate With Local Audiences - BMA’s Industry Survey Is Confirming

Respondents to the currently ongoing industry Survey (by Broadcast Media Africa -BMA) on “Creating ‘Quality’ Local Content For Global Digital Audiences”, have identified the great consequence of scripts and storylines that resonates as a major success driver for content creation and production ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Film And TV Industry Back At Work Amid COVID-19 – Under Strict Rules

South Africa's film and TV sector got the approval to reopen, but as cameras start rolling, it won't be business as usual.  After the country's film and TV industry were frozen to a complete standstill for over five weeks during ...


Pay TV  |  DStv Under Fire Across Africa Over ‘Ancient Content’ Repeats - Reports

The pay-TV operator, Multichoice has come under fire in Africa over’ ancient content’ and repeats of broadcasts on DStv’s channels. In South Africa, a petition on change.org has been signed by 189,385 people so far, demanding DStv to give South ...


Connectivity  |  Liquid Telecom Boosts Connectivity In East Africa Amid COVID-19

The pan-African telecoms operator Liquid Telecom has made it possible for East Africa Community (EAC) member states to continue functioning as close to normal as possible despite the coronavirus pandemic. By deploying superior digital and connectivity solutions across Liquid Telecom’s ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC’s Full-Time Education Channel Goes Live

As of today, 4 May 2020, an exclusive SABC channel dedicated only to educational content will go live. According to a statement issued by the national broadcaster, the SABC Education channel will first be available on YouTube and Digital Terrestrial ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Competition Regulator Reaches Agreement With MTN Over Data Pricing In South Africa - Reports

South Africa’s Competition Commission has reportedly reached an agreement with MTN regarding the reduction of its data prices. The agreement includes the slashing of the price of 30-day prepaid bundles of up to 1GB of data – which will now ...


Local Content  |  Netflix Announces Its Next African Original - South African Dance Drama JIVA!

Netflix has announced that it has commissioned yet another South African original drama series, JIVA! as part of its growing offering of Netflix African originals. The series follows the dance trials and tribulations of a Durban working-class girl Ntombi, who fights off ...


Connectivity  |  Kenya: Safaricom Considers Rural Connectivity Plan

Safaricom’s mobile data revenue has increased by 12% to record $379 million according to the telco’s year results released recently. The boost in revenue was due to the growth of 4G smartphone use and more favourable data packages that included ...


Pay TV  |  100k South Africans Petition For DStv To Cut Prices - Reports

More than 100,000 South Africans have reportedly signed an online petition calling for MultiChoice’s DStv to decrease its prices – as it has done in other countries across Africa – during the current COVID-19 pandemic. A closer look at the ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe: Econet Wireless Calls On Suppliers To Slash Prices Amid Covid-19

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator, has called on its suppliers to consider cutting prices by a minimum of 20% from May 1 due to the tough economic environment that has been brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The telco’s ...


Spotlight Interview  |  Asif Sheikh – Founder of A24 Media – Aims To Bring Diversity To Storytelling In Africa

The Founder and CEO of one of the largest digitized video archives and production hubs on the African continent, Africa 24 Media, Mr Asif Sheikh, has a great passion for Africa and its people and is on a mission to ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria’s Shares Rise In First Quarter Despite COVID-19

The MTN Group’s shares rose by more than 4% in Johannesburg on Wednesday after its largest unit, MTN Nigeria Communications, achieved a solid financial report for the first quarter which ended on 31 March 2020. Year-on-year service revenue rose by ...


OTT Services  |  StarTimes Kenya Rolls Out New Online Platform, StarTimes GO, For Subscribers To Shop From Their TVs

Pay-TV operator StarTimes Kenya has rolled out an online shopping platform for its subscribers. Named StarTimes GO, the new platform will offer the customers access to an enhanced shopping experience through its integrated services that are available via TV, Online ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Zimbabwe’s Radio Legend Peter Johns Dies

The Zimbabwean radio legend Peter Johns has died at age 60. The former Radio 3 presenter passed away on Monday at a hospital in London after battling a heart operation and three strokes, friends said. A childhood friend DJ King ...


Radio Spectrum  |  Ghana To Allocate Additional Spectrum To MTN And Vodafone Amid COVID-19

To accommodate the sudden surge in internet traffic during the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo has instructed the Ministry of Communications to allocate additional spectrum to MTN and Vodafone, free of charge. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Communications Minister, said ...


Content Services  |  DStv To Remove TV Mall Shopping Channel After Two-Year Run

MultiChoice has announced that its telesales experiment with TV Mall has come to an end and that the TV Mall channel that will be removed from DStv at the end of April after broadcasting for two years. MultiChoice added the ...


Telecom  |  Telecom Networks Malawi To Roll Out Free Internet To Learners

Malawi’s telecoms operator Telecom Networks Malawi (TNM) has signed an agreement with the country’s Ministry of Education to provide free internet services to learners following the closure of schools across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic. Under ...


Local Content  |  Netflix Renews First African Original Series 'Queen Sono’ For Second Season

The espionage spy thriller Queen Sono has officially been renewed for another season. Netflix announced the news earlier this week and confirmed that the stars of the show, Pearl Thusi, Sechaba Morojele, Vuyo Dabula, Chi Mhende, Rob Van Vuuren, Loyiso ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe: ZBC Board Welcomes New Acting CEO

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board has appointed its Non-Executive Director Ms Helliate Rushwaya as the national broadcaster’s new acting Chief Executive Officer. A communications and media training specialist with more than 20 years of industry experience, Rushwaya has worked ...


Telecom  |  9Mobile Nigeria Strengthens Online Self-Service Channels During COVID-19

As a measure to assist subscribers in coping with disruptions, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also to help minimise the spread of the virus through the lockdown in many cities across Nigeria, 9mobile is strengthening its virtual and online ...


Telecom  |  Telkom South Africa’s Mobile Network Takes A Knock Due To Lockdown Usage - Reports

Telkom South Africa’s mobile network has reportedly taken a hit in recent weeks, with users experiencing much slower download speeds and higher latency compared to the period before the COVID-19 lockdown started. Over the past few weeks, Telkom subscribers have ...


Mobile Platforms  |  Facebook Expands Coronavirus Information Centre Across Africa

Facebook has announced that it is rolling out its Coronavirus Information Centre to 24 more countries across Africa in a bid to deliver accurate news from trusted health authorities. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Centre appears at the top of the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa’s Broadcasters Make Drastic Changes To Deal With COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown have necessitated some drastic operational changes at South Africa’s major TV broadcasters. The SABC and Etv have revealed that they respectively have implemented several measures to ensure that they are able to continue providing ...


Telecom  |  MTN Group To Decrease Majority Stake In Nigeria - Reports

MTN Group Ltd has confirmed that it intends to push on with plans to reduce its majority stake in its Nigerian operations, but the turmoil that is being caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may require that the sale be ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Kenya Offers 5% Discount To App Users

The pay-TV operator StarTimes Kenya has rolled out a payment platform where subscribers will enjoy a five percent discount for making use of the StarTimes ON App to pay for their packages. The company’s Regional Marketing Director, Aldrine Nsubuga, said ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  ICASA And Telkom South Africa Embroiled In Spectrum Spat - Reports

South Africa’s communications regulator ICASA is involved in a dispute with Telkom following the regulator’s allocation of additional spectrum to the nation’s telcos. Telkom, the telco that operates both cellular and landline services, claims that the regulator has “expropriated” a ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Unveils Discount Plans For Home Broadband Subscribers In Nigeria

As part of its latest efforts to broaden Home Broadband connectivity as well as offer its Home Broadband subscribers in Nigeria more value for money, Airtel has announced the launch of Ultra Plans. This new offering will empower the users ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Kaya FM Comes Out Victorious At The 10th South African Radio Awards

On 17 April 2020, members of South Africa’s radio fraternity tuned in from different parts of the country to celebrate outstanding achievements in South African radio broadcasting. Now in its 10th year, the highly prestigious South African Radio Awards were ...


Internet Connectivity  |  Ghana’s New Connectivity Deal To Focus On Underserved Areas

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), an agency that falls under the country’s Ministry of Communications, has joined forces with the OpenRAN provider Parallel Wireless to deploy mobile telephony connectivity to various underserved and unserved areas in Ghana. ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Eutelsat Secures Multi-Year Contract With RCS Ghana

Eutelsat has announced that it has secured a multi-year contract with RCS Ghana to deliver capacity for the broadcasting of its DTH bouquet bringing content. RCS will use the Ku-Band band capacity available on Eutelsat 7B to broadcast its FTA ...


Content Services  |  South Africa’s Popular TV Series Run Low On New Episodes Amid Lockdown - Reports

Two of South Africa’s most popular TV series, Uzalo and Isibaya are the first daily dramas in the country to run out of episodes due to the current national lockdown. SABC has confirmed that Uzalo, the number one TV show ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Malawi Rewards DStv And GOtv Subscribers For Staying Connected During COVID-19

During these challenging times of coronavirus (COVID-19) in which people are required to stay at home, GOtv and DStv are doing their bit in lightening the load with some good news for subscribers. From Monday, this week, DStv and GOtv ...


Telecom  |  Ethio Telecom Rolls Out Services To Encourage Self-Isolation Amid COVID-19

Last week the Ethiopian telecoms operator, Ethio Telecom, introduced a new range of services aimed at limiting the movement of people outside of their homes and decreasing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Firehiwot Tamiru, the Chief Executive Officer of ...


Mobile Money  |  Malawi Telecoms Operators Waive Mobile Money Fees In Response To COVID-19

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) and Airtel Malawi have scrapped user fees on all personal transfers within the same network for the next three months. The companies have confirmed that they have removed 100% ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zambia: Free Press Initiative Calls For Govt To Re-Open Prime TV

Free Press Initiative (FPI) Zambia says that it is hopeful that Dora Siliya, Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, will soon respond favourably to Prime Television’s recent appeal against the cancellation of its broadcasting license. In a statement released ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe: Liquid Telecom Launches Toll-Free COVID-19 Helpline

Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe, in collaboration with Kamba Technologies and Innscor Africa, has provided tech infrastructure, financial support and expertise to roll out a dedicated call centre and national toll-free ‘2023’ helpline to relay information about COVID-19 to Zimbabwean citizens. According ...


Telecom  |  MTN Zambia Partners With Simfy To Roll Out Instant Messaging App

MTN Zambia, in collaboration with Simfy Africa, has officially rolled out the free instant messaging app ‘Ayoba’ which is now available for Android devices and downloadable from the Google’s Play Store. On the Ayoba App, users can send and receive ...


Broadcast Rights  |  StarTimes Makes Partial Payment Towards Ghana Football Association TV Rights Deal - Reports

The Ghana Premier League has been boosted financially by the television rights holder StarTimes as each club in the top-flight has been allocated $5,000 as a partial payment of the rights deal. The money has come as a massive boost ...


Industry Survey  |  BMA To Survey African Content Creation And Production For Global Platforms And Audiences

The industry information and intelligence platform, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), has announced that as part of its current Programme focused on the Creation, Production, Distribution and Monetisation of African (Local) Content, it is launching an industry-wide survey on “Creating ‘Quality’ Local Content For ...


Film Making  |  South Africa: Film Makers Say COVID-19 Relief Fund Is Insufficient And Inaccessible For Most - Reports

South Africa’s film industry, which employs approximately 25,000 people, has come to a complete halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a 2017 study that was commissioned by the National Film and Video Foundation, the film sector contributed over ...


Video-On-Demand  |  New Streaming Service, Huawei Video, Launches In South Africa

The subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, Huawei Video, has launched in South Africa. The platform offers 10 000 hours of content and 30 million short clips and is now actively looking for local South African content to add to its service. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Pledges To Invest $238K In Community TV Stations

As part of the MultiChoice Group’s (MCG’s) continued initiative to support the local video entertainment sector, the company has pledged to support three of South Africa’s community TV stations with an investment of over $238 000. The pay-TV giant says ...


Radio Spectrum  |  MTN South Africa Will Begin To Use Additional Spectrum In Six Weeks - Reports

MTN South Africa has announced that it will be ready to use the additional spectrum allocated to it by the communications regulator ICASA within the next four to six weeks. Last week ICASA revealed that it had allocated temporary spectrum ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe Relaxes Lockdown Regulations For Telecommunications - Reports

The government of Zimbabwe has made some changes to the country’s initial lockdown regulations after declaring telecoms companies and their workers essential. The country’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa had announced a two-week extension of the current movement restrictions to 3 May ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Sued Over Inaccessible Information On COVID-19 - Reports

Three organisations that represent people who are deaf and visually impaired have sued the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) demanding to be provided with accurate information and updates on the coronavirus pandemic in a format which is accessible to them. The ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom Zambia Welcomes New CEO

Mark Townsend has been appointed as the new CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia. He will be responsible for the strategic management and leadership of Liquid Telecom’s business operations across the country.     Mark was raised in Zambia and has ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Kenya Rolls Out Online App Recharge Platform

In an effort to encourage its subscribers to avoid cash-handling as a result of the threats that are posed by the coronavirus outbreak, the pay-TV Company StarTimes Media has introduced an online platform that will allow subscribers to renew their ...


Radio Spectrum  |  Vodacom Welcomes ICASA’s Allocation Of Temporary Spectrum In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has allocated temporary spectrum to, among other recipients, MTN, Vodacom, Rain, Telkom and Liquid Telecom according to a report from ITWeb. The regulator has responded to 35 applications amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ...


Telecom  |  MTN May Face Legal Action For Delaying Data Price Cuts – Competition Commission, South Africa

The Competition Commission has revealed that it may be forced to take legal action against MTN after many months of negotiations on data price cuts that had not yielded any results. As much as MTN has now announced price reductions ...


Content Services  |  DStv: SuperSport Channel To Add Daily Sports Films For 60 Days

With a lack of live sports action due to the global coronavirus pandemic MultiChoice and SuperSport have announced that they will now broadcast a sports film every day, starting from today, the 17th of April 2020 for the next two ...


Telecom  |  Saudi Telecom Delays Buying Vodafone Egypt Shares By 90 Days Due To COVID-19

The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has announced that it will be extending the timeframe for buying a majority stake in Vodafone’s Egypt operations by 90 days as it needs a bit more time to complete the deal. The telecom company ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom To Invest $26 Million On Network As Traffic Increases During Lockdown - Reports

Vodacom has announced that it will invest $26.7 million over two months to boost network capacity and increase the network’s resilience during South Africa’s national lockdown period, which was extended by two weeks to the 30th of April 2020 due ...


Content Services  |  Ghana Rolls Out Learning Channel On DStv And GOtv

MultiChoice Ghana Ltd has joined forces with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to support the rollout of the Ghana Learning TV channel on both the DStv and GOtv platforms from ...


Broadcasting Services  |  NBC Foresees COVID-19 Presenting Opportunities And Challenges For Namibian Media - Reports

Stanley Similo, the Director-General of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) said that the broadcaster reaches over 1,6 million people daily via its various platforms and it is fully prepared to keep Namibians informed about COVID-19. He noted that there had ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Gains 70% Rise In Fixed Internet Use During Kenya’s COVID-19 Lockdown

The Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom said that its fixed internet consumption has increased by 70 percent as subscribers adhere to the government’s call to stay at home in efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. Mobile data ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice To Remove ITV Choice Channel From DStv - Reports

MultiChoice has confirmed that it has decided to cut the British pay-TV channel ITV Choice from its DStv satellite platform. The company said that DStv would no longer broadcast ITV Choice on DStv effective from the 4th of June 2020. ...


Content Services  |  France 24 TV News Channel Increases COVID-19 Pandemic Coverage For Viewers Across Africa

Amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, France Médias Monde has announced that its media outlets, Radio France Internationale (RFI) and its TV news channel France 24 have taken steps to help African audiences, mainly the French-speaking regions of sub-Saharan Africa, information ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Telkom And Cell C Sign Agreements With South Africa’s Competition Commission - Reports

Telecoms operators Telkom and Cell C have reportedly inked agreements with the Competition Commission over IP Connect’s pricing as well as data prices respectively. Telkom agreed to reduce wholesale broadband access fees response to IP Connect pricing concerns raised last ...


Radio Spectrum  |  Ghana: Govt Allocates Free Spectrum To MTN And Vodafone For COVID-19 Period

Ghana’s Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has revealed that the government had through the National Communication Authority (NCA) given spectrum to telcos in Ghana so that they may provide improved internet services during the COVID-19 period. Owusu-Ekuful told the press ...


Telecom  |  Cell C Rolls Out “Missed Call” Service In South Africa

Cell C has rolled out StarCALL, which allows subscribers with a zero balance the ability to ping someone to call them back. This will take the form of a missed call on the recipient’s phone, even though customers usually can’t ...


Radio Spectrum  |  South Africa: ICASA Receives Applications For Allocation Of Temporary Spectrum

South Africa’s telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), said that it had received approximately 35 applications for temporary allocation of radio frequency spectrum to improve communications during the national lockdown. In March, the government had instructed ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BTV World Channel Launched In North Africa Via Bangabandhu Satellite

Bangladesh’s state-owned Bangladesh Television (BTV) has launched its broadcast in North African countries to meet the interest of local viewers, especially expatriate Bangladeshis, via the Bangabandhu satellite. The Bangladeshi satellite “Bangabandhu-1” in partnership with Thaicom-6, a Thai satellite, is responsible ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zambia: ZNBC Employees Not Paid Since February - Reports

The Zambia Union of Broadcasters and Other Information Disseminators (ZUBID), has revealed that ZNBC has not paid its employees since February. The union, last week Wednesday, reportedly gave a 24 hours’ ultimatum to the Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (ZNBC), to ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Partners With Content Providers To Offer Free Digital Learning

Safaricom has joined forces with Longhorn Publishers, Viusasa and Eneza Education to provide free access to educational programming for primary and secondary school students to enable them to study from home. The partnership with Eneza Education will offer learners from ...


Content Services  |  A+E Networks Rolls Out Content That Resonates In Africa

Five years ago, when A+E Networks opened its offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, the History Channel had been broadcasting on DStv since 2003, and Crime + Investigation since 2007. Lifetime entered the local market in 2014 and became available on ...


Mobile Money  |  South Africa: MTN Waives Mobile Money Fees

MTN has rolled out MoMo social bundles in South Africa, at the lowest-ever social media data bundle prices the telco has offered to date – and it announced that it is waiving fees for MoMo cash services. The introduction of ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Vodacom Play’s VOD Collaboration With MGM To Roll-Out Across Southern Africa Region

Vodacom’s VoD service, Vodacom Play, has announced that it will be moving beyond its South African base over the next few weeks. In an interview with Balancing Act Africa, Zubair Munshi, Vodacom’s Executive Head of Video, spoke about signing MGM ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: TV Ratings Hit A Record High During COVID-19 Lockdown - Reports

South Africa’s national lockdown period to try and curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has given rise to some record TV ratings in the country with millions of viewers tuning in to watch the news and more entertainment content. ...


Telecom  |  Zambia’s Zamtel Launches New Offering Amid COVID-19 Crisis

In an effort to remain relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic affecting its subscribers, Zambian telecoms services provider Zamtel has rolled out free calling, free data and free message services. The company is looking at ways to alleviate the pressure on ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Rolls Out Free Online Master Classes

The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has announced that it will be launching a series of masterclasses on their online portal. The masterclasses will offer exclusive access to various industry expert-led skills workshops that will afford film and TV professionals the ...


Mobile Money  |  Telkom Kenya Shuts Down 25,000 Mobile Money Agents

Telkom Kenya has shut down approximately 90 per cent of its mobile money agent division T-Kash. The move comes after a recent push by the telco to revamp its fintech unit in a harsh market environment, even as it admitted ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zambia: Govt Removes Prime TV From TopStar Platform - Reports

The Zambian government’s recent decision to remove Prime TV from the TopStar digital migration platform has reportedly been criticised by many media groups and opposition political parties among other stakeholders. Zambia’s largest privately-owned TV station was abruptly removed from the ...


Telecom  |  Telkom South Africa: 2300 Prospective Retrenchees Opt For Voluntary Severance Packages - Reports

Approximately 2 300 Telkom staff members have opted for voluntary severance packages since the rollout of a business restructuring process earlier this year, according to the telco’s Spokesperson, Namalungelo Faku. In January, Telkom announced that almost 3 000 jobs were ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Collaborates With Department Of Education To Launch Learner Support Content On TV And Radio

South Africa’s national public broadcaster, SABC, and the Department of Basic Education have rolled out a multi-media learner support initiative titled “COVID-19 Learner Support”. The project is aimed at limiting the impact of the national lockdown to the school calendar ...


Telecom  |  Helios Towers Halts African Investment Plans During COVID-19 Outbreak

Despite having more than US$350-million at hand to finance its various expansion plans for Africa, the telecoms tower infrastructure company, Helios Towers, recently announced that it could not go ahead with the investment due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic ...


5G  |  Nigeria Completes 5G Trial Amidst Conspiracy Theories - Reports

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that Nigeria has successfully completed its 5G trials. While reiterating that 5G is not yet operational in Nigeria, the communications industry regulator said that it had approved the trialling of the technology in ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: FREETV Agrees To Provide Unrestricted Access To Subscribers During COVID-19 Lockdown

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that FREETV has agreed to give unrestricted access to subscribers during the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The announcement was made by Ekanem Antia, the Assistant Director of Public ...


Telecom  |  Econet Welcomes New Deputy CEO

Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless recently announced that Roy Chimanikire had been appointed as the company’s new Deputy Chief Executive Officer and that he had stepped into the role on 1 April 2020. Mr Chimanikire joined Econet Wireless in 2009 from Deloitte ...


Content Services  |  DStv Nigeria Rolls Out Plus TV Africa Channel

Plus TV Africa has announced its launch on the Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) in Nigeria. In a statement last week, Kayode Akintemi, the Editor-In-Chief of Plus TV Africa, said that the television channel would be a platform for broadcasting news. ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Sees Increased Usage Of Free 'DStv Now’ Service Amidst COVID-19 Lockdown

During South Africa’s national COVID-19 lockdown, MultiChoice has reported increased usage of DStv Now, the online version of DStv which is free to DStv subscribers. There is also a version of DStv Now that is available to non-subscribers, and it ...


Mobile Money  |  Safaricom And Vodacom Complete M-Pesa Acquisition From Britain’s Vodafone – Reports

Kenya’s largest telecoms provider Safaricom and South Africa’s Vodacom have released a joint statement announcing that they have completed the acquisition of the leading mobile money platform M-Pesa from Britain’s Vodafone in a new joint venture that they believe will ...


Content Services  |  Ghana: Govt To Launch Distance Learning TV Content For SHS Students

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced the rollout of a distance education programme for students that are at Senior High School (SHS) level. This comes after a directive by Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo for the closure of all schools, as ...


Telecom  |  Former MTN Exec Joins Cell C As New CCO

Cell C has announced that Simo Mkhize was appointed as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) as from 1 April 2020. Mkhize has worked in the telecoms industry across many organisations in Europe. South Africa and other African countries. He ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Africa 24 Media Rolls Out VoD Service

The Independent pan-African 24-hour news and information platform Africa 24 Media has rolled out a factual VoD service, ‘Yebo’. Yebo will offer stories from over 30 African countries free of charge, including documentaries, short stories and features that had been ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  ICASA Grants 3-Month Spectrum Extension To Operators During COVID-19 Lockdown

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that it will be extending the validity of all existing radio frequency spectrum licences due to South Africa’s current COVID-19 lockdown. The communications authority revealed last week that it had made ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Merlin Naicker Appointed As Head Of SABC TV

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it has appointed Merlin Naicker as the new Group Executive of SABC TV. His appointment kicked off on the 1st of April 2020. Naicker’s professional background is made up of a ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  SES Enabling Canal+ Afrique To Redefine TV Viewing Experience In West Africa

Leading global content connectivity solutions SES explained how it has joined forces with CANAL+ Group’s CANAL+ AFRIQUE to help the French pay-TV operator penetrate new markets, boost its subscriber base, and bring high-definition (HD) channels to African communities—even in remote ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Nigeria Subscriber Base Declines As Glo Thrives - NCC Report

Despite various media campaigns over the past few months, Airtel Nigeria ultimately lost more than 100,000 subscribers between December 2019 and January 2020. However, while Airtel Nigeria’s subscriber base dropped, its rivals, Globacom and MTN Nigeria, recorded impressive growth in ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Announces $3.1 Million Package To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic - Reports

MultiChoice Nigeria has announced various initiatives to support the Federal Government’s efforts in lessening the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak across Nigeria. The contribution includes financial support of $520 000 and $130 000 to the federal and the Lagos State ...


Broadband  |  Kenya: Zuku Reclaims Top Fixed Broadband Provider Spot From Safaricom

The Wananchi-owned Zuku has reclaimed the top spot in fixed broadband connections from Safaricom over the three months from December to control 35 percent of the market, according to latest industry data. Kenya’s Communications Authority said that Zuku had recorded ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Communications Minister Orders Telcos To Reduce Data Cost During COVID-19 Lockdown

Following the calls by Nigerians for the decrease of data cost during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, the nation’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has ordered telecoms service providers to reduce calls and data rates for Nigerians. Earlier ...


Industry Support  |  Defeating Coronavirus: Managing Physical Restrictions - Factors To Consider

In this challenging time, all parts of society - including broadcasters - need to observe physical restrictions and practice social distancing to help in the fight against the coronavirus! While Broadcast Media Africa hopes that the COVID-19 threat to Africa ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Nigeria Rolls Out 1 Month Free Viewing For Local Channels

StarTimes Nigeria has rolled out a one month ‘free to view’ campaign for four local TV stations on its platform for both active and non-active subscribers. The local TV stations include Africa Independent Television (AIT), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA); Channels ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Adds New Kids Pop-Up Channel And Cuts BoxOffice Rental Fee

MultiChoice has announced that it has added the Toonami kids channel as a pop-up channel to DStv and is also expanding its DStv BoxOffice movie rental catalogue after dropping the price to $1.38 (R25) per rental during South Africa’s COVID-19 ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenya: Broadcasting Regulator Orders StarTimes And GoTV To Grant Kenyans Access To Free Channels During COVID-19 Lockdown

Kenya’s government wants to ease the financial load from Kenyans who are at home during the coronavirus pandemic with a recent order. The Communications Authority Of Kenya (CA) has ordered pay-TV providers to grant access to the free-to-air channels on ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Welcomes First Kenyan CEO

Yesterday Peter Ndegwa began his journey take as Chief Executive Officer at Safaricom, succeeding Bob Collymore, who died of cancer last year. Ndegwa is the first-ever Kenyan to run the giant telco. He takes over from the founding CEO Michael ...


Industry Report  |  Defeating Coronavirus: How Broadcast And Media Leaders Can Support Communities And Employees During Crisis

How Africa’s broadcast and media sector fare during this COVID-19 pandemic will depend largely on the actions (or inactions) of the industry leaders and senior executives.  Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) is, therefore, offering this briefing document (from National Association of Broadcasters - ...


Telecom  |  MTN Forges Ahead With Nigeria Stock Sale Plans – Reports

The MTN Group has revealed that it will push on with a plan to decrease its majority stake in the telco’s Nigerian business, though uncertainty caused by the coronavirus may require the sale to be executed in smaller chunks than ...


Industry Report  |  Defeating Coronavirus: Ensuring The Safety Of Broadcast Field Crews During COVID-19 Coverage

In times of severe crisis such as the one the world is currently battling, our broadcast Field Crews are those often in the front-line, risking their lives to provide their communities and us with crucial information.  It is therefore understandable ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Ramps Up Investment In Africa

Netflix premiered its first African original production, Queen Sono, in February. Created by Kagiso Lediga and starring Pearl Thusi, the spy-thriller marked the beginning of the global streaming giant’s investment in Africa. Soon after Queen Sono’s global release, the streaming company recently announced ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe’s TelOne Sees Rise In Data Revenue During COVID-19 Pandemic

Data and internet service revenue has now outstripped income from fixed phone services for Zimbabwe’s TelOne - and the COVID-19 outbreak is expected to further drive up internet usage and volumes as more Zimbabweans work from home and limit social ...


Content Services  |  DStv To Roll Out Easter Pop-Up Channel

A new pop-up channel will be launched by DStv for South Africans to celebrate the upcoming Easter weekend remotely.  The new channel, which will cater to the different Christian denominations, is a response to a rallying call from the country’s ...


Pay TV  |  COVID-19 In Africa: Nigeria’s NBC Calls On Pay-TV Operators To Decrypt Local Channels

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has called on all pay-TV subscription broadcasters in Nigeria such as DStv, GOTv, DSTV, FreeTv and Startimes, among others, to immediately decrypt all the local channels on their bouquets to allow all citizens access to ...


Video-On-Demand  |  MGM To Roll Out SVOD Service In South Africa

In an effort to expand its catalogue of TV shows and movies internationally, the famed Hollywood studio, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), has announced that it will be launching a new SVOD and film service that will debut soon in South ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Group Chairman, Jabu Moleketi, To Step Down In July - Reports

Vodacom has announced that the Chairperson of the Vodacom Group, Jabu Moleketi, will step d down and retire from the mobile operator group's board at its upcoming annual general meeting that is set to be held in July.  In an ...


Video-On-Demand  |  COVID-19 In Africa: Netflix To Decrease Streaming Bitrate In South Africa

Netflix has confirmed that it will be reducing its streaming bitrate for South African subscribers in order to decrease congestion on networks. The change is being implemented to reduce congestion on local networks as more viewers use Netflix due to ...


Telecom  |  COVID-19 In Africa: Maroc Telecom’s $898mil Fine Gets Directed Into COVID-19 Fund - Morocco

Maroc Telecom’s $898 million fine that had been issued by Morocco’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ANRT) has now been directed into a fund that was set up by the government to help fight coronavirus (COVID-19). In February 2020 IT Web ...


Video-On-Demand  |  COVID-19 In Africa: MultiChoice Adds Live News Channels To Showmax During Lockdown

DStv Now revealed last week that it would be making various 24-hour news channels available on its platform to viewers amid the on-going global coronavirus pandemic. Both subscribers and non-subscribers would now be able to stream the news channels and ...


Telecom  |  COVID-19 In Africa: MTN Launches Free Daily Data Lifeline To Keep South Africa Connected During Lockdown

MTN has rolled out a 20MB daily data lifeline to assist South Africans in staying connected during the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown. The free daily data has been made available for use on the instant messaging app ayoba; and can be ...


Industry Stakeholders  |  COVID-19 In Africa: Zimbabwean Journalist Dies Of Coronavirus

The Zimbabwean broadcast journalist, Zororo Makamba (30), succumbed to coronavirus early this week, in Zimbabwe’s first Covid-19 death. Makamba had travelled to New York, USA on February 29 and returned to Zimbabwe on March 9 going via South Africa. He ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless Dismisses Allegations Of Shutting Down Due To Coronavirus - Reports

Zimbabwe’s Econet has vehemently denied claims that it had shut down its stores due to the coronavirus epidemic. This follows a social media post that was purportedly from an Econet staff member claiming that the company had shut down due ...


Pay TV  |  COVID-19 In Africa: DStv To End Nigerian Dating Reality Show Early Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

M-Net West-Africa is ending its Ultimate Love dating reality show earlier than planned this Sunday the 29th of March 2020 because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic across Africa. Similar to Big Brother Germany which only revealed last week revealed to the ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Cell C’s Turnaround Strategy Starts To Show Progress - Reports

South Africa’s third-biggest mobile operator, Cell C, announced earlier this week that it is no longer pursuing customers at all costs as it has cut down its full year’s operating loss during the year that ended in December 2019 to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  COVID-19 In Africa: How Public Service Media Can Keep People Informed, Educated And Entertained!

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) ’s Media Intelligence Service (MIS) has recently published a COVID-19 Public Service Media (PSM) Report to provide a holistic overview of how Europe’s Public Service Media (PSM) are responding to the critical challenge of keeping their citizens ...


Broadcasting Services  |  COVID-19 In Africa: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Rolls Out Educational School Radio Broadcasts

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) through its various radio stations began airing school broadcasts on Monday this week. In an agreement that was signed between the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and KBC, the school programs will broadcast from Monday ...


Pay TV  |  COVID-19 In Africa: MultiChoice Malawi Expands Information And Entertainment Offering Amidst Global Health Crisis

In the fight against the current global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many countries across Africa -- including Malawi – have been encouraged to adjust to new ways of living and working including quarantine and self-isolation in homes. The MultiChoice Group has ...


Telecom  |  Orange Cameroon Cuts Prices In Response To Coronavirus Outbreak

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the mobile network service provider Orange has reduced prices of its products and services in Cameroon. At the time of going to print, Cameroon had registered 56 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Amazon Prime Video To Offer Free Streaming For Kids Content During South Africa’s COVID-19 Lockdown

With millions of children worldwide sitting at home during the growing coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has announced that it will play its part by making its kids content including series and movies available for free on its global streaming service, including ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Safaricom Welcomes New Director

Safaricom announced earlier this week that its alternate Director Vivek Badrinath had resigned after serving in that capacity for over three years. Badrinath’s resignation took effect on the 20th of March 2020, and he has been replaced by Francesco Bianco. ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Makes Premium SuperSport Channels Available On Lower-Tiered DStv Bouquets

MultiChoice is making its premium SuperSport channels available to lower-tiered bouquets in South Africa amidst a national lockdown that has been actioned as a response to the rapidly growing number of coronavirus infections in the country. The pay-TV operator has ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Kenya Rolls Out Free Internet Access To Learning Websites Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Airtel Kenya has announced that it will offer free internet access on the Longhorn e-learning site to allow students to continue studying amidst the rise of the coronavirus pandemic. The service will be available in Kenya until schools reopen. The ...


Mobile Money  |  MTN Cameroon Suspends Mobile Money Charges To Curb Coronavirus Spread

MTN Cameroon has decided to suspended charges on selected mobile money transactions within its network for one month, beginning on the 20th of March 2020. The management of Cameroon’s largest telco said that the move is part of its response ...


Broadcasting Satellite  |  Zimbabwe Plans To Launch Broadcast Satellite - Reports

Zimbabwe has taken a significant step towards the realisation of a vision to launch its own broadcast satellites into space after finalising a $25 million deal to upgrade the TelOne Satellite Centre in Mazowe and boost signal distribution. The country ...


Telecom  |  MTN Concludes Sale Of ATC Joint Venture In Ghana

Further to the asset realisation programme (‘ARP’) that the MTN Group introduced in March 2019, the mobile giant has confirmed it has received the necessary regulatory approvals for the disposal of its stake in ATC Ghana. This follows the telco’s ...


Spotlight Interview  |  Jibe Ologeh – President Of EMCOAN – Aims To Tell Nigeria’s Story Through Authentic Broadcast Content

The President of the Electronic Media Content Owners Association of Nigeria (EMCOAN), Mrs Jibe Ologeh has a great passion for Nigerian broadcast content that accurately represents Nigeria in its sincerest form, without distorting information to push agendas. As a seasoned and award-winning ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix, Amazon And YouTube Reduce Streaming Quality To Minimise Network Strain Amid COVID-19

Netflix, Amazon and YouTube are reducing the quality of their video streams in an effort to ensure that networks across Africa and Europe can handle the increased usage amid the global coronavirus outbreak. The three companies, along with Microsoft, Apple ...


Online TV  |  StarTimes ON Rolls Out Free Access To More Than 100 Channels During COVID-19 Lockdown

The pay-TV provider, StarTimes has opened up free access to more than 100 local and international channels on its streaming app, StarTimes ON during the global coronavirus lockdown. The company is implementing various plans to help people who are working from ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Coronavirus Won’t Stop South Africa’s TV Shows - SABC

Many international TV series including Wendy Williams and Trevor Noah’s shows have suspended productions because of Covid-19. But South Africa’s TV shows are yet to halt production despite the strict precautionary measures that have been instituted in response to the ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: MTN To Slash Data Prices By 50% From Mid-April

MTN has announced that it will cut data prices for its 30-day bundles in South Africa by up to 50% starting from mid-April. The CEO of MTN SA, Godfrey Motsa said that the cost of a 1GB monthly data bundle, ...


5G  |  Rain Increases 5G Coverage Across South Africa - Reports

The South African mobile data network operator Rain, which recently rolled out its 5G transport network, continues to invest in 5G network across the country, according to investors, African Rainbow Capital (ARC). In an investment update that was published earlier ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  StarTimes To Air Uganda Premier League On Cheapest Subscription Package

StarTimes, the pay-TV broadcaster that operates across sub-Saharan Africa has decided to move the Sanyuka TV channel back to a cheaper subscription package to allow more local fans to watch the coverage of football’s Uganda Premier League. The switch comes ...


Mobile Money  |  Airtel Kenya Waives Mobile Money Charges To Combat Covid19

Airtel Kenya has announced that it will scrap the transaction fees for mobile money services for the next 90 days, in hopes of easing the financial burden of self-isolating from the current global Covid19 pandemic. According to a report published ...


Spotlight Interview  |  Mothepane Kotele - DG of LNBS - Pushes For Equality In Africa’s Broadcasting And Media Landscape

The acting Director-General of the Lesotho National Broadcasting Service (LNBS), Ms Mothepane Kotele has, in her role, put great emphasis and effort into creating equal opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. As an industry leader, she has taken it upon herself to empower ...


Content Streaming Services  |  MultiChoice Makes Selected News Channels Free To Stream On ‘DStv Now’

One of the crucial tools in fighting the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is accurate information from reliable news sources. To help in this regard, MultiChoice has announced that several of its 24-hour news channels will be made freely available to ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  MTN Uganda To Pay $100m For Licence Renewal - Uganda Communications Commission

MTN Uganda has reportedly agreed to pay $100-million to renew its operating licence that expired in October 2018. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has given the company temporary extensions pending the renewal of its licence and had initially approved the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Broadcasting Regulator ICASA Suspends All Public Hearings In Wake Of Coronavirus - Reports

South Africa's broadcasting regulator, the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has announced that it has suspended all scheduled public hearings for regulatory issues and has banned all visitors to its offices in the wake of the Covid-19 virus ...


Data Services  |  Liquid Telecom Secures $4.9 Million Deal To Manage Carrier Data Center In Togo

The pan-African internet service provider, Liquid Telecom has announced that it has just concluded a deal to manage the Carrier Hotel data center as well as the primary internet exchange point in Togo.  The firm revealed that it made an ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice To Remove British ITV Choice Channel From DStv Offering - Reports

MultiChoice has revealed that it will be removing the British pay-TV channel ITV Choice (DStv 123) from its offering at the end of May after five years of broadcasting. ITV Choice ceased broadcasting in August 2019 in many markets across ...


Mobile Money  |  Kenya: Safaricom Scraps Mobile Money Fees In Wake Of Covid-19 Pandemic

Kenya’s telco Safaricom on Monday announced that it would waive fees on its mobile money transfer service M-Pesa for all transactions below $10. On Sunday, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta asked the country’s banks and mobile money providers to consider decreasing ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Mozambique TVM To Roll Out International Channel In Portugal

Mozambique’s national public television channel, Mozambique TVM, will for the first time roll out an international channel all across Portugal, a board member of the company told the national radio station RM last week Wednesday. Sergio Marcos, Mozambique TVM’s Executive ...


Sports Rights  |  Confederation Of African Football (CAF) To Issue TV Rights Tenders - Reports

The Confederation of African Football has announced an official invitation to tender for broadcast services related to its competitions, including the flagship Africa Cup of Nations in 2021. The tender process will also include all the qualifying matches for the ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telkom Share Price Tumbles After $90m Restructuring Bill Announcement

The shares of South Africa’s partly state-owned Telkom tumbled by 16.93 percent on the JSE last week Friday after it announced that the first phase of its restructuring would cost $90 million. Telkom said that the restructuring - in which ...


Telecom  |  31m Nigerians Lack Access To Telecoms Services - NCC

About 31 million Nigerians that are living in rural areas across the country are struggling to enjoy telecommunication services due to a lack of access and infrastructure, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The Executive Vice Chairman of the ...


Local Film  |  Zambian Film, The Borderline, Nominated For Three International Awards

The Borderline, a Zambian tale of love, crime and betrayal, has been selected for three prestigious international awards, hardly three months after its release. The feature film is in the running for Best Trailer in the Rome Independent Prisma Awards ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe: NetOne Board Insists On CEO’s Suspension - Reports

Zimbabwe’s mobile operator, NetOne’s CEO, Lazarus Muchenje remains suspended despite the relief order that was granted by the High Court last week to halt the board from going ahead with a disciplinary hearing, the company has said. The telco wrote ...


Content Services  |  Discovery Inc Appoints Former SABC Board Exec, Clare O’ Neil As Commercial Director For Africa

Discovery Inc has announced its appointment of Clare O’ Neil as their new Commercial Director for Discovery in Africa. Clare’s focus will be on driving commercial growth for the brand’s eight TV channels in the region. O’ Neil brings with ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Calls For Major Sporting Events To Be Free-To-Air In South Africa - Reports

South Africa’s Department of Communications and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) have revealed that they want a number major sporting events to be broadcast on free-to-air as they are in the ‘public interest’. Presenting to parliament last ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Kenya Seeks Court Order Over Assets Sale Freeze

Telkom Kenya is reportedly seeking a court order to stop the anti-graft agency from interfering with its properties ahead of the telco’s merger with Airtel Kenya. In a law-suit filed at the High Court, Telkom sued the Ethics and Anti-Corruption ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  South Africa’s SABC To Remove Separate Sports Bulletins From Radio Stations

The SABC has announced that it plans to remove all standalone sports bulletins from its radio stations in order to cut costs, according to a recent report by the City Press. As a result, more than 30 sports bulletin readers ...


Telecom  |  MTN To Announce Data-Price Changes Before End Of March

MTN plans to announce its new data prices in South Africa by the end of March after it was ordered to cut prices by the Competition Commission. Vodacom, MTN’s competitor in South Africa last week cut its data prices by ...


Industry Forum  |  “Deeper Collaborations Will Allow Access To Needed Content” - Say Executives At Forum On Content Management In Nigeria

At the just-concluded Industry Forum on Content for Digital TV –Effective Management and Successful Monetisation convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on the 10th of March in Abuja, Nigeria, it was emphasised Broadcasters need to initiate and sustain deeper ...


Telecom  |  Cameroon’s Camtel Gears Up For First GSM Deployment

The state-owned telco Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) is getting ready to deploy its first GSM network in an effort to secure more market share. Camtel holds just under 3% of the local telecoms market and has been overtaken by competitors Orange ...


Local Film  |  Malawian Film Bags Nomination For Africa Magic Choice Viewers Awards

As Malawi’s film industry continues to gain international recognition, a Malawian film has been nominated for the Africa Magic Choice Viewers Awards (AMCVAs). 'The Beautiful Hen Behind Yao Mountain' which is directed by Imran Kingsly Shaban and produced by Imran ...


Mobile Money  |  Orange Rolls Out Mobile Money Offering In Morocco

Orange has rolled out its Orange Money range of financial services in Morocco, extending the reach of its financial footprint across the Middle East and Africa. Orange Money will allow Moroccans to process mobile payments and transfer money using their ...


Local Content  |  Nigeria: Govt To Enforce 70% Local Content For TV And Radio - Reports

In an effort to reform Nigeria’s broadcast industry, the nation’s federal government has announced that it will enforce 70 percent local content in TV and radio programmes in the country. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, revealed this ...


Telecom  |  MTN Group CEO, Rob Shuter To Step Down Next Year - Reports

MTN announced yesterday that its Group President and CEO, Rob Shuter, would step down at the end of his four-year contract in March next year. Before joining MTN in 2017, Shuter managed some of Vodafone’s European operations. Prior to that, ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Rolls Out First-Ever Afro-Brazilian Channel In Africa

StarTimes subscribers are set to enjoy new enriched content with the pay-TV company set to improve its Telenovela offering with the introduction of the first-ever Afro-Brazilian channel – Nina Novelas. The Nina Novelas channel is a partner of Côte Ouest, ...


Telecom  |  Globacom Nigeria Thrives As Preferred Network With 6 Million New Subscribers – NCC Report

According to the latest telecoms industry report published by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Friday, Globacom has gained the highest number of subscribers over the past year, as it added 6.15 million new subscribers to its network. This took ...


Music Streaming  |  YouTube Launches Online Music Streaming Service In Nigeria

YouTube has announced that it rolled out YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in Nigeria earlier this week. The service, which also offers a premium version of YouTube, was previously only available in one African country, South Africa, before this week. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria’s NBC Approves 65 Radio And TV Licences - Reports

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that it has issued 65 new broadcasting licences. The breakdown, according to a statement released by the commission, includes 43 new FM radio licences, one community FM, eight campus FM radio and 13 ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom Decreases Data Prices And Rolls Out Free Data Service

Vodacom has revealed that it will introduce various new initiatives, including data price cuts that it says will result in close to $170 million in additional savings for subscribers. Vodacom’s Group CEO, Shameel Joosub, said that after the release of ...


Network Infrastructure  |  Airtel Acquires Additional Spectrum To Improve 4G Coverage In Nigeria

Airtel Africa has announced that it has acquired an additional 10MHz block of spectrum, to help boost 4G coverage in Nigeria. Airtel Africa revealed that it had paid a total of $94 million for the 10MHz share of spectrum in ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Partners With Microsoft For Digital Transformation

As a significant part of its digital transformation journey, the MultiChoice Group has announced that it has partnered with Microsoft South Africa for its solutions including Azure, Microsoft D365, 365 and security services. MultiChoice started to show an interest in ...


Local Content  |  Netflix’s African Original Spy Series To Unlock Continent Growth

Netflix has revealed that it sees the opening of its new crime-drama series Queen Sono as the first of many African original TV series that will grow the US giant in a market that is still dominated by satellite TV. ...


Telecom  |  Liquid Telecom To Offer Up To 50% Data Discount For Enterprise Customers

Liquid Telecom has announced that from the 23rd of March they will be offering discounted broadband prices for their enterprise clients by 20%-50%. The Regional CEO for Liquid Telecom in Southern Africa, Wellington Makamure made this announcement saying that the ...


Pay TV  |  DStv To Temporarily Avail Its Channels Online For Lower-Tier Subscribers

In an effort to drive the uptake of its DStv Now service, MultiChoice has announced that it is making all its DStv channels available online from Friday to Sunday this week. The TV channels, which are currently exclusively available to ...


Telecom  |  Gamibia: Gamcel Calls For Govt Support To Avoid Shutdown

Gambia’s telecoms operator Gamcel is reportedly at risk of closing down if the government doesn’t bail it out of the financial challenges that it is facing. An insider source said that Gamcel is already very limited in its network coverage ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  South Africa: Vodacom Reaches Settlement With Competition Regulator Over Data Prices

Vodacom and South Africa’s Competition Commission have reportedly reached a settlement agreement over data prices. The Commission has invited reporters to a press conference on Tuesday in Pretoria at which the details of the settlement are to be announced. In December, ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  StarTimes To Broadcast Euro 2020 Across Africa

The digital pay-TV services operator, StarTimes has promised to deliver live broadcasts of the UEFA Euro 2020 to football lovers across the continent through its TV network as well as its streaming mobile app, StarTimes ON. StarTimes recently commissioned the ...


Telecom  |  Telkom’s Retrenchment Plan Receives Go-Ahead From South Africa’s Labour Court

Telkom has received the go-ahead to continue its retrenchment process after Johannesburg’s Labour Court last week dismissed an application that was launched by two unions for an interdict to pause it. The application was filed by the Communication Workers Union ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria’s NBC Kicks Off Broadcast Industry Reform Implementation — Reports

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has kicked off the implementation of the broadcast industry reforms. The implementation of the reforms, which are aimed at further strengthening the NBC’s ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telkom To Auction Off More Assets Amidst Financial Woes

The financially-constrained Telkom is reportedly looking to sell off more properties, saying that the proceeds would be used for the modernisation of its network. GoIndustry, the liquidity services marketplace has announced the online auction of some of Telkom’s real estate ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Kenya Announces Free DStv And GOtv Upgrades

The Pan-African Pay-TV operator MultiChoice has announced its latest offers that will keep DStv and GOtv subscribers in Kenya entertained during the month of March, delivering more value, while also making offerings on the various entertainment bouquets even more accessible ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Uganda: Managing Director Resigns

Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director resigned earlier this week, less than three years into his tenure. The news was announced to employees on Tuesday afternoon by the CEO of Airtel Africa, Raghunath Venkateswarlu Mandava. Mandava revealed on an internal mailing list ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Erring Broadcasters To Pay $13.6K Fine For Hate speech – NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has issued a warning that the airing of hate speech by Nigeria’s media houses would now attract a fine of $13 600.00. The Zonal coordinator of the NBC who is in charge of Jigawa, Kaduna, ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Exploring Mobile-Only Subscriptions For Africa - Reports

Last year, Netflix announced that it would be introducing mobile-only plans in its India operations, with cheaper subscription prices set at approximately half of the standard price. A few months following the rollout of this plan, Netflix shared some sentiments ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom Rolls Out Unlimited Data Post-Payment Service

Safaricom revealed earlier this week that it is introducing a post-payment service that will be available to subscribers on a 30-day basis with all unused resources rolling over to the following month. The telco said that the plans would be ...


Content Services  |  TRACE Jama Officially Launches In Ghana

TRACE Jama, the Ghanaian spin-off of the TRACE channel was officially launched in the country a few days ago, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. This follows many calls from industry stakeholders in Ghana on MultiChoice Africa for a channel that ...


Telecom  |  Ethiopia Postpones Telecoms Licensing Process

The Ethiopian government has announced that it will postpone the awarding of two telecoms licences to operators that are interested in entering the country’s market. Eyob Tekalign Tolina, Ethiopia’s Minister of Finance, said that the process is likely to only ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Netflix To Pay $51K Annual Licencing Fee To Film And Publication Board - Reports

Netflix has reportedly bowed under pressure from the Film and Publication Board (FPB) and has agreed to classify the content on its video streaming service according to South Africa’s local content classification regulations and also pay the classification body. Unlike ...


Telecom  |  South Africa’s Cell C Receives Multiple Offers To Sell Business - Reports

The South African mobile operator Cell C has reportedly been receiving multiple offers to sell its business. This is according to Cell C’s CFO, Zaf Mahomed, who was speaking at the interim results media briefing of the majority shareholder, Blue ...


Mobile Content  |  Uganda: YOTV Collaborates With MTN To Deliver Uninterrupted Local Content

YoTVChannels and MTN Uganda have announced a first of its kind TV streaming project. YOTVChannels is a web-based mobile solution that provides local media content (TV and Radio) and makes it readily available to viewers on-the-go. With more than 50 ...


Telecom  |  MTN Nigeria Sees Increase In Profit As Data Use Rises

Shares in MTN recently rose by almost 2% after Africa’s largest network operator reported a one-third jump in quarterly profit at its Nigeria operations. Nigeria is MTN’s most profitable market, and it accounts for one-third of the mobile giant’s annual ...


Cloud Services  |  Kenya: Safaricom Collaborates With AWS On Cloud Services

Safaricom, Kenya’s largest telco, has entered into a partnership with Amazon Web Services that could introduce competition between American cloud providers operating in the African continent. In a statement issued to TechCrunch, the East African telco framed the arrangement as ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Calls For Govt Funding

The Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Dr Josaya Tai recently said that Zimbabwe’s Government should restore the grants that used to be extended to the ZBC if the entity is to effectively carry out its public broadcaster mandate. ...


Telecom  |  Econet To Join Race For Ethiopia Licence - Reports

Econet Global, the telco owned by Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa, as revealed that it is keen to get its hands on a telecoms licence in Ethiopia, which is opening up its industry to foreign investors for the first time. Ethiopia plans ...


Local Content  |  MultiChoice’s Showmax Local Content Offering Climbs To 50%

Showmax has revealed that more than half of its catalogue of movies and TV shows is now local content. This very deliberate shift to local started over a year ago with shows such as The Queen and The River, and more ...


Local Content  |  Netflix Announces First Nigerian Original Series And Rolls Out ‘Netflix Naija’

Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria. Last week, the streaming giant announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a brand new Twitter account. The announcement tweet was shared with a photo of some of Nigeria’s most notable filmmakers and ...


5G  |  Poor Power Supply Hinders Nigeria’s 5G Development - NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fingered issues of power infrastructure as a significant challenge hindering the development of the fifth-generation network (5G) in Nigeria. Bako Wakil, the Director of Technical Standards and Network Integrity (DTSNI) at NCC, revealed this ...


Local Content  |  StarTimes Rolls Out Local Programming Across 14 Channels In Africa

In a move to meet the growing demands of its subscribers across Africa, pay-TV operator StarTimes has announced an exciting new content offering to be enjoyed in 3 different languages across all 14 channels on its platform. The new content ...


Content Services  |  Disney’s FOX Channels To Return To StarSat Africa After Contract Dispute - Reports

Disney has reportedly returned its yanked FOX channels, and two rebranded ESPN channels to the StarSat pay-TV operator after an absence of over four months following a contract dispute and commercial disagreement. The Walt Disney Company had removed its entire ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe: NetOne Fails To Attract Majority Shareholding Investor - Reports

Zimbabwe’s struggling state-owned telco NetOne has reportedly failed to attract an investor to take over its majority shareholding (a 74% share). The country’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube had originally set September 2019 as the deadline for selling off the majority ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana: Govt Calls For Broadcast Media Sector To Promote Cultural Values

Ghana’s broadcast media sector has been urged to promote the nation’s cultural values over foreign ones because Ghanaian cultural values keep fading, as more citizens embrace foreign cultural practices, according to Mr Pius Enam Hadzide, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Information. ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Rolls Out Six New Channels In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Pan-African pay-TV broadcaster StarTimes has added ESPN and ESPN 2 to its linear offering alongside four other entertainment channels that are owned by Disney. All six channels will be broadcast in English, Portuguese and French languages and will be ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC To Get $71.8 Million Govt Bailout Next Month - Reports

South Africa’s national broadcaster, the SABC is expected to receive the remainder of its $209-million bailout by the end of next month, national treasury announced yesterday. This comes just after the SABC board was told that it would receive the ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Seychelles: Second Underwater Optical Cable To Land In 2021

A second underwater optical cable that will link the Seychelles to the rest of the world with reliable and faster internet is scheduled to land on the island in July 2021. The cable's landing is planned to take place at ...


Digital Migration  |  Botswana: Govt Blames DTT Migration For Households Lacking Receivers - Reports

Households in Botswana lack receivers and this is holding up the completion of the migration from analogue broadcasting to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in the country, according to the Botswana Press Agency (BOPA). Botswana’s Deputy Permanent Secretary of Information and ...


Fibre Network Infrastructure  |  Liquid Telecom Rwanda Rolls Out Affordable Fibre Broadband

Liquid Telecom Rwanda, a division of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has rolled out Liquid Home, which it has described as super-fast, affordable broadband. According to a statement issued by the company, the new development coincides with the company’s ...


Network Infrastructure  |  Nigeria: Govt Commits To 70% Mobile Broadband Penetration By 2021 - Reports

Nigeria has the largest mobile market in Africa, with approximately 173 million subscribers and an outstanding penetration rate of 123%. The number of subscribers dropped in 2017 as consumers began to respond to a poor economic climate and as regulatory ...


Broadcasting Services  |  NTA's $500 Million Loan Not For Upgrade Alone, Says Nigerian Information Ministry

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, last week said that the controversial $500 million loan his Ministry is seeking is not only for the “upgrade” of the state broadcaster, NTA. He said that the loan would be used ...


Network Infrastructure  |  Liquid Telecom Rolls Out First Fibre Service In South Sudan

Strive Masiyiwa, the Group Executive Chairman of Econet Global, has announced that the company's subsidiary Liquid Telecom has deployed fibre in South Sudan's capital Juba - the first time the network infrastructure is available in the country. Masiyiwa posted a ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Innovation Fund Set To Gain New Beneficiaries

Following the rollout of the MultiChoice Innovation Fund last week in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the second in a series of regional seminars for this exciting new development and funding initiative took place in Cape Town earlier this week. MultiChoice Group, ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  StarTimes Collaborates With MTN Uganda And Sanyuka TV To Air Uganda Premier League

MTN Uganda has signed a partnership deal that will make it the official broadcast collaborator of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL). The broadcast collaboration is between MTN Uganda and Sanyuka TV, a brand that is under the Next Media ...


Telecom  |  MTN Reaps Benefits Of Increased Cell Tower Security - Reports

The mobile operator MTN has released a statement saying that its efforts in increasing security measures to decrease battery theft and vandalism at its cell tower base stations were paying off, despite theft incidents being on the rise. It had ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Kenya Welcomes New Managing Director

The pay-TV operator MultiChoice has appointed Nancy Matimu as its Managing Director for its operations in Kenya. The operator said that her appointment is expected to further strengthen the business in the East African country, where MultiChoice offers the DStv ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Brings Back Digital Workshop Series For 4IR Success

Vodacom Business has announced that its digital transformation workshop series will take place again next month, after a successful debut year. Introduced last year, the Fast Forward Series aims to enable South African businesses to enter the industry with the ...


Internet Connectivity  |  South Africa: International Connectivity Fully Restored

Last week Openserve received confirmation, from the cable ship Leon Thevenin, that the portion of the SAT3/WASC repair offshore Congo had now been completed. This concludes a long and complicated restoration process of a simultaneous cable break of two Atlantic ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: NBC’s Acting DG Plans To Tackle Broadcasting Monopoly - Reports

Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the acting Director-General (DG) of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has said that the organisation is committed to effective regulations and reforms to checkmate monopoly in Nigeria’s broadcasting space. Idachaba stated this at a conference in Abuja ...


5G  |  Liquid Telecom Collaborates With Internet Solutions For 5G

Liquid Telecom has announced that it has partnered with Internet Solutions to develop high-speed connectivity for businesses in an effort to fuel digital transformation. Through the collaboration, the two companies will provide wholesale 5G connectivity targeted at offering enterprise services ...


Music Streaming  |  Mdundo Music Streaming Service Cracks Down On Music Piracy In Africa

Mdundo, a music streaming service which is active in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia, has partnered with AudioLock to fight online piracy across Africa. They have announced that together they have gotten rid of ...


Telecom  |  Cameroon: Camtel Announces Ambitious Growth Targets

Cameroon’s state-owned telco, Camtel has announced that in 2020 and 2021 it will focus on two key pillars of a more comprehensive strategy: consolidation as well as expanding market share. The General Manager of Camtel Judith Yah Sunday Achidi said ...


Industry Forum  |  “More Collaboration Is Key To Success In OTT Streaming Space” - Executives At Industry Summit In Cape Town, South Africa

At the just-concluded OTT Content Streaming and On-Demand Summit that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) on the 19th to 20th of October 2020 at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Cape Town, it was emphasised that collaboration ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria Customs Plans To Roll Out Broadcasting Network NCBN - Reports

In line with the ongoing reforms plan of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the agency is preparing to roll out Nigeria Customs Broadcasting Network NCBN for FM Radio and TV stations in the six geopolitical zones of the Country. According ...


Telecom  |  Safaricom In Talks With Potential Partners For Billion-Dollar Ethiopia Entry

Safaricom is reportedly in talks with undisclosed investors to form a consortium that will this year bid for one of two Ethiopian telecoms licences due to the extremely high entry costs that are likely to breach the $1 billion mark. ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Launches Fund To Promote New Content Ideas

The MultiChoice Group has launched a multi-million rand fund to help in the development of innovative small, medium and micro-enterprises that produce media content. The Innovation Fund will target innovators within the video entertainment industry and technology sectors, allowing them ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe: Govt Calls For Responsible Broadcasting By Community Radio Stations

Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has urged communities that will soon be issued with community radio station licences to exercise restraint in their coverage as broadcasting can be divisive. The Minister said that the government, through the State-owned Broadcasting Authority ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Unions To Take Legal Action Against Telkom’s Retrenchment Plans - Reports

The South African Workers Union (SACU) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have reportedly threatened to either take legal action or down tools against Telkom in a bid to prevent the retrenchment of 3000 employees. Telkom is scheduled to meet ...


Telecommunications Satellite  |  ITU Sets Africa’s Satellite List Submission Deadline

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set a May 22 deadline for African countries on the submission of the proposed number of satellites which are to be launched in space. The notice is in line with the move to implement ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Renews Partnership With Viacom

MultiChoice and Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) have announced the renewal of their distribution deal which focuses on the investment in local content and on delivering content that showcases the best of Africa’s talent and creativity. VIMN Africa’s ...


Telecom  |  Zambia’s Telecoms Regulator Hints At Fifth Telco

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has been hinting towards possibly accommodating a fifth operator within Zambia’s telecoms market in a bid to increase competition. ZICTA’s Director-General Patrick Mutimunshi said that a fifth operator could compete with Airtel ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Ethiopia: New Broadcast Law Feared To Be Undermining Free Speech

The Ethiopian government recently passed a law that criminalises hate speech and fake news, a move that has been widely criticised by human rights groups as a significant threat to freedom of expression. The Hate Speech and Disinformation Prevention and ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Africa Reveals Results Of Malawi IPO

Airtel Africa has revealed that the initial public offering (IPO) of its Malawi business was a success, as the offering was reportedly fully subscribed. It had previously been reported that the telecoms company planned to list its shares on the ...


Industry Forum  |  “Stagnant Broadcasters Risk Losing Online Viewership To Innovative Competitors” – Adeyinka Oduniyi, ITPAN President

Mr Adeyinka Oduniyi, the President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN), says that broadcasters who do not ensure that the content they deliver on multi-platforms remains relevant and exciting to the younger, more upbeat online audience, risk losing that viewership ...


Industry Forum  |  Radio Broadcasting Industry Leaders To Convene For International Convention In Maseru, Lesotho

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with the Southern African Broadcasters Association (SABA) will be convening the high-level International Radio and Digital Audio Convention of Southern Africa on the 21st to 23rd of May 2020 in Maseru, Lesotho. The Convention, which will also ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Loses AU TV Studios Deal To China

MultiChoice has spent a lot of money preparing to kit out TV studios at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, only to be told at the very last minute that the arrangement is off because of China. ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Lesotho Communications Authority Slaps Vodacom With Hefty Penalty Fee

The Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) has confirmed that it slapped Vodacom with $545 000.00 in penalties for failing to pay various regulatory fees on time and the mobile operator now only has 90 days to explain why it should be ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  MISA Zimbabwe Calls For Reforms At ZBC

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe has called on the government to play its critical role in enforcing reforms at the national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). In its statement, MISA Zimbabwe said that the issue needs to ...


Content Services  |  Disney Appoints Former BBC Exec To Head Euro And Africa Original Productions

Disney has welcomed the former BBC exec, Liam Keelan, in a new role heading original productions across Europe and Africa. Keelan, who resigned from BBC Studios’ scripted division last year, has now joined Disney in the new role of Vice ...


Telecom  |  Kenya’s Safaricom Prepares To Roll Out 5G Network This Year - Reports

Safaricom has announced that it plans to launch Kenya’s first fifth-generation (5G) mobile internet services sometime this year. The telco said that the 5G network would target major urban centres, making it the very first operator to offer superfast commercial ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Nigerian Communications Commission Imposes Telecoms Fines Amounting To $7.3 Million

Nigeria’s telecoms operators have yet to respond to the country’s telecommunications regulator regarding its decision to impose fines totalling $7.3 million. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) fined all the nation’s operators, except for MTN, for violating the Regulator’s order on ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Modibbo Kawu, Nigeria's Broadcast Regulator Boss Suspended From Office - Reports

President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly suspended the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, from his office. Sources that work in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said that Modibbo got the ...


Telecom  |  Telkom Calls For Investigation Of Vodacom And Liquid Telecom’s Roaming Deal - Reports

Telkom has called for the Competition Commission and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to launch an investigation into the recently-announced roaming deal between Liquid Telecom and Vodacom. Vodacom said that this roaming deal witah Liquid Telecom would ...


Content Services  |  BBC Rolls Out Programmes On South Africa's Soweto TV

BBC Africa TV has rolled out programmes in South Africa on the popular free-to-air platform Soweto TV. The deal means that viewers of Soweto TV will now gain access to the BBC's global news show for Children produced by Angelina ...


Telecom  |  Zambia Hands Down Ultimatum To Uzi Telecom

Zambian authorities have confirmed that they plan to revoke Uzi Zambia’s licence if the telco fails to roll out its network operation by the end of May 2020. Uzi Zambia, whose majority shareholder is the Netherlands’ Unitel International Holdings B.V, ...


TV White Space  |  South Africa: ICASA, CSIR Collaborate With Tech Solutions Provider To Drive TV White Space Projects

Indigo Broadband, a South African broadband technology solutions provider, has revealed that it is working with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to drive various pre-commercial TV ...


Satellite Broadcasting  |  Eutelsat And AfricaXP Collaborate In Multi-Year Capacity Deal

The channel network and content distributor AfricaXP has inked multi-year agreements with Eutelsat Communications for crucial Ku-band capacity on two Eutelsat satellites that are positioned at 16 degrees East as well as 7 degrees East. AfricaXP said that the capacity would enable the distributor ...


Industry Survey  |  OTT Streaming Will Exceed Traditional Broadcasting In Africa Within 5 To 10 Years – BMA Industry Survey Reveals!

Executives across Broadcast, Telco and Media industries in Africa seem to be in agreement that OTT Streaming and On-Demand video consumption will overtake traditional TV broadcasting and become the preferred viewing method within the next five to ten years. This ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Forum Demands Withdrawal Of Hate Speech Bills

Participants at the recently concluded Townhall Forum convened by Africa Independent Television, AIT. LIVE have called for the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria’s Hate Speech and Fake News bills that are currently pending before the National Assembly. In a document issued ...


Telecom  |  MTN Looks Forward To Increased Headline Earnings

The telecoms giant MTN has issued a trading statement revealing that it is looking forward to a 30 percent to 50 percent increase of headline earnings per share for the year that ended in December 2019.  MTN said that it ...


Mobile Money  |  Safaricom Sues Data Company After $200K M-Pesa Loss - Reports

Safaricom has reportedly sued East African Data Handlers, a company it had hired to manage its mobile money payment platforms, following the massive loss of clients’ money amounting to $200 000.00. The cash was lost over two years ago in ...


Mobile Money  |  Zimbabwe's NetOne And ZIMRA Collaborate In Mobile Money Deal

Zimbabwe’s state-owned telecommunications operator, NetOne has entered into a collaboration with Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) that will allow individuals and corporates to use the mobile financial services payment platform, OneMoney when paying taxes. Speaking at the launch, NetOne’s CEO Lazarus ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe Revises Broadcasting Licence Fees

The Zimbabwean government has revised its fees for broadcasting licences that were previously charged in US dollars and changed them to the local currency in order to allow universities, colleges and other educational institutions to operate their own radio stations.  ...


Showcase Interview  |  “Content For Digital TV Must Reflect Values And Aspirations Of The Audience” – Tolulope Ajayi, Filmmaker

Mr Tolulope Ajayi, an Independent Executive Director of films and advertisements in Nigeria, says that in order to have longevity in the digital broadcasting ecosystem, Nigerian content creators need to create content that reflects the values and aspirations of the local ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Airtel And Telkom To Contest Regulator’s Merger Terms - Reports

In December last year, the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) approved the merger of the second and third largest telcos in Kenya, Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya. Between them, the two operators currently control approximately 30% of the Kenyan market, ...


Industry Survey  |  Bandwidth Cost Is The Biggest Obstacle To OTT Content Streaming In Africa - BMA Industry Survey

Respondents to the currently ongoing BMA’s industry survey on the State of Play of OTT Streaming and Content on Demand in Africa, have identified bandwidth cost as the most significant obstacle to the progress of OTT content streaming in Africa. In ...


Digital Broadcasting  |  Namibia: NBC Digitalisation Falling Apart Due To Decoder Scarcity - Reports

The highly praised digital migration of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) which was launched five years ago, is now seeming to be a curse, rather than a blessing, according to industry analysts, while government funding for the national broadcaster continues ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Zambia Regulator Looks To Non-Expiry Data Bundles For Improved Internet Penetration

Zambia’s telecoms industry stakeholders, including the country’s telecoms industry regulator ZICTA, are confident that the introduction of non-expiry data bundles by the 12th of February 2020 will improve the rating of the country’s internet penetration. According to recent statistics from ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Denies Privatisation Of Commercial Media Assets - Reports

South Africa’s national broadcaster, the SABC, says that is not privatising 5FM, Metro FM, Good Hope FM and SABC3 and has not had any kind of discussions with the government around the future of these media assets. In a recent ...


Telecom  |  MTN Rwanda’s Airtime Loading Process Goes Digital

MTN Rwanda has announced that it will be phasing out the distribution of physical airtime vouchers from the 15th of February 2020. Airtime will then only be purchased and loaded through MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) or MTN’s digital Electronic Recharge ...


Industry Forum  |  Second Convening Of Africa’s OTT Streaming And VOD Industry Leaders To Take Place In Lagos, Nigeria

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with key industry partners has announced that a brand new industry Leaders Forum on OTT Streaming And Video-On-Demand (VOD) Services will take place on the 19th – 20th May 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria. According to Benjamin Pius - ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Set To Excite Global Audience With African Spy Thriller

Netflix is planning to excite its global audiences with a show that is run by a South African spy. The series is called Queen Sono and follows the adventures of an African spy who fights against crime like a superhero ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: Information Ministry Applies For $500m Loan To Digitise NTA Stations - Reports

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has revealed that the ministry has applied for a loan of $500 million to enable it to action the digitalisation of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) stations across the country. He said that ...


Telecom  |  Vodafone To Hand Over Ghana Unit To Vodacom - Reports

The Vodafone Group has announced that it will hand over the management of its Ghana unit to its SA division, Vodacom, in April. These are the latest steps that are being taken to bring the company’s operations in Africa under ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA To Rollout Spectrum Licensing Process In April - Reports

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has announced that it will carefully manage all possible inter-dependencies when looking into options to allocate spectrum. This comes as a legal battle has been brewing between ICASA and the Competition Commission ...


Content Services  |  DStv: Norman Munzhelele Takes Over As Acting Managing Director At TV News Channel eNCA

Jeremy Maggs has with immediate effect left his position as acting Editor-In-Chief at the TV news channel eNCA (DStv 403), saying that he is stepping down because of stress, a month and a half after the dismissal of news boss ...


Telecom  |  Telecel Zimbabwe Staff On Strike Over Network Inefficiency - Reports

Employees at Zimbabwe’s third-largest mobile operator Telecel Zimbabwe downed their tools this week in protest over inadequate resourcing and network inefficiency within the mobile telecommunications service provider. David Mhambare, the Secretary-General at the Communications and Allied Workers Union of Zimbabwe, ...


Digital Migration  |  Madagascar Set To Migrate To DTT In June 2020 - Reports

The government of Madagascar has announced that its authorities plan to switch the country to digital terrestrial television (DTT) on June 17, 2020. This information was recently provided by the nation’s Ministry of Communications. According to the announcement, the next ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless Hikes Up Data Tariffs Due To Inflation

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator, has revealed that it has hiked its data and SMS tariffs by an average of 25 percent. Zimbabwe’s Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) had last reviewed its tariff structure in October 2019 following the ...


Showcase Interview  |  Spotlight: SENTECH Set To Unlock OTT Streaming Opportunities Across Africa!

Mr Tebogo Leshope, Chief Operating Officer at SENTECH, has told Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) that SENTECH is fully set and ready to provide converged technical solutions that will unlock OTT streaming opportunities In Africa! SENTECH, South Africa’s premier provider of ...


5G  |  Vodacom Collaborates With Liquid Telecom To Deliver 5G In South Africa

Vodacom Group is aiming to leverage the 5G network of rival Liquid Telecom in order to roll out 5G mobile services in South Africa later this year. Liquid Telecom announced last month that it is building a wholesale 5G network ...


Broadcast Rights  |  MultiChoice Nigeria Signals Dangers Of Ending Exclusive Rights - Reports

MultiChoice Nigeria has warned that a lot of damage could result from the government’s decision to end exclusive rights to the broadcast of major sporting events in the country, according to Gadget. MultiChoice said that investment in sports rights had ...


Telecom  |  Airtel Malawi Confirms Exclusion Of Mobile Money Service From IPO

Airtel Malawi has confirmed that its mobile money service was not included in the Initial Public Offer (IPO) which closed at the end of January 2020 because it is a different entity. The public offer for Malawi’s largest mobile operator ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa Now Targets 2021 Digital Switchover Date

South Africa’s Department of Communications has outlined its plans to implement a broadcasting digital migration (BDM) programme in the country. In a presentation delivered to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, the department said that it would start distributing digital set-top boxes ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix To Charge Nigerians And Kenyans In Local Currency - Reports

The global video-on-demand streaming service, Netflix, has announced that it will be implementing new ways to make it easier for subscribers to pay and renew their subscriptions. In Nigeria and Kenya, Netflix will now begin charging customers in their local ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom’s Global Markets Achieve Improved Quarterly Results

Vodacom has announced that strong growth in data and M-Pesa revenues have bolstered the performance of its international operations and caused the company to secure a service revenue growth of 9.0% (including Safaricom subscribers as at 30 September 2019). According ...


Video-On-Demand  |  New Local Video Streaming Platform Launches In South Africa

Caxton, a South African media platform, has successfully launched a new video streaming service, Spectrum, across 73 of its local news websites. Spectrum aims to offer relatable content on a hyper-local level, ensuring that South Africa’s advertising spend remains within ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Nigeria’s Telcos Increase Tariffs Following FG’s Introduction Of 7.5% VAT

Nigeria’s telecoms subscribers are now paying more for calls and data following the federal government’s implementation of the 7.5 percent VAT which began on February 1. The increase is a move up from 5 percent. Gbenga Adebayo and Gbolahan Awonuga, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Group Plans To Sell 14% Of Nigerian Operations - Reports

The MTN Group is reportedly looking to reduce its majority shareholding in its Nigerian operations by 14%. Bloomberg has reported that the company is hoping to raise $4 billion from the sale of some of its assets. The mobile operator ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: Former Kwese TV Exec To Head Nation Media Group

The former General Manager of Kwese Free TV Kenya, Monicah Waceke Ndung'u, has been appointed as the new Managing Director of the broadcast division at the Nation Media Group (NMG). As the head of broadcasting, Ndung'u will be running the operations at NTV and Nation ...


Telecom  |  Saudi Telecoms To Acquire 55% Of Vodafone Egypt In US$2.4-Billion Deal - Reports

Saudi Telecoms is getting closer to purchasing a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt for a staggering US$2.39-billion. According to a joint statement released by Vodafone and Saudi Telecoms, the operators have entered into a long-term agreement in which Vodafone's exit ...


Local Film  |  Netflix Acquires Ghana’s 2020 Oscars Submission ‘Azali’

A new Ghanaian film is coming to Netflix. The American streaming platform has announced that it has acquired ‘Azali’, which is set to be available for streaming in February 2020. ‘Azali’ also happens to be Ghana’s 2020 Oscars entry. The ...


Mobile Money  |  MTN Launches Mobile Money Service For Second Time In South Africa

MTN officially launched its mobile money service, MoMo, in South Africa for the second time last week Thursday. The big question for the operator at this time is if all the lessons learnt in bagging 30-million users across other African ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  South Africa: Competition Commission Recommends Vodacom And MTN Reduce Data Prices

The Competition Commission has released the Data Services Market Inquiry final report with its findings and recommendations. The report, among other things, recommends that mobile South Africa’s leading network operators MTN and Vodacom reach an agreement within two months with ...


Film Policy  |  Nigeria: National Film And Video Censors Board Rolls Out Nationwide Confiscation Of Illegal Films

Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has announced that it has embarked on confiscating and destroying illegal films and videos across the nation as a measure to support the federal government in its crucial Economic Recovery and Growth ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Angola: Government To Extend TV And Radio Services

Angola’s Minister of Social Communication, Nuno Albino, has revealed that the Angolan government plans to extend public radio and TV services in the South-East of the country. He added that he is still in the process of assessing the situation, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Announces Plans To Invest US$1.6 Billion In Nigeria

The MTN Group has announced that it plans to invest US$1.6-billion into its operations in Nigeria over the next three years. The mobile operator’s board chairperson Mcebisi Jonas made this announcement during a recent visit with the Nigerian President Muhammadu ...


Pay TV  |  DStv Declared As Nigeria’s Preferred Pay-TV Platform – Industry Survey

The latest report from the Nigerian Entertainment Today (theNETng) has declared MultiChoice Nigeria’s GOtv and DStv platforms as the country’s most preferred pay-TV operators for home entertainment. The report, which was based on the viewership numbers during the festive season ...


OTT Services  |  Nigeria’s Telcos Call For Fair Regulation As OTTs Bite Off $1Mil In Revenue - Reports

Over-the-top (OTT) services are now comfortably eating the lunch of Nigeria’s telecoms industry and have bitten off more than $1 million from the revenue of telecoms operators in the country. Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Blackberry Messenger, Twitter and many others are ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Creates Reforms Committee

Ghana’s National Media Commission (NMC), in partnership with the government and other industry stakeholders, has put together a committee to conduct the reforms of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). The committee aims to find new ways to make the GBC ...


Industry Stakeholders  |  “Future Success Of OTT Streaming Depends On Delivery Of News And Entertainment” -SA’s Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana

South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Communications and Technologies, Pinky Kekana, says that news and entertainment is the next great frontier for OTT streaming services and the future success of OTT depends on their delivery. The Honourable Deputy Minister - in ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa’s SABC Secures Rights To Broadcast 2020 Athletics Events

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Athletics South Africa (ASA) have announced that they have agreed on a broadcast deal to cover the athletics events for the 2020 season.  The agreement was inked at the SABC in Auckland Park ...


Telecom  |  Zimbabwe: NetOne’s Franchise Programme Rakes In $200 Million -Reports

Zimbabwe’s state-owned mobile network operator, NetOne’s franchise programme has reportedly generated close to $200 million since its launch last year. The franchise programme is to improve the telecoms operator’s distribution channels as it creates efficiency and convenience, bringing NetOne’s products ...


Telecom  |  Cell C Appoints New Board Members

South Africa’s debt-ridden mobile operator Cell C yesterday made some appointments to its board. The telco released a statement announcing the appointment of two new independent non-executive directors, Mark Nelson-Smith and Sindi Zilwa, who have joined the board with immediate ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association Sues NCA Over DTT Access Control Policy -Reports

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has reportedly dragged the National Communications Authority and the Attorney General’s Department to court over the NCA’s decision to enforce Conditional Access for Free-to-Air TV broadcast. GIBA says that the Conditional Access for Free-to-Air ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Telkom To Cut 3000 Jobs In Openserve Business -Reports

Telkom has revealed that it will let go of as many as 3 000 jobs in its wholesale Openserve business – the division that is responsible for the building and maintenance of its mobile networks and fixed-line – and in ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  StarTimes Praised For Excellent Broadcasting Of Ghana’s Premier League -GFA

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has expressed its great satisfaction with the performance of Chinese digital terrestrial TV company StarTimes in the way it has covered the country’s premier league games so far. Addressing the media in Ghana on Monday, ...


Telecom  |  Cell C Struggles To Make $184 Mil Loan Repayments -Reports

South Africa’s embattled mobile operator Cell C has once again fallen behind on the payments of interest on its loans. Yesterday the telco’s largest shareholder, Blue Label Telecoms, announced that Cell C had missed December’s interest payment on a R2.7 billion ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Airtel Changes Zambia’s Video Streaming Experience

Airtel Networks Zambia Plc has changed the video streaming experience for its subscribers by rolling out Airtel TV. Speaking at the recent launch, Airtel’s Marketing Director Hussam Baday said that Airtel is committed to bringing innovative services and that the ...


Video-On-Demand  |  New DStv Streaming Service Could Cost As Little As Netflix – Report

MultiChoice is expected to roll out its standalone DStv Now streaming service before the end of March 2020. The company currently allows its subscribers to stream content using its DStv Now online platform, but this method still requires the user ...


Connectivity  |  Malawi Inks US$72.4-Million Global Connectivity Deal For Digital Malawi Project

Malawi has announced that it has signed a US$72.4m international connectivity contract to boost access to ICT infrastructure for the public and private sectors. The contract was inked recently in Blantyre and is a critical part of the Digital Malawi ...


Content Services  |  Ghana: BBC Focus On Africa To Air On GHOne TV

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


Telecom  |  Safaricom Share Price Rises Amid Ethiopia Entry Plans

Standard Bank Group (SBG) Securities has released a ‘buy’ recommendation on Safaricom’s shares in the wake of high returns following the announcement of entry plans for Ethiopia. A Research Analyst, Kuria Kamau said that Safaricom’s share price had risen 15 ...


Local Film  |  Netflix Acquires Award-Winning Nollywood Movie 'Hakkunde’

Yet another Nigerian movie has been added to the American streaming service, Netflix’s offering. This time it is Asurf Oluseyi’s debut feature film that was released in Nigeria’s cinemas back in 2017, 'Hakkunde'. 'Hakkunde' is a drama-comedy that tells the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Lets Go Of Over 1000 Employees In Restructuring Process

More than 1 000 MultiChoice employees have lost their jobs after the African pay-TV operator kicked off its latest round of mass retrenchment in June last year. In June 2019 MultiChoice announced that it planned to let go of thousands ...


Network Infrastructure  |  Facebook And Nigerian Communications Commission To Collaborate On Infrastructure Development

The social networking platform, Facebook, is seeking collaboration opportunities with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to boost connectivity. A Facebook delegation led by Ibrahim Ba met with the NCC at a conference last week Thursday. Ba said that there’s a ...