Author Archives: Shana Rafter

StarTimes to broadcast UNILAG TV in Lagos

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, gave the assurance at a news conference to launch the University of Lagos Television Station (UNILAG TV) and unveiling of its logo. Today, we are elated to see this great dream come to full manifestation while trailing the blaze not only in Nigeria, but in the [...]

Safaricom announces new TubeStar base station

Safaricom has launched a new base station technology, TubeStar, developed by Chinese multinational ICT firm Huawei and designed to extend the reach of the telco’s urban network. The base station occupies 75% less space than the traditional base station making it easier to offer services in urban settlement where land allocation is usually a challenge. [...]

My-HD extends deal with SPI International for MENA

Middle East pay TV platform My-HD will carry channel provider SPI Internationals flagship TV channels for another three years thanks to a new deal between the companies. The new agreement ensures that subscribers to My-HD pay TV services will continue to be able to view channels provided by SPI International, providing access to content ranging [...]

My-HD extends deal with SPI International for MENA

Middle East pay TV platform My-HD will carry channel provider SPI Internationals flagship TV channels for another three years thanks to a new deal between the companies. The new agreement ensures that subscribers to My-HD pay TV services will continue to be able to view channels provided by SPI International, providing access to content ranging [...]

Bharti Airtel plan to acquire Telkom Kenya

Indian based telco Bharti Airtel is reportedly planning to acquire Kenya’s smallest telecoms operator, Telkom Kenya. The move is intended to help Airtel scale up its presence in East Africa and create a stronger challenger to Kenya’s dominant telco, Safaricom.  The company previously held talks to discuss a potential merger in 2018, but discussions ground [...]

Ooredoo to partner with Silicon Valley based ‘Plug and Play’

Ooredoo recently signed a partnership with Silicon-Valley based Plug and Play, the worlds largest start-up accelerator and corporate innovation platform.  This collaboration will give Ooredoo and the worlds best start-ups an opportunity to collaborate, to explore innovation and develop new ideas in Qatar and across Ooredoos global footprint.  Ooredoo director PR and Corporate Communications Manar [...]

StarTimes offers Satellite TV access to 1000 Nigerian villages

About 1000 Nigerian villages will benefit from the 10,000 African Villages Project, an initiative of the Chinese Government to provide digital TV access to rural communities across Africa. This was revealed during the launching ceremony of the project in Kpaduma Village, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory. Speaking to journalists, the Chief Executive Officer, [...]

ICASA plans World Cup on Free to Air

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced a number of recommendations regarding access to televised high-profile sporting events, which are only available via to pay-TV subscribers. South African broadcaster MultiChoice currently holds a vast array of sports rights across its Super Sports channels, including soccer, rugby union and cricket, which are carried [...]

Ethiopia to acquire a communication satellite through Ethio Telecom

Ethiopian operator Ethio Telecom, is planning to acquire a communication satellite to serve the education, health and agriculture sectors, where there is no telecom infrastructure.  There was, previously, an effort launched by former management of Ethio Telecom to acquire a communication satellite. However, the plan was aborted when another governmental organization, Information Network Security Agency [...]

Wildflower is back on StarTimes

The second season of the acclaimed Filipino telenovelas will be aired from January 20th exclusive on ST Novela E Plus. Wildflower is one of the most watched series on primetime in Philippines and was a real success in Africa when premiered by StarTimes last spring. We knew Wildflower had a lot of potentials but we [...]