Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sierratel launches 4G in Sierra Leone

The incumbent telecommunications operator Sierratel, launched its mobile 4G services last week. The highly anticipated technology in Sierra Leone since 2015 will allow people to experience a new way of communicating. Beyond simple voice and SMS services, consumers will now be able to communicate via video. They will also be able to access new value-added [...]

TNTSAT Africa claims as sole broadcaster of DTT signals in Mali

In Mali, while several media had talked about the vagueness over the choice of the company responsible for broadcasting TNT signals, TNTSAT Africa contacted the Ecofin Agency to clarify the situation. The company sent us a press release concerning the authorization received from the High Authority for Communication (HAC), the audiovisual regulator in Mali, making [...]

Starz Play bags key deal with Etisalat in MENA

Starz Play engaged on a five-year deal seeing its video-on-demand (VOD) service bundled on Etisalat platforms while both companies develop their technology and content collaborations. Etisalats E-Vision subsidiary already carries Starz Play’s subscription VOD offer on its IPTV and mobile platforms. Starz Play’s CEO Maaz Sheik said this agreement takes the partnership with Etisalat “to [...]

Discovery Networks brings Smighties to MENA

Discovery Networks secured the rights to animated childrens show Smighties in the Middle East and North Africa from Imira Entertainment. Smighties is a comedy-adventure coproduced by Herotainment and Toonz Media Group. The Discovery deal covers 25 Middle Eastern territories and includes English and Arabic versions of the show. The series, which launched on YouTube Kids [...]

M-Net to show African version of The Real Housewives

M-Net confirmed that South African version of The Real Housewives will be coming to DStv. The channel picked up the format licensing rights for a local South African version of the show for its new 1Magic (DStv 103) channel. For the past few years M-Net has been showing seasons of The Real Housewives, and the [...]

DStv launches first pop-up channel in 2018 celebrating Oscar Films

The first pop-up channel of 2018 on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform will be the M-Net Movies Oscars pop up channel that will run from 1 to 28 February for DStv Premium subscribers. The pop-up channel will run on DStv channel 109 and will show multiple Oscar-winning films leading up to the 90th Academy Awards [...]

DSO in Nigeria enter new phase with Inview software

The Digital Switchover (DSO) in Nigeria, known as Free TV has continued its roll out across the nation by successfully launching in Kwara and Kaduna states. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) switched on Digital Terrestrial Television transmission in Kwara state on 20th December, 2017 and in Kaduna state on 22nd December, 2017. The ceremony in [...]

Kwese TV applied for a streaming license in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, in the midst of controversy over its license, Kwese TV has just applied for accreditation with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. Following a communication from the regulator that asked companies wishing to obtain licenses for the broadcast and marketing of content “that does not require the allocation or use of frequencies”, the Econet [...]

Crtv announces the launch of its own news channel

Cameroon Radio Television (Crtv), Cameroon’s state-owned audiovisual organization, announces the launch of its own news channel on 28 January 2018. According to Crtv CEO Charles Ndongo, January 28 is a symbolic date, in that this state-owned media was launched on January 28, 1988. The option to create a specialty channel is a decision taken since [...]

StarTimes to establish its presence in Guinea

China has signed an agreement with the West African nation of Guinea to bring satellite-TV services to more than 300 villages. The agreement is part of Chinas plan to provide such services to 10,000 villages in 25 African countries by the end of 2018. StarTimes Vice President Guo Ziqi said that the company will provide [...]