Monthly Archives: November 2018

Fox launches TV streaming service in MENA

Fox Networks is launching a new TV streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa. In a statement, Fox is said to be partnering with the regions biggest broadcaster, MBC, to bring Fox Plus to viewers. The streaming service which is already in southeast Asia and in some parts of Latin Americas will not [...]

Deezer to focus on Arabic content in MENA

The French streaming firm Deezer partnered with the Arab world’s largest record label Rotana in August to offer users a wide selection of Arabic hits. Deezer will focus on local Arabic content in the MENA region to compete from other music rivals according to CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht. Deezer and Spotifys MENA launches took place just [...]

Icasa holds hearings for new free-to-air TV licence

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is set to start public hearings on the process of awarding a commercial free-to-air television licence on Thursday. The regulator said it would be looking into applications from Kwese Free TV, Tshwaranang Media, Infinity Media Networks and Free To Air TV. The process follows an unsuccessful round [...]

Huge changes coming to streaming platform DSTV Now

MultiChoice plans big changes to its video-on-demand by providing a new design to DStv Now, through its streaming version of its satellite service, and new local content for its stand-alone VOD platform Showmax. According to MultiChoice Africa Groups Connected Video unit, Niclas Ekdahl, who spoke to TechCentral on Friday, Ekdahl said MultiChoice is working to [...]

Orange and MTN launched Pan-African Mobile Money

Two of Africas largest mobile operators and mobile money providers, Orange Group and MTN Group announced a joint venture, Mowali (mobile wallet interoperability), where the aim is to make interoperable payments across Africa. Mowali makes it possible to send money between mobile money accounts issued by any mobile money provider, in real time and at [...]

StarTimes to air Ballon d’Or 2018 live

Pay TV operator StarTimes will broadcast the 2018 Ballon dOr ceremony on 3rd December when the winner of the annual football award is to be unveiled. The live broadcast of the 2018 Ballon dOr Ceremony is set start at 20:00 GMT on Startimes channel. This year Ballon dOr Ceremony definitely attracts wide attention of footballs [...]

Kwesé to launch new original series on Kwesé iflix

Kwesé iflix announced a slate of original programming marking its first foray into original content in a region with a large youth population and fast-growing Internet and smartphone penetration. With Africas diversity but also the challenge of developing content, the original series comes from Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria.  Kwesé iflixs CEO Mayur Patel said that [...]

Vodacom and MTN to share 5G spectrum

The additional radio frequency spectrum earmarked for 5G networks is licensed in South Africa. The aim is for cellular network operators to share it, according to the Minister of Telecommunications, Siyabonga Cwele.  Cwele did not provide specifics, but confirmed that the spectrum will be shared. In line with his departments policy on 4G spectrum, where [...]

Airtel injects USD $1.25 billions expand its African operations

Airtel Africa is set to reduce its debt by injecting USD 1.25 billion in investment from six international investors and expand its African operations ahead of a proposed IPO.  The second largest operator on the continent has businesses in 15 African countries: Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, [...]