Awareness of digital TV ‘varies widely’ in Francophone Africa

Awareness of digital-terrestrial TV and intention to acquire equipment to receive it vary widely between West African Francophone states, according to research by audience research outfit Médiamétrie. According to the research group, only just over 12% of individuals are aware of DTT, up from 7% last year, of whom some 80% indend to acquire reception […]

Médiamétrie takes 50% stake in African media research outfit Omedia

French audience ratings agency Médiamétrie has taken a 50% stake in Omedia, a media and marketing research company based in Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon as part of its drive into sub-Saharan Africa. Following Médiamétrie’s acquisition of a half share in the company, Christophe Gondry, Omedia’s founder and associate director, and Karim Konaté and […]

SES extends installer training programme to Senegal

Satellite operator SES has teamed up with a local partner in Senegal, Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (ESMT), to launch a satellite installer training course in the West African country. The SES Elevate satellite installer training course comes via a wider agreement between SES and ESMT to collaborate in a number of areas that was […]

Orange acquires more mobile assets in Africa

Orange has struck a deal with mobile operator Bharti Airtel International to acquire Airtel’s operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. Orange will acquire 100% of the two companies’ share capital. The consolidated revenue of the two companies is around €275 million. The acquisitions will be implemented in partnership with Orange’s subsidiaries in the Côte […]

Canal+ faces big piracy problem in Senegal, says chief

Up to 400,000 homes in the West African state of Senegal are viewing Canal+ content illegally, according to the pay TV operator’s country director, Sébastien Punturello, cited by local press. Punturello, speaking at a seminar on piracy in the country, said that converting 20% of this pirated viewing into legitimate subscriptions could generate revenues of […]

Orange Digital Ventures invests in SVoD service Afrostream

Orange Digital Ventures has invested in Afrostream, the African SVoD service founded by producer Tonjé Bakang that aims to bring Afro-American, African-Caribbean and French films to a wider audience, which launched in September in France, Belgium Luxembourg, Switzerland, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. Orange said its latest funding, alongside support from The Family, Cross Culture Ventures […]

Francophone ‘Afro-American Netflix’ set to launch in September

France-based startup Afrostream is to launch what it describes as “the Netflix of Afro-American and French films” in September, with subscriptions from €6.99. The service, which will focus primarily on Afro-American content, will be available in France, its overseas departments and territories, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire via computers, smartphones, tablets and Chromecast. […]

Senegal’s Excaf Telecom selects Spacecom, HTTV, Conax for national DTT

Excaf Telecom has selected Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite at 17° East to implement Senegal’s national DTT Project. Spacecom won the long term contract to digitise Senegal’s broadcast services, as Excaf Telecom aims to create West Africa’s first digital terrestrial network. Excaf will download its broadcast signals from the AMOS-5 Ku-beam to multiple points of distribution. From […]

Globecast secures PoP deal for West Africa

Media services group Globecast has struck a point-of-presence partnership with Senegalese telecom operator Sonatel.  Dakar-based Sonatiel serves markets including Mali, Guinée Bissau and Guinée. Globecast will use the telco’s Dakar PoP as an access point to its backhaul network for audiovisual services. The PoP is connected to Globecast’s Paris hub via fibre. According to Globecast, […]

Senegal’s Excaf Télécom upgrades to Conax Contego

Senegalese service provider Excaf Télécom has upgraded the content security solution provided by Conax to its Contego Broadcast system. Excaf Télécom deployed its first Conax solution in 2005. The new solution, complemented by Conax’s advisory role, provides Excaf Télécom with security for one-way operations and support for subscription, pairing, fingerprinting and messaging, with optional support […]