Kwesé chooses Alpha Networks for African OTT expansion

Econet Media’s broadcast platform Kwesé has selected Alpha Networks to deliver its over-the-top (OTT) services Kwesé Play in South Africa and the Kwesé TV app across Africa.

Alpha is providing its Tucano back-end platform for the digital video service, which complements Kwesé’s direct-to-home (DTH) pay and free-to-air satellite TV services. The OTT services, which are being rolled out to 18 Sub Saharan African countries, are available on iOS and Android mobile devices, computers, and Roku-powered set-top boxes.

The Tucano CMS supports live, EPG and video-on-demand (VOD) content along with enhanced editorial and promotional features.

“We are excited to have partnered with Alpha Networks in the creation of a seamless end-user experience for our Kwesé Play and Kwesé TV offerings using the Tucano back-end software platform. As we continue to penetrate markets in the rest of the continent, we look forward to an enhanced customer engagement through this partnership,” said Joseph Hundah, president and CEO, Econet Media.

Kris Warreyn, CEO of Alpha Networks, said: “The pay-TV environment is more complex and users are more demanding than before. Operators want to deliver a mix of live and VOD content, either paid or Freemium, coming from different content sources, across different networks, targeting multiple screens including smartphones, tablets, STBs, smart TVs.

“Our open and modular back-end provides a faster time-to-market for delivering new services so that network operators and media companies can maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace.”