Author Archives: Shana Rafter

MainOne Cable System to connect Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire

Orange Telecoms, along with its West African Affiliates Sonatel and Orange Cote dIvoire have confirmed the landing of the MainOne submarine cable systems in both Senegal and Cote dIvoire in September and October 2019 respectively.  The CEO of MainOne, Funke Opeke, MainOne is committed to leading the digital transformation across West Africa, driving economic growth [...]

Rwanda Broadcasting Corporation wants African authorities to invest in digital migration

Arthur Asiimwe, Director General at Rwanda Broadcasting Corporation, mentioned African authorities should invest in the migration of digital broadcasting.  “Migration to digital broadcasting is still lacking across the continent. The deadlines set by the International Telecommunication Union have not been respected on many occasions. As African broadcasters, we need to raise our voices and call [...]

SABC plan to increase TV license fee

Currently, South Africans pay just R265 per year or 72 cents per day to have an active, valid TV license, however that fee may change.  SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini says that the current license fee is not enough to sustain the broadcaster given the variety of platforms it broadcasts on. South Africans are only [...]

rain launches new 5G service in Africa

After the success of its 4G data offerings, rain activated Africa’s first commercial 5G network by making it available to selected existing customers.  rain’s Chief Marketing Officer, Khaya Dlanga, said, “Selected customers in rain’s 5G coverage area have been invited to be the first to purchase ultra-fast 5G, unlimited internet for only R1000 per month. [...]

Azam TV reduces prices and offer free subscriptions

PayTV giants, Azam has recently announced that they have slashed their prices by offering its customers more value for their money. The move will also see Azam TV existing customers receive free subscription following persistent appeals for more affordable kit/subscription fees. With the new changes, a full kit will cost UGX 130,000 (US$ 57) down [...]

Ford Boyard Africa now on Canal+ in Africa

Canal+ is very pleased to announce the launch of the world-famous television concept, Ford Boyard, with an edition specially designed for the African continent: Ford Boyard Africa, the first African adventure show, produced by Canal+ International, Videorama and Adventure Line Productions.  As from September, Canal+ in Africa, will welcome 50 personalities from all over Africa [...]

VIVA launches new 5G service offer in Kuwait

VIVA launches a new offer for the 5G service with VIVA Postpaid plan available at VIVAs official website, VIVA stores and on the VIVA App. This offer is part of VIVAs 5G umbrella which consists of a variety of 5G bundles customized specifically to satisfy our customers expectations. This offer allows postpaid customers to enjoy [...]

Starz Play hits 1 million subscribers in UAE

Since its inception in 2014, Starz Play keeps growing and has reached 1 million subscribers in UAE. It has secured USD 125 million in three rounds of funding, from Starz/Lionsgate (40%), State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) (40%), and SEQ Investors, Delta Partners and founders/management (20%). Starz Play has tie-ups with global studios including MGM, 20th [...]

The Wendy Williams Show renewed for another two seasons across Sub-Saharan Africa

The 11th season of the American talk show kicked off this week in the United States with Liongate’s Debmar-Mercury announcing that Wendy has been renewed for another two seasons until 2022. After the tumultuous on-again, off-again 10th season that saw Wendy take several extended breaks since January 2019 dealing with health issues and chronic disease [...]

Nigerian Film Corporation partners with French Agency for Development to provide film training in Nigeria

Mr. Brian Etuk, Head of Public and intergovernmental relations at French Agency for Development announced the development of the film industry, by adding that the partnership was aimed at securing direct funding for the development of critical infrastructure to further reposition the Nigerian Film Industry. The funding intervention will be funnelled into training and capacity [...]