Category Archives: OTT / VOD

Safaricom launches new music streaming app Songa

Telecommunications company Safaricom  is launching a music business through a new music streaming service, Songa. The application launched on Monday evening has a catalogue of 2.5 million songs from 400,000 local and international artists. Songa is an evolution for Safaricom. Songa therefore is an additional revenue stream for artistes riding on the success of Skiza, said [...]

Vox Telecom to expand fibre and launch IoT and VoD in 2018

Vox Telecom the South African ICT and operator elaborated on its plans for 2018. The plans include an expanded fibre network, an IoT platform and a range of integrated digital entertainment products, ITWeb reported. CEO Jacques du Toit said following 2017s huge investment in optic-fibre infrastructure, the company has increased its coverage from 3,700 km [...]

OSN new channel to launch on its WAVO app in the middle-east

Pay-TV operator, OSN, is aims at a younger audience in the Middle East region through a new channel, Asli on its Wavo app. In its initial phase, Asli will feature original short form video and audio content, principally in Arabic, that OSN will have licensing rights to. Then, at a later stage, it will move [...]

Huawei and Telkom showcase 4K video streaming in South Africa

Huawei Technologies launched a pilot for 4K video streaming solution in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Thanks to Telkoms deployment of a 100mbps fibre to the home (FTTH), residents can watch ultra HD TV with the fastest internet speed. Jet Liu, Director of Video Solution, Huawei Southern Africa Region said, There has been much talk about [...]

Nordic Series available to stream on Showmax SA

Jordskott, the Nordic monster hit, is now streaming first and only on Showmax in South Africa. Seven years ago, her daughter disappeared. Now detective Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel) has returned home after her fathers suicide to discover that more children are vanishing – in the same forest. Despite having next to no violent crime compared [...]

Econet partners with Roku for Kwese Play in SA

Econet has introduced its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service Kwesé Play in South Africa. It is bringing Kwesé Play video streaming service to the country. The company will benefit from Africas largest fibre network, available through sister company Liquid Telecom which concluded its acquisition of Neotel last year. Neotel holds leading-edge 4G and 5G LTE [...]

Kwese TV applied for a streaming license in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, in the midst of controversy over its license, Kwese TV has just applied for accreditation with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. Following a communication from the regulator that asked companies wishing to obtain licenses for the broadcast and marketing of content “that does not require the allocation or use of frequencies”, the Econet [...]

TPG Growth acquires major stake in Trace

TPG Growth acquired 75% of Trace’s shares. The new majority shareholder of the group obtained these shares of the Swedish group MTG, thanks to an agreement at the end of which the latter leaves the capital of Trace. Launched in 2003, TRACE runs initiatives that include subscription-based streaming service TRACE Play, South African mobile virtual [...]

Mahindra Comviva partners with Sacom to boost VOD content in MENA

Mahindra Comviva, solutions provider, has entered into a partnership with Sacom Mediaworks, a content aggregator in the MENA. This tie-up with Sacom Mediaworks will provide Mooditt Digital Store, Comvivas digital marketplace for content, with a broader range of digital Video-on-Demand content short and long format. Sacom Mediaworks global content portfolio reportedly includes more than [...]

Netflix seek business partners in South Africa

Netflix is looking for business partners to increase accessibility of streaming video platforms. The company said cannot disclose regional subscriber numbers, but it is happy with the general South Africas growth. Netflix said, Globally, we have over 109 million subscribers and this year, for the first time, our international subscribers surpassed our domestic member base. [...]