Monthly Archives: January 2021

Airtel partners with Mastercard to roll out virtual debit card for online transactions in Uganda

Airtel Uganda partners with Mastercard to roll out a virtual debit card offering Airtel Money customers a safe, convenient and secure platform to transact online globally. The virtual (non-plastic) card enables Airtel Money customers, even those without a bank account, to make payments to local and global online merchants that accept Mastercard cards like Netflix, [...]

Vodacom to roll out satellite-based network in Africa

South African mobile communications company, Vodacom, is considering to offer mobile connectivity with 4G and 5G speeds through a satellite-based communications service in several African countries in 2023. This agreement is a collaboration between Vodacom Group and AST SpaceMobile, which is developing the worlds first global broadband cellular network in space to be used directly [...]

Abu Dhabi Media partners with STARZPLAY to live-stream UFC events in MENA

Abu Dhabi Media, the UAEs public service broadcaster, and STARZPLAY, the regions subscription video on-demand service, announced a strategic collaboration to live-stream UFC events across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The partnership comes ahead of UFC Fight Islands return to Abu Dhabi from January 16th, and the awaited bout between UFC superstar Conor McGregor [...]

SES rolled out HD Plus for Ghana

Viewers in Ghana will have the opportunity to enjoy up to 12 of the countrys most popular TV channels following the introduction of SES HD Plus Ghana. The SES service will enhance the 100 standard definition channels available in Ghana which can be viewed for a monthly GHS25 (3.49) following a two-month trial period. Payment [...]

beIN Sports to air Australian Open 2021 men’s qualifying in MENA

beIN Sports will air the 2021 Australian Open mens qualifying on its OTT service beIN Connect for its subscribers live from the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar. Since the pandemic started, Qatar has gradually become the COVID-safe sports hub, with an array of major international events and tournaments relocating to the [...]

Molotov to expand its footprint in seven French-speaking African countries

French startup Molotov offers an OTT TV streaming service in France with live TV, premium channels, a cloud DVR and on-demand content. Even though the service has been able to attract 13 million users in France, it has yet to expand to other countries. Molotov is willing to expand its footprint this year with a dozen countries [...]

Etisalat to roll out the first open and autonomous network in MENA

Etisalat is building the regions first open, autonomous and secured network. Etisalat will use Ciscos Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning automation to simplify its Emirates Internet Exchange (EMIX) operations with a set of innovative use cases. The move will help pave the way for the efficient management of the huge quantities of data that will [...]

ONTime Sports 3 channel introduced in Egypt

ONTime Sports Channel Group has rolled out a new channel called ONTime Sports 3 to air the 2021 World Cup Handball Championship matches, which will be held in Egypt from January 13 to 31, 2021. The channel, which started airing officially on January 8, is available on Nilesat. The 2021 IHF World Mens Handball Championship [...]

Showmax and CANAL+ announce first Kenyan Original series

Showmax and CANAL+ have begun production on Crime & Justice, a gritty police procedural and legal show set in Nairobi. Crime & Justice features a heavy-weight cast with Sarah Hassan (Plan B, How to Find a Husband) and Alfred Munyua (Poacher, The First Grader, Sense8) starring as Makena and Silas, the two detectives at the [...]

Ooredoo seals 5G agreement with Ericsson in MENA

The Ooredoo Group has sealed the acquisition of fifth-generation (5G) equipment from Swedish telecoms supplier Ericsson. The five-year agreement includes the supply of 5G radio, core and transport products and solutions, as well as related implementation and integration services. The products and services will be launched across the ten Ooredoo operating companies in Qatar, Indonesia, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, [...]