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TUNISIAN PRIVATE TV CHANNEL TO BE LAUNCHED FROM ABROAD BY END OF 2006

Tunis October 14, 2006 A private TV channel dubbed "Nessma TV" (Breeze TV) will start airing its programs from abroad at the end of 2006, it was announced this week…

UGANDA'S MPS TO INVESTIGATE  NTV’S SWITCHING OFF

A committee of Uganda's National Assembly has been directed to investigate the reasons that led to the switching off of Nation's TV station in Kampala. Speaker Edward Sekandi asked the…

BOTSWANA TV ACQUIRES LOCAL PROGRAMMES

The Director of Broadcasting Services Bapasi Mphusu last week Thursday signed contracts worth over P5 million with two local film companies for the production of four television programmes. According to…

WILL SA LICENSE CELLPHONE TV?

Diverse views prevailed at a workshop of telecoms experts in South Africa about the legalities of licensing television on mobiles in South Africa. Speaking at a workshop on the country’s…

Convergence News - In Brief

- An Egyptian state-owned satellite company has stopped broadcasts of a controversial Iraqi television station that was showing insurgent videos and denouncing the Shi'ite-led government of Iraq. The move comes…

FIFA AWARDS MTech AND OSMI LICENSE FOR 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP

Nigeria’s premier mobile technology company MTech, and Sports marketing Outfit, Optima Sports Management International (OSMi), have jointly acquired the Mobile Telephony license for sub-Saharan Africa in the upcoming FIFA World…

AFRICAN MOVIE CHANNEL LAUNCHES ON UK’S HOMECHOICE

African Movie Channel, AMC is the new digital TV channel that has just launched in the UK exclusively on Homechoice on channel 240. AMC is the first and only TV…

ICASA TO INVITE BIDS FOR BROADCAST LICENCE

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) will invite applications for a subscription for broadcast licence at the end of this month, introducing competition for current pay-television monopoly, Naspers owned…

Convergence News - In Brief

- In Tanzania idle radio and TV frequencies will be taken back if they are not used within a year. Information and Communication minister Mutahi Kagwe said frequencies were a…

18 COMPANIES APPLY TO COMPETE WITH SA’S PAY-TV PROVIDER DSTV

South Africans are about to get hit with an avalanche of pay TV options from next year -- some of them delivered to your cellphone. Until now MultiChoice -- which…

DSTV'S MONOPOLY CRASHES IN NIGERIA

Last month, the Federal Government decided to break the monopoly of Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) over the broadcast of some programmes in the country, notably the English Premiership League (EPL).…

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - COMING SOON ON YOUR DESKTOP AND MOBILE PHONES

In the session dubbed "Television: yesterday, today, tomorrow", Devan Naidoo, of South Africa's Department of Communication, said that in a world where two billion people are mobile phone subscribers, with…

NO POLICY SHIFT ON BROADCASTING LICENCES IN ZIMBABWE

There has been no change of Government policy in barring foreign ownership of broadcasting licences in terms of the Broadcasting Services Act, Acting Minister of Information and Publicity Munyaradzi Paul…

TRANSMEDIA  IN ZIMBABWE SEEKS $64 MILLION FOR EQUIPMENT

Zimbabwe's signal carrier, Transmedia, is seeking US$64 million to buy transmission equipment from China, South Africa and Europe for its National Transmission Grand Plan. The plan is aimed at achieving…

SENTECH TO BE SIGNAL DISTRIBUTOR FOR CNBC AFRICA

Sentech has announced that it will be the signal distributor for CNBC Africa, the first international business news channel in Africa, which will begin broadcasting from Sandton in Johannesburg in…

NO CHEAPER PAY TV FOR BOTSWANA

Locals who were hoping for a cheaper pay- TV channel should not expect any good news anytime soon. Black Entertainment Satellite Television (BEStv) under Black Earth Communications (BEC), which had…

MAROC TELECOM LAUNCHES TV-OVER-ADSL

Maroc Telecom has launched a TV-over-ADSL service, which it claims is a first for Morocco, the Arab world and Africa. It has launched with 41 national and foreign channels available…

TELKOM SEEKS LICENCE TO BROADCAST PAY-TV

Listed telecommunications operator Telkom last week said it could be an applicant for a South African broadcast licence.The fixed-line operator's move to broadcasting could diversify its revenue streams as the…

DSTV TAILORS SERVICES TO CLIENT NEEDS IN UGANDA

It has been quite a hectic time for DStv in Uganda, and is getting even more so as Multi Choice customer services manager, Patricia Sentongo, explained to Kalungi Kabuye. DStv…

MULTICHOICE WORKS ON MOBILE TELEVISION

MultiChoice Africa is piloting a project that allows watching digital satellite television (DStv) on a mobile phone. Several hundreds of DStv subscribers are part of the closed user group that…

LETTER FROM SENEGAL: "APPEL D'OFFRE" FOR THIRD OPERATOR IS A LITMUS TEST FOR COMPETITION

Senegal has successfully fostered the illusion that it has been incredibly successful in the telecommunications field. But that success has been its former legal monopoly operator and since July 2004…

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LICENCES 35 BROADCAST STATIONS

President Olusegun Obasanjo has approved 35 licences for private radio and television stations across the country. The licences are for seven television and 28 radio stations. Minister of Information and…

Convergence News - In Brief

- APS (Algerie Press Service) and Mobilis, a subsidiary of Algérie Télécom (the Algerian Telecommunication Company) signed Monday at Mobilis seat an agreement for news supply. Under this agreement, real-time…

Convergence News - In Brief

- Pensioners in Zimbabwe have been exempted from buying radio and television licences while other individuals are now allowed to buy a quarterly licence every three months to spread payments.…

MTN's South African network announced the launch of its mobile TV service

The move is the first DVB-H deployment in Africa and the first mobile TV service on the continent. MTN was the first African operator to launch 3G and the first…

CTL COMMENDS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON BREAK IN CABLE TV MONOPOLY IN NIGERIA

The management of Communication Trends Ltd, operators of CTL cable TV and Trendtv DTH has commended the Federal Minister of information and National Orientation, Mr Frank Nweke Jnr and the…

NEW TV CHANNEL FOR AFRICA

Africa is mulling setting up a 24-hour television news channel that would portray the continent in positive perspective on the global platform and promote a development agenda, officials said on…

MORE ACTION EXPECTED IN THE BROADCASTING AREA IN NIGERIA  IN 2007

Some had given up on the problem ever being solved. The lopsidedness in the broadcast industry or to use a more naked word, anti-competition, was mostly pronounced in the DSTV…

NAMIBIAN CABLE PROVIDER AIMS FOR SERVICE LAUNCH IN OCTOBER

Namibia's first cable television broadcaster hopes to be broadcasting live by October or November, says the Executive Group Chairman of Galaxy Communications. Hermanus Kasper made these remarks when he introduced…

140 RADIO, TV STATIONS FACE CLOSURE IN UGANDA

Over 140 radio and television stations face closure for failure to register with the Media Council as required by the Electronic Media Statute 1996. Alfred Wasike reports that there are…

WHO’S OFFERING THE BEST DEAL IN PAYTV?

Imagine paying as little as R60 (US$8.31) a month for multi-channel television. At the moment, the lowest you’ll pay for DStv, which is currently the only company offering PayTV, is…

Convergence News - In Brief

- In Uganda, Nation TV (NTV) is on air promising to give rival stations a run for their money by broadcasting programmes that will cut across an audience of all…

HITV BREAKS DSTV MONOPOLY, BEGINS OPERATION - EXPLOITATION OF NIGERIANS UNACCEPTABLE, SAYS NWEKE

Monopoly in Nigeria's pay-television industry hitherto enjoyed by South Africa's Multic-hoice, owners of DSTV, was finally broken yesterday when an indigenous firm, Entertainment Highway Limited (HITV), began commercial broadcast in…

NTV BACK ON AIR IN UGANDA

NTV Uganda is back on air. The Nation Media Group station had been switched off on Saturday by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation at the direction of the Uganda Broadcasting Council.…

BROADCAST DIGITAL UPGRADE WILL BOOST JOBS AND SKILLS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Upgrading the national broadcasting infrastructure from analogue to digital at a likely cost of R2bn is an opportunity to create more hi-tech jobs, boost IT skills and invigorate local television…

Convergence News - In Brief

- South African customers  may soon be able to upgrade to digital television viewing with financial help from the state as the communications department debates whether to subsidise the purchase…

TEAM NIGERIA GETS ALGIERS 2007 BROADCAST RIGHTS

The Supreme Council for Sports in Africa, (SCSA), owners of the All Africa Games, has ceded the broadcast rights for the 9th edition of the Games taking place in Algiers…

MULTICHOICE SELECTS INTELSAT TO SUPPORT MOBILE TV TRIAL

MultiChoice, a local direct-to-home (DTH) television provider, has selected Intelsat to support its mobile broadcast TV trial in the metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria and Cape Town. The trial…

NATION MEDIA SET TO LAUNCH NEW UGANDAN TV CHANNEL

A new TV channel is set to be launched in Kampala in the fourth quarter of 2006. The Channel, NTV (Uganda) is a division of Nation Broadcasting whose parent company…

GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS CHOOSES NDS CONTENT PROTECTION FOR NEW AFRICAN DTH SERVICE

NDS, a provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, announced that it has been selected by Gateway Communications, a provider of communications services to telecommunications operators and corporations in Africa.…

BROADCASTERS TAKE AIM AT TELKOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Telkom's monopoly on the local loop was an unfair advantage over broadcasters as it would prevent them from offering subscription television over the internet, Khetha Media said in papers filed…

NO CONFLICT WITH MULTICHOICE, SAYS VODACOM

Vodacom’s bid for a share of SA’s pay television market will not bring the cellphone operator into conflict with pay television monopoly MultiChoice, says group chief operating office Pieter Uys.…

NIGERIA: BENUE SIGNS N600M TELEVISION STATION CONTRACT

The Benue State government has signed a N600 million contract agreement with EMTELCOM Network Ltd UK for the establishment of a state television station in Makurdi, the state capital. Performing…

PENDUKA DENIES DEFRAUDING NBC IN NAMIBIA

Penduka, the defunct broadcasting licence fees-collecting agency, a subsidiary of the J and P Group, has broken its silence on alleged financial irregularities which led to the termination of its…

SOUTH AFRICA’S TELEVISION INDUSTRY MOVES INTO THE DIGITAL AGE

Sentech says that there is no doubt that Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) will benefit the citizens of this country, as well as Government, which has championed broadcasting as a critical…

NIGERIA DELIVERS SLIM PICKINGS FOR MULTICHOICE

Pay-television operator MultiChoice says subscriber growth in Africa's most populous market, Nigeria, has been slow, at only 100,000 subscribers, despite its 12-year flirtation with the country of more than 130-million…

UBC TO UPGRADE BROADCASTING FACILITIES IN UGANDA

The Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) will have its technical facilities upgraded and new radio and television channels installed by the Chinese government. A Chinese delegation is currently in the country…

NEW TUNE ON PIRACY

The entertainment industry, worried about piracy of digital content, is turning to onerous antipiracy schemes using digital rights management (DRM) technologies. But consumers don’t like DRM and it may be…

BOTSWANA ENDS MONOPOLY ON DIGITAL TV

The good news has come. The monopoly in the Botswana digital satellite pay TV market is over. Black Earth Communications (BEC) has entered the fray after its application passed muster…

Convergence News - In Brief

- The Botswana branch of Multichoice Africa, has joined the fray and increased its subscription fees for its Digital Satellite TV (DStv) service. Multichoice increased its prices on April 1,…

DSTV READY FOR COMPETITION IN UGANDA

The television industry has recently taken on a competitive dimension. In a bid to attract more viewers, television stations have come up with new and more entertaining programmes. Godwin Muhwezi-Bonge…

HITV SEALS $28M PREMIERSHIP DEAL AND BEGINS TRANSMISSION IN NIGERIA

Nigerian followers of English Premiership clubs who are anxious to have a feel of their idols may not wait much longer, as the country's newly liscensed PayTV channel, HiTV plans…

NEW WEBSITE TO BOOST AFRICAN AUDIOVISUAL CONTENT

MyVideo.co.za is a new South African video portal that hopes to give local film makers, musicians and designers a chance to expose their work to the public. MyVideo CEO, Rowan…

E-Enforcement to Eradicate Fake Driver's Licence in Nigeria

The Directorate Of Road Traffic Services has stated that its electronic enforcement of vehicles which would commence in August in the Federal Capital Territory would target the elimination of both…

VIEWAFRICA, AND VIEWASIA NETWORK SELECT INTELSAT

Intelsat has announced that the U.K.-based ViewAfrica and ViewAsia Networks have launched two regional platforms on the Intelsat system, expanding their programme offering in Africa and Asia. In a press…

Convergence News - In Brief

- Btv in Botswana reported that it broadcasts a total of 18 hours 45 minutes of local content a week, out of which five hours was outsourced. The outsourced component…

TERRESTRIAL TV IS STILL GOING STRONG IN MOROCCO.

Although 75% of households in Morocco own a satellite dish, 93% still tune into terrestrial TV, indicating that local terrestrial channels still have a strong foothold in the country. A…

Convergence News - In Brief

- Huawei Technologies has deployed an end-to-end internet protocol television (IPTV) solution for Maroc Telecom. Employing the internet protocol television (IPTV) solutions designed and implemented by Huawei, Maroc Telecom has…

ANGOLA: CABLE TELEVISION IN LUANDA

The first integrally digital cable television network in Angola officially started operating in Angola on Friday with the inauguration of its technical installations. An investment worth over USD 30 million,…

AN EXCUSE OR REALITY: SENTECH WARNS OF 2010 SOCCER BROADCAST CHAOS!

SA will not be ready to broadcast the 2010 Soccer World Cup to a worldwide television audience estimated at 3,6-billion unless it makes substantial, multibillion-rand investments in digital broadcasting transmission,…

CABO VERDE TELECOM TO ROLL OUT IPTV

Cabo Verde Telecom has signed a contract with Siemens Networks for the supply of an IPTV solution for TV via DSL broadband. Cabo Verde, the fixed and mobile services operator…

 NTV, KBC LINK TO 'THE DISH'

Multichoice of South Africa has linked up with two of Kenya's television stations which will now be available on DSTv. Private station NTV, operated by the Nation Media Group, and…

JUMP TV LAUNCHED IN UGANDA

Dubai based Internet Protocol Television, JumpTV, has established its Africa offices in Uganda.Jump TV, which delivers programmes to households through broadband connection, will enable Ugandans living in the Diaspora subscribe…

GOVERNMENT RECEIVES REPORT ON SWITCH TO DIGITAL BROADCASTING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri received a report Wednesday with recommendations on how government could best manage the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. The Digital Migration Working Group delivered the…

DIGITAL MIGRATION STALLS PAY-TV ROLL-OUT IN SOUTH AFRICA

Multichoice and Sentech could remain the dominant forces in pay-television at least until the end of next year, as licence approvals are put on hold so as not to "undermine"…

TASKFORCE ON DIGITAL BROADCASTING LAUNCHED IN KENYA

The Government has launched a taskforce to spearhead the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the country. The 11-member committee drawn from CCK, the Media Owners Association, the National…

BTV, RB UNABLE TO COVER ALL SESSIONS

The Department of Broadcasting Services cannot afford to cover all local authorities activities or increase local content drastically in Botswana, says the departments director. Briefing a Central District Council on…

Convergence News - In Brief

- In Cameroon, private TV operator, Spectrum Television (Stv) has signed a contract with New Skies Satellite that will enable the company to broadcast its two TV channels in 30…

MAURITANIA GETS NEW MEDIA REGULATORY AUTHORITY

Mauritania has announced the creation of a media regulatory body, the High Authority for Press and Audio-visual, HAPA. Communications Minister and Government`s spokesman Cheikh Ould Ebbe, said the authority, recommended…

BOTSWAN NEW BROADCASTING POLICY DISCUSSED IN PARLIAMENT

Botswana Broadcasting Policy, which aims to achieve a diverse broadcasting system, has been presented to Parliament for approval. Presenting the policy, communications, science and technology minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi said the…

SOUTH AFRICA’S STATE DENIES INTERFERING ON TV LICENCES WITH ICASA

The communications department has sought to allay fears that it is interfering in the issuing of new pay-TV licences by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) by imposing a…

UGANDA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GOES ONLINE

Uganda Television, now baptised Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Television has broken off from their archaic past and leaped into modern electronic transmission. After payment of a monthly subscription of US$9.95,…

NCC'S COPYRIGHT REGULATION 2006 SEEKS TO STRAP PIRATES OUT OF BUSINESS

DR. Adebambo Adewopo, Director General of Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC appears set on making many more enemies with his resolve to drive pirates and incidents of piracy in the Nigerian…

MY TV LAUNCHES SERVICES IN ABUJA

My TV, a newly established direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television broadcast operator has launched its multi-channel services in Abuja, Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The outfit promises to break the monopoly…

Convergence News - In Brief

- Johnnic Communications (Johncom) announced this morning that it would be split into two separately listed companies. The announcement follows in the wake of the sale of Johncom's M-Net and…

MOBILE INTERNET BANKING SPREADS IN SA

 The face of cellphone banking is set to change as take-up of GPRS and 3G cellphones increases, although the SMS-based mobile banking format remains popular. This is according to SA's…

NTV GOES TO UGANDA IN A MONTH'S TIME

Nation Television will be launched in Uganda at the end of November. Preparations for the launch were at an advanced stage and the company was keen to see the launch…

M-NET UPGRADES EQUIPMENT IN R10M DEAL

M-Net says that it is putting in Avid ISIS technology for its Supersport production facilities. The deployment is expected to be completed by early December, and to go on air…

Sentech Seeks Extra Government Funding for 2010 Broadcasts

Cash-strapped state-owned broadcasting signal distributor and multimedia service provider Sentech is busy making preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and hoping it will receive more funds from the state…

First Locally Made Cartoon Film Released in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian-made film, believed to be instrumental in entertaining and educating Ethiopian children was inaugurated last week. The film is seen as a pioneer in a country where Ethiopian-made cartoon…

Kenyan journalist arrested over 'sex scandal' Weblog

Kenyan police Wednesday arrested a journalist who recently resigned from the country's largest media group over an alleged sex scandal in the firm, his lawyer said. At least 10 officers…

MaliAn radio targeted over critical broadcasts in wake of presidential polls

A private radio station in the central town of Markala was given an eviction notice by authorities last week, after airing broadcasts critical of President Amadou Toumani Touré ahead of…

Convergence News - In Brief

- Kenyan broadcasters are set to replace the older analogue equipment with digital technology by 2015, the information and communications technology minister, Mutahi Kagwe, has said. - The Higher Radio…

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BROADEN BROADCAST SPACE

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Frank Nweke Jnr., has restated the Federal Government's commitment to broaden the broadcast space in Nigeria. He made this affirmation yesterday at his…

LINUX RADIO SUITE POWERS INDEPENDENT BROADCASTERS

Community radio stations in Sierra Leone and in other emerging democracies may well soon be powered by Campcaster 1.1, free and open source software that turns a PC running the…

Convergence News - In Brief

-  Intelsat has renewed and expanded its agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA) for international distribution of the league's games. The NBA distribution network will now include full-time and…

ICASA EXPECTED TO EXTEND DEADLINE FOR BROADCASTING LICENCE

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is today expected to extend the deadline for subscription broadcasting licence applications to the end of August. This will give interested companies an…

CHALLENGES TO DOWNLOADING MULTIMEDIA AND CONFUSION OVER NET NEUTRALITY

Imagine now you can download latest movies, entertainments, multimedia games from the internet for FREE of charge. What will happen to cable TV such as Dstv? The neutral communications medium…

A NEW NAMIBIAN DIGITAL CABLE TV ON HORIZON

A new pay cable TV company, Digital Cable Television (DCTE), is poised to start broadcasting shortly, following the awarding of a broadcasting licence in June last year by the Namibian…

NIGERIAN GOVERNEMENT WANTS BROADCASTING TO GO DIGITAL

The Minister of Information, Frank N. Nweke Jnr, has said that the federal government is committed to making sure that broadcasting system in the country embraces the digitalisation. Speaking at…

Convergence News - In Brief

-   Incumbent Mauritius Telecom is looking to launch IP-TV on the island on Independence Day, 15 March. -   Malawi will make the move from analogue to digital broadcasting within the…

THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL BROADCASTING ON FILM DISTRIBUTION

Content originators and content distributors agree that a lot more work needs to be done to empower Africa's filmmakers. The emergence of mobile tv, and IPTV have not reduced the…

Convergence News - In Brief

- Multichoice is now offering KBC Channel 1 and NTV all over Kenya on Dstv.

TELKOM, MULTICHOICE TEST VIDEO-ON-DEMAND

A partnership between Telkom and MultiChoice to stream selected TV content over the Web has been established, says Alphonzo Samuels, Telkom's broadband executive officer. "We are investigating different compression techniques,"…

MULTICHOICE AND TELKOM  GET SOME SERIOUS COMPETITION.

  Mike Rwayitare, the Rwandan-born billionaire and founder of pan-African cellphone group Telecel International, will invest billions of rand in a new venture to tackle Telkom and Multichoice head-on in…

DSTV UNVEILS SEASON'S CALENDAR IN UGANDA

Satellite television Dstv, unveiled the jammed packed Supersport calendar for 2007 yesterday at Kabila Country club. At the ceremony also attended by Cranes coach Laszlo Csaba, Multichoice's public relations officer…

BENIN ALLOCATES 1.7 BILLION FCFA FOR PUBLIC MEDIA

The Benin government will disburse over 1.7 billion FCFA to finance priority and urgent needs of public media. According to a statement published Wednesday in Cotonou by the Benin cabinet,…

UDCAST AND NEWTEC TO LAUNCH SATELLITE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR MOBILE TV VIA DVB-H

UDcast, a provider of solutions that enable the delivery of IP television to mobile devices, and Newtec, a leading manufacturer of satellite communication equipment and systems, last week announced a…

NEWTEC TO LAUNCH  SATELLITE-BASED TRIPLE PLAY SYSTEM

Newtec is launching its new Sat3Play system, a product that allows the bundling of data, voice and video services over a single satellite broadband connection. Sat3Play is an unprecedented 2-Way…

First Mobile Directory Launched in Namibia

Namibians can now access, locate, obtain contact and product details via the first mobile directory in Namibia, mdnam.com.The directory was introduced six months ago and since then has registered over…

SENTECH ON TRACK FOR 2010 HD BROADCASTS

National signal distributor Sentech says that in the next two months it might be able to transmit high definition (HD) television to the country, four years before SA hosts the…

Ecobank Installs New Banking Software in Rwanda

Ecobank Rwanda has installed a new banking software, FLEXCUBE, which will allow its customers to use mobile and internet banking services, and enhance service delivery by offering faster transactions.The new…

UGANDA MULTICHOICE AGREES POWER DEAL WITH UECI

Multichoice Uganda agreed a partnership deal with Uganda Electronics and Computer Industries (UECI) to exclusively offer an alternative power supply solution to its subscribers. The deal that will benefit Multichoice…

SENTECH TO ROLL-OUT DIGITAL TV INFRASTRUCTURE

Sentech is beginning the process of upgrading SA's broadcasting infrastructure to become digitally ready to meet the broadcasting requirements of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. According to Riaan Emerich, Sentech's…

FSTV PETITIONS FG OVER EXCLUSIVITY IN DTH OPERATIONS

Indications emerged at the weekend that Frontage Satellite Television (FSTV) may have petitioned the Federal Government over alleged monopoly of Direct To Home operations in the country by foreigners, lamenting…

Convergence News - In Brief

- MultiChoice will begin experimenting with high-definition television (HDTV) some time this year.

TELKOM LAUNCHES A MEDIA SUBSIDIARY TO DELIVER PAY-TV

Telkom has grand plans to push the boundaries of its business beyond telephony and into television. The monopoly operator has applied for a pay-television licence to deliver television to homes…

HUAWEI AWARDED PHASE II IPTV CONTRACT BY MAROC TELECOM

Morocco’s Maroc Telecom has selected Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”), as the exclusive supplier for the second phase of its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) project to expand the existing capacity…

BID TO LAUNCH PAN-AFRICAN SATELLITE TV NEWS NETWORK

Driven by the vision of Africans reporting on Africa for the world, a group of professional broadcasters, business people and reporters is setting up a pan-African satellite television network within…

PEOPLE IN TOUCH WHEREVER, WHENEVER

Debates about which technologies will emerge as the foundation of future voice and data services are not stopping local players from taking a gamble to stay ahead of their rivals.…

BROADCASTING: DTT SOON IN ALGERIA

Algeria is about to upgrade its broadcasting network with the introduction shortly of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), Post and ICT Minister Boudjemaa Haichour announced Monday here, on the sidelines of…

AFRICA MAY GET SECOND PAY-TV NETWORK TO RIVAL DSTV

Africa's only pay-TV network, DStv could face competition for the first time this year if an application for a rival continent-wide station based in Botswana gets the go-ahead. Botswana's broadcast…

NIGERIAN INTERNET TV FOR LAUNCH

Lagos Television Service and White Pages Limited have concluded arrangement to launch Nigerian.TV on Friday , the television which can be accessed across the Internet is the next revolution in…

Convergence News - In Brief

- The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ), a group of media organisations, together with the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (Zinef) have said the Interception of Communications Bill 2006 is intrusive…