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SpeedCast aquires Geolink in Africa

February 25, 2015 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast), a satellite communications service provider, has revealed the acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services, a provider of satellite communications solutions in the African region. While acquisition is still in the works, SpeedCast revealed that the closing of the transaction is still subject to regulatory approval....

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ITU allows 30 African nations to delay digital TV migration

February 23, 2015 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (1)

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has proceeded to allow 30 African countries to extend their digital migration beyond the original global deadline – which has been set for June 2015. According to a report by the Daily Nation, there are a...


Kenya: TV stations face penalty for digital switch-off

February 17, 2015 • East Africa, Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA) has stated that it will penalise the African Digital Network, after its members went off air on 14 February, 2015. CA Director General Francis Wangusi revealed that the Nation Media Group, Royal Media Services and...

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Kenya: Zuku launches new sporting channels

February 10, 2015 • East Africa, Satellite CommsComments (0)

In Kenya, Zuku has launched a new set of channels on its platform. According to the broadcaster, these channels are mainly aimed at broadcasting sporting events across the country. According to the Wananchi Group CEO, Richard Alden: “The new additions...


Sub-Saharan Africa Pay TV revenues to hit $6.22 billion in 2020

January 23, 2015 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will reach $6.22 billion in 2020, up from $3.54 billion in 2014 and $1.92 billion in 2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Excluding South Africa, pay TV revenues will climb from $0.83 billion in 2010...


Ghana: Chinese govt. grants loan for digital switch

January 20, 2015 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

The government of Ghana has inked an agreement with its Chinese counterpart in order to obtain a loan facility. According to the government of Ghana, the loan will be put towards the the Ghanaian digital terrestrial transmission project. Ghana’s...

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Kenya begins analogue switch-off

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

Kenya’s Communications Authority revealed the launch of a consumer awareness campaign ahead of the switch-off of analogue broadcasting in the Nairobi area 31 December. The regulator has urged citizens to obtain digital set-top boxes to avoid a...

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SES’ Astra 2G satellite ready for launch

December 24, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Top StoriesComments (0)

SES S.A. has revealed that the ASTRA 2G satellite is ready for its scheduled launch on board an ILS Proton booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 28 at 03:37:49 Baikonur Time (December 27 at 22:37:49 CET and 16:37:49 EST). According to...


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...

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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...

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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...