Africa


Kwesé TV starts African DTH service rollout

Kwesé TV, a new satellite-delivered pay TV service for Africa, has launched in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia, marking the first stage of a phased rollout across the continent. Viewers in these countries can access the service via Kwesé’s satellite and set-top-box, with customers able to access the Econet Media-owned operator’s full ‘slim bouquet’ of around […]

Zee ups African output with new Kwesé channels

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited is due to launch two new channels, Zee Bollymovies and Zee Bollynova, on African pay TV network Kwesé TV. Zee Bollymovies will air Bollywood movies and series while Zee Bollynova will air a mix of general entertainment programming, showcasing telenovelas and cooking programmes. “ZEE is continuously striving to make further in-roads […]

Viceland launches in Africa with Kwesé TV

Vice Media’s Viceland channel is launching in Africa in an exclusive tie-up with new pay TV entrant Kwesé TV, owned by Econet Media. Under the deal, Kwesé TV will add Viceland to its pay TV offering across sub-Saharan Africa, with content also available via Kwesé’s new catch-up TV service as well as its Android and […]

MTG offloads loss-making African TV operations

Sweden-based media group MTG has completed the sale of its loss-making free TV channels and production business in Ghana and Nigeria, with a further deal in Tanzania expected to close soon. Econet Media – the regional telco, pay TV operator and owner of the Kwesé Sports service – is buying the African operations for an undisclosed […]

African mobile broadband connections to reach 1bn in 2021

There will be 1 billion mobile broadband connections in Africa in 2021, including 157.4 million 4G LTE connections, according to Ovum. The research firm has tipped the number of fixed broadband connections to also “increase significantly over the coming years”, albeit from a very low base of 13.78 million at the end of 2016 to […]

SVOD market in MEA to remain ‘very immature’

The Middle East and African SVOD sector will “still be very immature by 2021”, with major players like Netflix tipped to only make modest progress, according to new stats. The Digital TV Research report predicts that the region as a whole will have 19.59 million paying subscription video-on-demand subscribers by 2021, with Netflix accounting for […]

Discovery names commercial VP for CEEMEA

Discovery has appointed James Gibbons to a new role overseeing its commercial and creative efforts in Africa and the CEE and Middle East (CEEMEA). As executive VP, head of product and business development, CEEMEA, Gibbons will work across Discovery brands, generating new partnerships and consumer offerings. Gibbons, a 20-year Discovery veteran, was previously executive VP […]

Amos-6 satellite destroyed after launch-pad explosion

Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite has been destroyed following the launch-pad explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was due to carry it into space. The explosion happened at Cape Canaveral yesterday at approximately 9.07am during a standard pre-launch static fire test. In a statement, SpaceX blamed an “anomaly” for the explosion that originated “around the […]

Fox hires ex-CNBC chief in Africa rejig

Fox Networks Group has hired a former senior CNBC executive to become general manager of a restructured African operation. Gary Alfonso will lead FNG Africa,taking control of sub-Sahara operations for the broadcast group and sister business National Geographic Partners. In Africa, FNG operates pay TV networks Fox, FX, FoxCrime, Fox Sports, National Geographic, Nat Geo […]

Welling gets new role at Discovery

Discovery’s CEE, Middle East and Africa channels boss Paul Welling has taken on a new international brands role at Discovery. Welling becomes senior VP of international brand and franchise development for Discovery Networks International. The channel operator told TBI it is reviewing its options with regards to a new CEEMEA channels chief. As of today […]