Canal+ launches Triple Play in Gabon – Vivendi Africa Group makes a grab for fixed bandwidth FTTH customers

20 October 2017

Vivendi Africa Group is about to make its first big push in its strategy to position itself in francophone Africa as an FTTH provider. In alliance with French Pay TV provider Canal+ it is just starting to offer a Triple Play service in one of Africa’s wealthier francophone countries, Gabon. On 10 October, TIC Mag reported that Canal+ was doing its first commercial tests for a Triple Play service. In January 2017, Vivendi Africa Group obtained a licence from the Gabonese regulator ARCEP to provide a fibre service, including FTTH. In August this year it signed a deal with country’s…


The African broadcaster is dead, long live the African broadcaster – changing to meet the mobile and digital futures

20 October 2017

Social Media, the mobile Internet and the proliferation of new DTT channels are all nipping at the heels of African broadcasters in the more competitive markets. Advertising discount rates are almost suicidal and younger audiences are slipping quietly away. Russell Southwood asks whether it’s time to change the way we think about being a broadcaster. On a trip to Nairobi in March, everyone I spoke in the Kenyan media complained about feeling the heat of the digital transition. The pressure from an increased number of TV channels (140 of them) and the downturn in the economy have bitten hard. In…


VoD and Africa - A review of existing VoD services, drivers, challenges and opportunities (July 2017 update)

180+ VoD platforms related to Africa and Black culture!  The new emerging distribution market for the African audiovisual industry is VoD. VoD and IPTV services are the best way for broadband internet operators in Africa to monetize data now!  There are very few reports that review VoD (video on demand) progress across Africa.  This report offers invaluably detailed and updated information on the state of play with VoD platforms' launches and projects across the continent. This report is ideal to prepare a business plan and convince investors and partners. The main report was initially released at the end of 2014 and…