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- Channel O marks its 15th year anniversary as Africa's first 24-hour music TV in Lagos.

- Reminder: Kenyans in Nairobi will have to purchase a set top box by December 31 if they want to view any form of television programming, as the government hastens the digital migration.

- DTT in Burkina Faso: Experts and Ministers of member states of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) in charge of the DTT have ended their work Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in Ouagadougou. A roadmap has been developed to facilitate the transition from analog to digital. Full story here:

- On 27 Nov. 2012, SES announced that its 100% owned affiliate SES Broadband Services will provide satellite broadband services for the parliamentary elections in Burkina Faso set to take place on December 2, 2012. As part of the agreement with the Independent National Elections Committee (CENI) in Burkina Faso, SES Broadband Services and its partners Newtec, Access Sat and Unicom will provide satellite equipment and bandwidth to enable connectivity between the 45 electoral district offices, which serve as the hubs for 14,698 polling stations across the country, and the central election office in the capital, Ouagadougou. The system will be used for video conferencing, surveillance, Internet access and fast and secure communication of ballots.

- Kenya: Djoss.tv is a web platform that makes TV social by allowing real time discussions by web or SMS during shows. TV channels get valuable feedback and statistics while viewers can engage during live shows. According to Patrick Ndejientcheu, the project leader, Djoss.tv will start with a Kenya TV channel who is facing issues to engaging their audience and is looking for simple ways to solve this problem. Since 1 month, djoss.tv is available in English, so it can be used in any English-speaking country. the company plans to release a Swahili version once it has traction in East Africa. Read the full story here: