SkyVision introduces Internet Television in Africa


Television landscape in Africa is set for a massive changeover with entry of SkyVision Global Network which seeks to introduce the advanced Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) as well as satellite networks.

The entry of the global broadcast communication firm is timely as it comes at a time when there is heightened growth of pay TV industry catalyzed by the fast approaching international deadline for digital Television switchover where Television signals will be switched from analogue to digital an exercise that will largely improve service quality. The digital migration is mainly championed due to its capacity to free up the frequencies hence allowing more Television service providers to come on board ultimately giving viewers more choices.  In addition, digital TV is provides clear images to the viewers.

SkyVision announcement of addition of broadcast services and engineering solutions to its diverse Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity services and solutions portfolio is meant to answer the insatiable demand for DTH, IPTV and OTT services in the markets it serves. "Following the vast number of customers requesting broadcast services, we quickly took the steps needed to respond to their requirements by improving on our technical infrastructure as well as boosting our human resource,” said Ori Watermann, SkyVision's CEO. 

The increasing demand in Africa and the Middle East for DTH and IPTV services is overwhelming. Over the past several years there has been a growing demand for reliable video solutions across many segments - including governments and broadcasters - wanting to cover national and international events such as the Africa Cup of Nations, the World Cup, African U-20 Championship and more.

"Adding global TV satellite distribution and content management fields to our current portfolio of services and solutions seemed only natural, as we have the proven experience, infrastructure and local presence and support to respond to broadcasters and service providers' needs, wherever they are." continued Watermann.

Leveraging on its global MPLS network, extensive points of presence and vast teleport operations in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the comprehensive satellite coverage under its command, SkyVision offers broadcasters - and any client that needs to deliver video services - a one-stop-shop for contribution, distribution, IPTV, OTT, turnaround and occasional-use services.

In addition to the broadcast services, SkyVision has also launched its engineering solutions specifically suited to satellite operators, such as TT&C, CSM, Satellite collocations and hosting services.

"SkyVision's dominance in delivering corporate-grade services in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the US and Asia, backed by its vast footprint through multiple satellites and PoPs, enables it to act as an established broadcasting arm to the region," Said Eyal Maimon, Broadcast and Engineering Solutions Director. "We are proud to have launched these top class solutions suited to broadcasters and satellite operators alike, and believe that our extensive knowhow in the communications arena will offer customers the added value they deserve."

East Africa has begun the migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting before the June 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Tanzania has smoothly shifted to the digital platform. Kenya also followed suit albeit coupled with many challenges notably the court cases pitting the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) with the three leading Television stations.  However, following the court ruling that saw the TV stations lose out on their demand for extension of period, the whole country has now adopted digital TV platform.

Uganda is planning to complete its digital migration in June. The country switched to digital broadcasting in August this year, starting with the central region covering a radius of 60km. Both digital and analogue platforms are running concurrently so that those without DVB-T2 decoders can continue to access TV signals as they prepare to acquire the devices ahead of the switch-off. The country is rolling out the new broadcasting platform in phases, as the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) lays down the $2 million digital signal infrastructure across the country.

Source: Press Release 1 April 2015