Regulation & policy

Digital TV Stakeholders To Work Together For A Smooth Transition

The Consumer Federation of Kenya recently organized a digital migration forum that brought together key digital television stakeholders including the Ministry of Information and Communication, Communication Authority, Digital Decoders Dealers Association, content developers and Digital Broadcasters Association of Kenya who deliberated on current challenges facing the analogue to digital broadcasting resolving to work together towards making the transition a reality.

Kenyan CA has no plans for 3rd broadcast signal licence soon

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) says it will not issue a third Broadcast Signal Distribution (BSD) licence any time soon, as earlier expected. CA chairman Ngene Gituku said it only planned to issue two licences, in line with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) policy agreement, the Capital News reported. The ITU had said that the regulator must not have more than two BSD because of the shortage of spectrum, said Gituku.

Namibia makes first-phase switch-off of analogue television

The state broadcaster Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has introduced its first phase of switching off analogue viewing and moving towards digital terrestrial viewing

The state broadcaster Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has introduced its first phase of switching off analogue viewing and moving towards digital terrestrial viewing in central Namibia, it announced on Sunday.

“The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has successfully switched off analogue viewing on Saturday night in the central towns of Windhoek, Rehoboth and Okahandja,” it said.

Nigeria’s ACTV signs multi-year deal with Spacecom

Nigerian pay TV operator ACTV has signed a multi-year contract to use Israel-based Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite to distribute its content in Ku-band from the 17° East position.

ACTV offers about 60 channels including premium services Sky News, Nickelodeon, BBC, Al Jazeera and Fox as well as a range of local channels, including music, children and youth, news, sports, lifestyle, religious, movie and entertainment services.

African spectrum experts meet in Nigeria ahead of WRC-15

Experts from Africa are meeting in Abuja in preparation for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) to be held in Geneva in November. Nigerian ICT Minister Omobola Johnson said the meeting would enable member states develop strategies on how to manage spectrum in their various countries. She emphasised that the issue of spectrum was very important for Africa and she urged member states to develop a strategy on how to manage it effectively for Africa's benefit, CAJ News reported.

Ghana - Gov’t terminates digital migration contract with StarTimes

The Ministry of Communications has written to Chinese firm, Star Times, abrogating the contract to supply and install the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network platform for Ghana.

This, according a letter written by Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Bomah to the Attorney-General, was due to the failure of the company to secure the necessary funding from the China Exim Bank to execute the project.

Kenyan media houses digital TV licence revoked after misleading informercials

The government through the Communications Authority of Kenya has withdrawn the temporary authorization granted to the Africa Digital Network consortium by the three media houses after they aired misleading and illegal informercials that purports Startimes and GOtv are illegally carrying their content thereby infringing on copyright and neighbouring rights.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Francis Wangusi, Director General CA said the Authority shall reposess the frequency spectrum resources allocated with immediate effect;

GOtv says no monthly subscriptions for access to free-to-air channels

Kenyan pay-TV provider GOtv has moved to allay fears subscribers will have to pay a monthly subscription to access free-to-air (FTA) channels.

Felix Kyengo, general manager of GOtv Kenya, said customers have the option of the GOtv Open Bouquet, a non-subscription bouquet which provides FTA channels in digital quality.

“This is an option for television viewers to receive their local free-to-air channels for a once off administration fee,” said Kyengo.

Swaziland: Swazi Broadcasting Will Not Be Freed

We should be sceptical of a report that the Swaziland Government is about to privatise all state-controlled broadcasting in the kingdom and open up the presently-restricted airways to the people.

This promise has been made on and off for the past twenty years. Now, Dumisani Ndlangamandla, Minister of Information Communication and Technology, has reportedly said a new entity called the Swaziland Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) will be formed, possibly by the end of 2015.

Botswana lays out digital TV strategy

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has put out a consultation paper on licensing framework for digital terrestrial television for public consumption and feedback.

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