Canal+ and Bboxx sign new agreement for solar-powered television in Africa

Pay TV operator, Canal+ has signed a deal with African utilities company, Bboxx in a unique partnership to expand access to TV across the African continent.

Bboxx is primarily know for manufacturing and distributing solar powered systems but will launch a bundle with Canal+ which will provide its customers with a solar home system and a TV that will have access to over 100 channels. The partnership is targeted at rural and also urban communities that live off-grid or without a reliable grid connection. The roll-out will start firstly in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo.

According to Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and co-founder of Bboxx, said “Our latest partnership with France’s leading pay-TV company Canal+ is an exciting milestone with significant synergies in terms of offering and customer base. It enables us to provide additional value-added services that improve the quality of life for our customers. During Covid-19, Bboxx has been experiencing strong demand for energy – an essential need. Alongside this, the pandemic has meant more people are staying at home than ever before, so having access to news and entertainment to stay informed on current affairs while keeping entertained has never been so important.”

David Mignot, CEO Africa at Canal+ said: “We are delighted to partner with an established next generation utility like Bboxx to extend our footprint to new customers, and make television accessible to the greatest number of people by removing the barrier of access to electricity. This is another stepping-stone in our strategy to continue expanding our services to customers in Africa, where there is significant demand for both national and international media, information, and entertainment. As we progress, we also hope to strengthen our partnership and expand our work with Bboxx across additional markets in the future.”