Monthly Archives: May 2019

Safaricom and Vodacom want to take over M-Pesa

Vodacom and Safaricom are in negotiation for acquiring the brand M-Pesa, from its parent company, Vodafone. The deal is reportedly worth over $13 million. According to ITWeb, Vodacom group CEO Shameel Joosub confirmed the plans through a joint agreement with Safaricom, has done a deal with Vodafone to “take over M-Pesa completely”. “So, Safaricom and [...]

Boomplay to invest $1m in Kenya

During the music platform conference held in Nairobi, Martha Huro, the general manager of Boomplay announced that the company will capitalize on the Kenyan market by ingesting $1 million.  We know that finances are a major issue with artists and we cannot sit on the sidelines and not do something. So we are willing to [...]

Kenya Revenue Authority introduces new policy for the OTT market

Kenya is working on a new policy by introducing tax to the Over the Top (OTT) non-resident organisations, including Netflix and Hulu, subscription-based services that charge users on a monthly basis. Speaking at the online tax forum, Githinji Gathirwa, manager at the policy unit, “KRA will come up with guidelines to address taxation of non-resident [...]

Wari, the Senegal payment service now available on WhatsApp

WhatsApp users can now have access to the services of Wari, the Senegalese payments firm. “The availability of Wari’s financial services on WhatsApp will allow millions of consumers to easily initiate financial transactions no matter where they are located in the world,” said a representative of Wari.  WhatsApp users will now be able to charge [...]

Sputnik signed partnership with Congolese National Radio and Television (RTNC)

The Russian news agency, Sputnik has signed a new partnership agreement with the Congolese National Radio and Television (RTNC), in Moscow which was part of a recent official visit by the Congolese delegation in Russia. This agreement will allow for regular exchange of content in French and English, between the Congolese public broadcaster and Sputnik. [...]

StarTimes to air Plus TV in Africa

Plus TV Africa, a 24-Hour news channel, will now broadcast across all of Africa via StarTimes platform. According to StarTimes, the performance of the channel is superior since its launch and upgrade where it is expected to reach over 30 African countries.  StarTimes Nigeria CEO, David Zhang, Plus TV Africa has done well during [...]

Azam media acquired licenses to air local TV channels

Azam media has received operator license to broadcast local channels. According to Azam Media CEO, Mr Tido Mhando, Very soon, the FTAs will be back on Azam decoders. As soon as they are back, one will be able to watch them even after expiry of their subscription fees while the Pay Tv channels will disappear. [...]

7info news to launch on DTT in Ivory Coast

Optimum Media group will launch the 7info news channel on the national digital television platform, in Ivory Coast, by the end of 2019.  The partnership is between PôleAfrique.info and Optimum Media, where the launch of the television channel will be dedicated purely on providing news focused on the economic state of Ivory Coast, while still [...]

Zimbabwe to launch 24 new TV channels

The Zimbabwean government is about to launch 24 television channels where viewers will be beneficial to all viewers. According to Mr Nick Mangwana, the Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services said, The Government will diversify ownership. Licences will not be issued on partisan lines, but it will be open for everyone. The licences will [...]

Maliyo Games inked distribution deal with Telecoming for the African market

Maliyo Games, have recently signed a gaming distribution deal with Telecoming, the European technology company specialized in digital services monetization to distribute its offer in the region, by doing this Telecoming, can now enhance its presence on the African market.  According to Nicolas Gimenez, Telecomings Content Director the combination of quality content and technology is [...]