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Tanzania: TCRA says only 3 regions left to go digital

December 5, 2014 • Satellite CommsComments (0)

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) director general, John Nkoma, has revealed that only three regions still need to switch to digital. Nkoma added that the remaining three regions would go fully digital by March 2014. Nkoma also revealed that the TCRA would host the annual Broadcasters Conference on 5 December as part of celebrations ...

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Kenya: Analogue switch off to be done in 3 phases

December 2, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has revealed the rollout timetable for Kenya’s shift from analogue to digital broadcasting. The reveal was made public after industry stakeholders agreed on a schedule for the switch over. CA Director General,...

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Eutelsat & Spacecom partner to target West African market

November 20, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Eutelsat Communications and Spacecom have inked a partnership agreement. The agreement is set to drive the expansion of digital entertainment services in Africa. According to both parties, they have established a framework for cross-commercialisation of...

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Facebook aiming for free internet in Africa

November 17, 2014 • Online, Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to reports social media giant, Facebook, is in advanced talks with Avanti, a UK-based satellite operator regarding a project that will essentially provide free internet services in Africa. The project is part of Facebook founder Mark...

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Gilat Satcom inks USD7.5M deal to launch satellite service

November 11, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

At Africacom, which is being held at the CTICC in Cape Town, Gilat Satcom has revealed that it has signed a two-year $7.5M contract with a leading mobile communications company in DRC. Dan Zajicek, CEO of Gilat Satcom, said “Established operators across...

SES Satellite

SES joins the fight against Ebola in West Africa

November 10, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

SES has launched an Ebola-focused education channel to be broadcast via satellite in West Africa. The channel, called “Fight Ebola”, will be available to both free-to-air TV viewers and Pay TV subscribers and transmitted from the ASTRA 2F satellite at...

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MultiChoice looking to deliver content over telco networks

November 3, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to reports, MultiChoice, an African Pay-TV provider, is looking to deliver its content over telecom networks. According to Business Daily, MultiChoice has begun the search for broadband providers that could potentially carry its content over a fibre...

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Tanzania set to switch to digital TV by 2015

October 27, 2014 • East Africa, Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Tanzania is expected to complete its migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by June 2015. ICT Minister, Makame Mbarawa, told the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference that digital broadcasting covered 70 percent of the country. Mbarawa was also...

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Orange & Eutelsat ink C-band capacity deal

October 9, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Orange and Eutelsat have inked a multi-year agreement for C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite. According to both parties, the initiative is expected to broaden Orange’s satellite capabilities across Africa. According to Orange and Eutelsat, the...

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Nigeria: Unity Bank inks SkyVision VPN partnership

October 2, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

SkyVision Global Networks has inked a partnership with Unity Bank of Nigeria. The partnership will see SkyVision providing its satellite-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) services, via its local Nigerian hub, to support Unity Bank’s LAN. Unity Bank...

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Satellite industry backs the importance of C band in Africa

September 29, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

New research has revealed that Satellite services delivered via the C-band spectrum will spur socio-economic development in Africa. The study, which was conducted by international consultancy firm Euroconsult and commissioned by the European Space Agency,...


Com Dev inks contract for high throughput satellite

September 25, 2014 • North Africa, Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Com Dev International, a manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, has revealed that it has been awarded an Authorisation to Proceed (ATP) contract to deliver Multiplexer Equipment, Waveguide and Coaxial Switches, and Microwave Components to be used on a...

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East Africa: Romantis & SES set to serve VSAT providers

September 12, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Romantis has unveiled that it will be providing a high-quality gateway solution, Romantis’ Universal Hardware Platform (UHP) with all operation modes, on SES’ NSS-12 Ku-band beam in East Africa. The gateway solution, offered from SES partner teleport...


MultiChoice launches single view DStv HD Decoder

August 26, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

MultiChoice has revealed its first HD single view decoder, the DStv HD Decoder. The decoder is set to replace the existing standard definition single view decoder. According to MultiChoice, the DStv HD Decoder’s user interface is very similar to the DStv...


MultiChoice unlocks HD channels effective immediately

August 21, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Multichoice has revealed that it will make it HD channel range open to all of its customers, with immediate effect. The group stated that customers who have channels in their package, that are also available in HD, will see these channels in HD if they have...

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SES launching DTH broadcast services across West Africa

August 18, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

SES has revealed that it will be delivering direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast television across French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project is aimed at the Lomé-based consortium of West African broadcasters, which is led by Africable and Media...