Africa


Ovum: African mobile broadband connections to double by 2022

The number of mobile broadband connections in Africa will more than double in the next five years, according to research by Ovum. The new stats claim that the number of African broadband connections will climb from 419 million at the end of 2017 to 1.07 billion at the end of 2022. This will be driven […]

Kwesé TV launches in Nigeria

Econet Media-owned African pay TV service, Kwesé TV, has officially launched in Nigeria. Kwesé held a press launch in Lagos last week to announce the service and unveiled a number of pricing options for customers. “Choose whatever payment plan suits you from our three, seven or 30 days flexible payment plan with access to over […]

African pay TV subscriptions reach 23.7m

The total number of pay TV subscribers in Africa reached roughly 23.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, according to Dataxis. The research firm said that this compares to 20.2 million pay TV subscribers in Q2 2016, representing 18% year-on-year growth. Quarter-on-quarter the number of subscribers was up 2%. “The market remains highly concentrated, […]

StarTimes to roll out free digital TV across parts of rural Africa

Chinese pay TV outfit StarTimes is to make free-to-air digital TV available across parts of rural Africa. StarTimes Media Kenya’s director of brand marketing and public relations Japheth Akhulia told the Xinhua news agency that the group project would see about 10,000 villages given access to free digital TV. StarTimes has already conducted a pilot […]

A+ Sport channel goes live in Africa

Canal+ International has launched a new sports channel for the African market branded A+ Sport. The channel will show a variety of local and international sports, including coverage from the Jeux de la Francophonie, the final phases of the CAF Confederations Cup, and the Basketball Champions League. A+ Sport is an offshoot of the A+ […]

SVOD service iflix expands into Africa

Subscription VOD service iflix has opened an office in Cape Town as it launches a plan to offer streaming content in sub-Saharan Africa. iflix Africa will be based in South Africa, and is planning initial SVOD service launches in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in Q2 and Q3 of this year. This is to […]

Toonami headed for African pay TV

Turner is launching superhero-focused kids channel Toonami on African pay TV platform Kwesé TV. As of June 1, the network will launch in Kwesé’s English-language markets outside South Africa. The network focuses on superhero cartoons, featuring popular DC Universe characters such as Batman, Superman, The Green Lantern, plus the Ben 10 and Thundercats franchises. Toonami’s […]

Zee expands in Africa with Mali DTT launch

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is moving into Mali, launching its Zee Magic and Zee Cinema channels on digital terrestrial TV network TNTSAT Africa. The move is part of a wider push by Zee into the African market, with Zee Bollymovies – an English-dubbed Bollywood movie channel for the African market – also expanding its […]

Fox names Europe, Africa channel distribution chief

Fox Networks Group has put Paolo Agostinelli in charge of channel distribution for Europe and Africa. As executive VP, affiliate distribution, he will oversee deals between FNG and platforms for the Fox, National Geographic, Fox Sports and Baby TV channels in Europe and Africa. He joins FNG in early April, coming to the company from […]

Nigeria switchover strategy could be duplicated across Africa, says Inview

Nigeria could set the template for a raft of other African digital switchover projects, with conditional access-enabled boxes unlocking multiple ways to pay for DSO projects that are challenging countries’ ability to finance them, according to Nick Markham, chairman of Inview Technology, the UK technology company entrusted with the project. Markham, formerly strategy director at […]

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