Category Archives: News AFRICA

Huawei to launch 5G in Egypt during the African Cup of Nations

Huawei has announced that it will launch its 5G network for the first time in Egypt during the African Cup of Nations. The 5G network will be launched and tested at the Cairo International Stadium, which will host the key matches during the African Cup Nations between June and July 2019.  This year, Egypt will [...]

BBC Arabic is now in North Africa

Yahlive, UAE-based satellite broadcaster has strengthened its partnership with BBC, by extending its reach to Arabic-speaking audiences in Maghreb (North Africa). This means, BBC Arabic will now be accessible to 42 million viewers in North Africa.  Ammar Baranbo, COO, Yahlive commented: The Arabian Maghreb has been a key focus for us.  We are thrilled to [...]

Nigeria to use Television White Space Technology to provide internet

More than half million of Nigerias rural population will have internet through the use of Television White Space Technology (which is unused spectrum in the broadcasting band, which can be used to deliver broadband services to rural communities. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is working with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to develop a framework [...]

UCC to promote local content in Uganda

The Uganda Communications Commission along with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Filmmakers represented by the Uganda Film Council (UFC) have identified ways to promote the development of local audio-visual content in Uganda The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) chairperson Mr. Kin Kariisa agreed to adopt the 70% local content requirement by the [...]

Comedy Central working on local version of ‘Comedians Solve World Problems” for MENA

Comedy Central is expanding globally with Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) working together to produce MENAs episode of Comedians Solve World Problems. The internationally acclaimed show will have its own local versions in countries like the US, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. Each episode will have 24 different comedians which will run on [...]

Amazon to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon is working on launching a free, ad-supported music streaming service. The service is completely free where Amazon will pay some record labels per stream, no matter how much advertising Amazon sells. Amazon plans to market the service, which would offer a limited catalogue of music at first, through its network of Echo smart speakers.  [...]

South Africa and China collaborate to produce its first co-production No Man’s Land

No Mans Land is largely set in Chinas Qinghai Province, situated in the northern foothills of the Himalayas, as well as the northern wetlands of Gauteng. The story is about a conservationist who fights to protect a Chinese endangered red-crowned crane.  The production of No Mans Land plans to bring Africa and Asia together in [...]

Arcadia Premium TV to be available on StarTimes

Arcadia Premium Television will make its debut on StarTimes channel 176. According to its founders, Olamide Yousuph and Akintunde Marinho, the official roll out of Arcadia Premium TV will take place in June. Yousuph said, Its always difficult to change the existing power structure, but like it or not, change is coming for the cable [...]

1Magic will now be accessible on DStv Compact Plus

The channel, which was available only to DStv Premium subscribers will now be available on DStv Compact Plus. The package will be 36.91 USD (R519) per month, 46.16 USD (R649) on a price lock deal for 24 months, and at 406.04 (R5 709) as a once off annual deal.  The CEO of M-Net, Nkateko Mabaso [...]

Burkina Faso to end transmission of analogue television signals by November 2019

Burkina Faso plans to end the transmission of analogue television signals as from November 2019. This decision was taken during the first meeting of the Burkina Faso Broadcasting Corporation. This announcement, important in the migration process to digital television, launched 2 years ago, also marks the beginning of the commercialization of the set-top box. The [...]