Regulation & policy

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The government through the Communications Authority of Kenya has withdrawn the temporary authorization granted to the Africa Digital Network consortium by the three media houses after they aired misleading and illegal informercials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.

Kenyan Media Get Their Long Awaited Digital License

DTT in Africa:

The local media in Kenya now have the go ahead to start distributing their own digital television signals, now that the country’s they have issued them their licenses.

With this licenses the media in Kenya will now start planning and building infrastructure in 10 key locations, including Nairobi, in preparation for the digital migration.

Kenya Revenue Authority gets nod to recover Sh125m from Wananchi

Kenya: Wananchi Group Kenya has lost a bid to stop the Kenya Revenue Authority ( KRA) from recovering Sh124.87 million unremitted Value Added Tax ( VAT). The group, had moved to the Court of Appeal following the High Court's decision in February last year which dismissed a case challenging the tax man demands of Sh124,866,992.80.

Kenya sets March 2015 as deadline for digital migration

The Kenyan government says it will complete the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in March 2015. Communications Authority Director-General Francis Wangusi said the regulator and industry players have ironed out policy and legislative bottlenecks to facilitate the migration.

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GOtv Uganda and NBS TV, a privately owned television station, have signed a broadcasting agreement that will see NBS TV shown on GOtv, PCtechmag reported. The GOtv network spans the major towns in the country. NBS will be available on channel 94 on GOtv.

French-Speaking Africa Rises: DISCOP Africa confirms unprecedented attendance from across the region

Basic Lead, organizer of DISCOP Africa, the region’s premier annual market for film, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channels, has reported an unprecedented number of attendees from across French-speaking Africa ahead of its 2014 event, reflecting the region’s growing importance on the global stage.

 Close to three hundred participants and a record-breaking 45 companies representing French-speaking Africa are set to attend DISCOP Africa, which launches at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on November 5th.

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