Category Archives: General TV

Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa launches broadband service

The Konnect Africa broadband venture set up by Eutelsat Communications has this month, officially launched new-generation services, starting in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. The services and product offerings include packaged offers inspired by pay as you go models and Wi-Fi hotspot schemes. Connecting Africa means changing the way [...]

Etisalat’s license in Nigeria not transferable without approval

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, stepped into the crisis that has wrapped the countrys fourth largest network operator, Etisalat. Reminding the consortium of banks that the firm is indebted to the tune of $1.2 million, it cannot take over Etisalats operating license without its approval. The NCC hence made it clear that the telecoms operating [...]

Ooredoo upgrades networks with 4.5G

Ooredoo just achieved another milestone by being the first to deploy an upgrade for its 4.5G mobile network sites, in the region, to support the data speed of up to 1Gbps with CAT 16 devices, in partnership with Nokia. This upgrade is planned to spread across the sites in the Qatari region as well. At [...]

Telkom Kenya to expand 4G network to 28 towns

Telkom Kenya, announced the expansion for its 4G network from nine towns to 28. Over the last year since the investment of Helios Investment Partner on the company creating a change of management and ownership since Helios now possess 60% of the company. The new investment of US$ 48 million (KES 5 billion) in upgrade [...]

Intelsat opens new office in Nairobi for its African expansion

Intelsat announced the creation of a new sales office in Nairobi, Kenya. The new office is said to increase the companys capacity to meet with its customers which are the leading communications services and media firms in East Africa.The new location will be under the responsibility of Lawrence Mungai which is already experienced in this [...]

“FTA satellite distribution now at 18% of worldwide TV households”

Following latest research conducted by Dataxis, 314 million of TV households received TV signal via Free-to-Air satellite which represents 18% of the worldwide TV households. FTA satellite distribution is becoming more and more important and Dataxis forecasts that this ratio will reach 20% in 2021. The penetration rate for FTA DTH varies from regions, for [...]

“France 24 to invest more in local content for Africa”

Q. Can you give us a broad overview of France 24 activities in Africa? A. France 24 is the French public international broadcaster and we also have a radio station called RFI, and Monte Carlo Doualiya, which is broadcasting in Arabic.Regarding Africa, we have two channels available in 14 languages. Up to 18% of our audience comes [...]

BOCRA in Botswana issues two pay-per-view TV licenses

The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has issued two TV broadcasting licences under Subscription Management Service (SMS) category to Mediacore Botswana and Harrington Square under Star Times name. Thari Pheko BOCRA’s CEO declared The Communications Regulatory Act defines the Subscription Management Service as a broadcasting service. It is, therefore, one of the broadcasting licence categories [...]

Showmax in partnership with Vodacom for new service

Showmax, the subscription video-on-demand by Naspers, will be providing its subscribers with free Vodacom data, 3 GB in total, for a period of three months. The condition will be applicable to those signing up for Showmax through Vodacom and to existing customers. Chris Savides, Head of Showmax Africa, commented: Internet TV is taking off – [...]