Monthly Archives: November 2018

Canal+ launches B2B distribution in Africa

The Canal+ Group announces the launch of Thema Distribution, a new business activity of Canal+ International, in charge of the distribution and sale of audio-visual content in Africa and internationally. The creation of Thema Distribution is part of the Groups strategy to develop African content on all media, and in particular content produced or acquired [...]

StarTimes secures 3-year exclusive media rights for Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana

Africas digital TV operator StarTimes and Lega Serie A reached a 3 years deal for the exclusive all media rights to Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the agreement, StarTimes claims the exclusive rights of the two Italian premier Cup competitions in English, French, Portuguese and African indigenous [...]

Netflix rolls out new Ultra package in South Africa

Netflix South Africa is providing users a new Ultra package. The packages were Basic, Standard, Premium, and Ultra. Previously, only the first three packages were available in South Africa. The packages were priced as follows; basic package for 6.86 USD (R99) per month, standard package for 9.63 USD (R139) per month, premium package for 11.71 [...]

MTN Rwanda offers ‘MyMTN App’ to its subscribers

MTN Rwanda subscribers will now have access to different services on their smartphones through the telecoms newly-launched mobile application MyMTN App, a self-care tool allowing users to self-serve and engage with customer service online. The application is already accessible for all MTN post-paid and prepaid smartphone subscribers and can be downloaded for free from app [...]

MTN re-introduces Mobile Money in SA

MTN is re-launching Mobile Money in South Africa. Recently, group CEO and president Rob Shuter said the telco would bring the service back to SA in the first quarter of 2019. MTN SA declared it was removing the Mobile Money (MoMo) offer in the country due to lack of commercial feasibility.  The service was first rolled out in [...]

StarTimes to dub UEFA Europa League matches in Twi

StarTimes subscribers will be served with Twi commentary in the biggest matches of the UEFA Europa League. StarTimes becomes the first Pay-Tv service provider in Ghana to localize football commentary on TV following the initiative to run Twi commentary over German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and the UEFA Europa League. StarTimes localized Ghanaian channel, Adepa [...]

OSN brings new seasons of House of Cards, The Last Kingdom, The Gifted across the MENA

OSNs November line-up offers comprise of the most awaited shows of the season. From the highly anticipated new seasons of popular series such as House of Cards final season, which comes to viewers in the Middle East at the same time as the US, to brand new Arabic shows and thought-provoking documentaries-premiering every Saturday. Subscribers [...]

MultiChoice and SABC violate competition merger rules

The Competition Commission has ruled that the channel distribution agreement between Multichoice and SABC, signed in 2013, constitutes a notifiable merger. The five-year agreement deal allows MultiChoice the right to broadcast SABC’s 24-hour news channel and an entertainment channel, SABC Encore. This means the public broadcaster and Africa’s largest pay TV operator are in violation [...]

Vodafone Qatar and GBI sign new international data and internet connectivity agreement

Vodafone Qatar and Gulf Bridge International (GBI) announced the signing of a new long term agreement on top of their existing partnership that will provide the telecommunications company with IP transit service, International SDH and Global Ethernet from Qatar to Europe and Asia. The latter has the ability to grow further with the increase in consumer and [...]

South Africa review its DTT delivery model

The Department of Communications in South Africa is currently revising its digital migration delivery model. The new delivery model will see government step completely back from the procurement, warehousing, transport and installation of set-top boxes (STBs) and adopt a more market/retail-driven approach that will remove much of the public sectors risk in the project. In [...]