Investment In Brief


* Algerie Telecom has launched ‘Safir’, the country’s first IPTV service, equipment supplier Netgem revealed. The service was rolled out across the telco’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in collaboration with Netgem and the telco’s systems integration partner SPEC-COM Algerie. Netgem’s NetgemTV software and set-top boxes will allow the operator to deliver triple-play services and a choice of 60 IP-delivered TV channels. Moussa Benhamadi, CEO of Algerie Telecom, said: ‘Safir is a key initiative in the rollout of our FTTH network and evidence of our commitment to offer six million broadband connections by the end of 2013.’ The deployment of

* New Angolan pay TV provider ZAP launched its service last week with two bouquets, one with 50 and the other with 80 channels. It competes with TV Uau which went live last year and is provided by Angola Telecom, with 12 channels.Last month, a Portuguese company, Sport TV secured regulatory approval to beam to PALOP countries, specifically Angola, offering two sports channels.