Technology & convergence

Kenya: CA buys KE 1 billion Spectrum monitoring system

Communications Authority has launched KE billion worth spectrum management system to monitor illegal activities on local networks. The system will monitor all transmissions, track illegal frequencies and allow operators to see all broadcast signals countrywide.

Going forward, CA service delivery to the radio spectrum users will improve, the systems will ensure effective planning, licensing and faster resolution of radio interference complaints.

GatesAir wins DTT tender in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Government has awarded a contract to GatesAir (formerly Harris Broadcast) for the installation of a national digital terrestrial television (DTT) contract.
The US company will design, supply, install, test and commission a DVB-T2 free-to-air network for 26 new transmission sites, and upgrade systems at 74 existing EBC facilities.

Financing for the broadcast project, which will support 20 digital TV channels, is being arranged by J P Morgan with support from Export Development Canada (EDC).

The 4DX cinema experience hits Durban today

The second multi-sensory cinema – 4DX – opens at Nu Metro The Pavilion today, 18 March, following the opening of Africa’s first ever 4DX cinema in Cape Town at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront in December last year.

Durbanites will now be able to experience the popular cinematic experience which stimulates all five senses. Airing The Divergent Series: Allegiant as its opening title, 4DX promises to give cinemagoers an adrenalin-fuelled experience.

SSL selected to provide powerful all-electric satellite to Eutelsat

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a high power all-electric satellite to Eutelsat, one of the world's leading satellite operators. The satellite will principally provide broadcast services to multiple regions including Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey.

OSN partners with Eutelsat for more HD channels and sets stage for Ultra HD services in the Middle East and North Africa

Paris, Dubai, 8 March 2016 – OSN, the leading pay-TV provider in the Middle East and North Africa, is ramping up capacity on the powerful EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL). Additional capacity at the Middle East’s flagship TV neighbourhood will support more expansion for OSN, including new High Definition channels and the introduction of Ultra HD services.

The new contract was announced today at CABSAT 2016, the broadcasting convention taking place in Dubai from March 8-10.

4DX cinema opens in KZN

Following the opening of Africa s first ever 4DX cinema at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront in December, Nu Metro Cinemas has announced that the next 4DX cinema will open its doors to the public at Nu Metro The Pavilion in Durban from Friday, 18 March 2016.

Durbanites will now also be able to experience the 4DX-format with Allegiant as its opening title, promising to give cinemagoers an adrenalin-fueled, multi-sensory, digital 4D movie experience.

East Africa: Rural, off-grid consumers can now watch TV

Kenya-based consumer finance company M-KOPA has unveiled a 16-inch, solar-powered digital flat-screen TV, targeted at low-income consumers residing in off-grid areas.

ELEMENTS Media Workflow Solutions enter the South African Market

Dusseldorf, GER, Mar 8, 2016: ELEMENTS, developer of advanced solutions for unrestricted collaboration in shared media workflows, is bringing its exceptional SAN and NAS appliances    to the South African market for the first time. André Kamps, CEO and founder of ELEMENTS, announced that the Company has signed a reselling partnership agreement with Rocket Science, a leading full-service system integration and solution provider.

Safaricom's M-Kopa targets 1 mln buyers of solar TV

Solar energy provider M-Kopa has set a target to supply 1 million households in the country with solar-powered digital flat screen television sets by next year, Mobile Business Daily reported. M-Kopa CEO Jesse Moore said the solar power TVs innovation will offer off-grid households living below a dollar a day an alternative form of energy and access to television programming. Moore estimated that 69 per cent of Kenyan adults are in the "dark" for either lack of access to power or failure to afford TV sets.

Jamii fires up pay TV market with low cost Internet device

Kenya’s pay television and theatre market is headed for a major shake-up with the entry of high speed Internet connectivity devices that enable the streaming of movies, premium sports content and live television shows.

Jamii Telecoms is leading the onslaught with a television Android box- that is priced at about Sh10,000 and gives subscribers access to thousands of Over the Top (OTT) content from Netflix, Huluplus, Kodi and Cloud TV among others.

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