Archive - Febuary 2017

 

Africa’s newest pay TV network Kwesé TV is excited to broadcast premium movie and series channel AMC, owned by AMC Networks International. Kwesé TV, which launched its full entertainment and sports bouquet earlier this month, is where African audiences can find the 24 hour AMC channel in Africa offering exciting shows such as Fear the Walking Dead and other well-known programming. 


The Fear the Walking Dead series, which has captivated fantasy loving audiences the world over, portrays the efforts of a highly dysfunctional blended family to stick together when they realize a reported virus is the onset of the undead apocalypse. African audiences can witness all the thrilling action unfold on Kwesé TV, alongside the multiple Emmy Award-winning series Breaking Bad, Into the Badlands, and The Night Manager which was the most awarded TV show of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards taking home three statuettes, among many others. 


The AMC channel, available on channel 130, has been expertly curated for Kwesé’s audiences across the continent provides rich, entertaining and engaging programming to entice even the most discerning viewer.


Speaking about this broadcasting partnership, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media, Joseph Hundah said, “We are happy to have this renowned network as part of our premium entertainment offering.” 


“AMC has established an admirable reputation for exceptional original programming. We are pleased to offer this channel to our markets, as it perfectly aligns with our focus on premium content.”


AMC joins Kwesé’s already impressive entertainment line-up offering premium entertainment which can be enjoyed anywhere and everywhere through Kwesé’s multi-platform offering. 


Louise Cottrell, Vice President, Affiliate Sales for AMCNI UK said, “We are very excited to be partnering with Econet Media and together launching AMC on Kwesé TV. AMC is all about acclaimed original series and carefully selected Hollywood movies, which we look forward to sharing with the Kwesé TV audience.”


With a mix of exclusive third-party channels, original programming and its premium owned channels, Kwesé TV is establishing themselves as a destination for compelling African and international content. More exciting developments are expected from Kwesé in the coming weeks as it expands its entertainment and sports offering. 


To subscribe to Kwesé’s pay TV network in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia visit www.kwese.com for more information. Viewers outside these markets can access selected programming from Kwesé through Kwesé’s mobile app.

 

Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom, at the official Neotel launch

Launch day marks new era of investment in Neotel’s network and services

February 10, 2017, Johannesburg: South African communications network operator Neotel has today officially become part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, marking a new era of investment in Neotel’s network and services across South Africa.

Through substantial new capital from Liquid Telecom, which is a subsidiary of Econet Global, a revitalised Neotel will emerge on the South African market with significantly enhanced service offerings for enterprises and consumers. 

Over the coming months, Liquid Telecom plans to make extensive upgrades and expansions to Neotel’s network, delivering greater levels of high-speed connectivity to more customers across South Africa.

Liquid Telecom also plans to make substantial investment in Neotel’s data centre capabilities, which currently include two Tier 3 designed state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

For the first time, Neotel’s operations and focus will also become pan-African. Its network in South Africa will link together with Liquid Telecom’s extensive fibre footprint to offer access via a single connection to over 40,000km of cross border, national and metro fibre networks. This will give Liquid Telecom unrivalled reach across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

“I am delighted to officially welcome Neotel into the Liquid Telecom Group,” says Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom. “Today is an important new chapter for Neotel. The refinancing of the company’s balance sheet will see a revitalised Neotel enter the market with the ability to offer consumers and businesses greater quality services and products delivered through world-class networks. As Liquid Telecom continues to grow, we are committed to maintaining our entrepreneurial spirit, encouraging innovation and delivering on our vision of a more connected Africa.” 

Liquid Telecom and 30% equity partner Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), a community-based South African investment group, have been preparing for the integration of Neotel since receiving regulatory approval for the ZAR 6.55 billion acquisition in December 2016. 

Key facts about Liquid Telecom’s acquisition of Neotel:

  • Liquid Telecom has a strong history of acquiring businesses and transforming them to profitability. Neotel will benefit from Liquid Telecom’s pan-African experience and technology leadership, helping to enhance systems and processes across its operations as well as drive profitability.
  • The acquisition includes two of Neotel’s Tier 3 designed state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town, which offer a combined 1,700 square metres of rack space. The facilities serve major carriers, ISPs, enterprises and international service providers, and will complement the East Africa Data Centre, which Liquid Telecom operates in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Liquid Telecom’s growth strategy combines strategic acquisitions across Africa with ongoing investment in the rollout of fibre. It also recently completed the acquisition of Tanzania’s leading ISP Raha, which will see further investment in both Raha’s network and services across Tanzania.

Munir Bharwani, Director of Startel Tanzania Ltd and Infinity Africa Network Ltd (left), at the signing ceremony with Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom (right)

Acquisition signifies further investment in the rollout of new fibre across Tanzania

February 3, 2017, Dar es Salaam

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Tanzania’s leading internet service provider Raha.

Munir Bharwani, Director of Startel Tanzania Ltd and Infinity Africa Network Ltd (left), at the signing ceremony with Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom (right)

As the company’s new majority shareholder, Liquid Telecom will strengthen Raha’s position in the Tanzania market through further investment in both its network and services.

Raha will become part of Liquid Telecom’s extensive fibre network, providing businesses with access to one single network that runs all the way from Cape Town up through Dar es Salaam and onto Nairobi, stretching over 40,000km and connecting 12 countries.

It will also enhance Liquid Telecom’s award-winning East Africa Fibre Ring, which connects Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania with direct connectivity to international subsea cables. It is the region’s first fully redundant fibre ring with multiple routing options, ensuring that customers are not affected by fibre cuts and network outages.

“We welcome Raha as the latest exciting addition to the Liquid Telecom group. Tanzania is a rapidly growing and dynamic African market, and through this acquisition we will be able to greater support the demand for internet access across the country,” said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom. 

Raha currently serves over 1500 businesses as well as a growing number of retail customers with a range of connectivity solutions, including fibre, satellite, WiMAX and Wi-Fi.

Liquid Telecom plans to invest further in the rollout of fibre across Tanzania, enabling greater access to high-speed, reliable broadband for more businesses and households. The rollout of new fibre will also help provide high-speed connectivity to more state schools across the country, supporting key education initiatives by the Tanzania government.   

In addition, Liquid Telecom will explore ways to develop and enhance Raha’s data centre facilities in Dar es Salaam.

Liquid Telecom also plans to significantly increase the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Tanzania, helping to bridge the digital divide by providing more of the population with access to the internet. Raha has already introduced over 150 free Wi-fi hotspots across all major cities in Tanzania, which are currently enjoyed by over 150,000 unique users.

“With Liquid Telecom's support, Raha can explore new ways to increase connectivity within Tanzania as well as to the rest of the region. We will also benefit from the group’s skills and expertise, helping us to achieve our vision of a more connected Tanzania,” says Aashiq Shariff, CEO, Raha.  “Our rollout plans will allow us to extend fibre coverage to thousands of new customers and create hundreds of new jobs.”

Additional information about Raha:

  • As one of the first companies to bring internet to Tanzania when it launched as a dial-up service in 1996, Raha has played an important role in improving internet access across the country.

  • Raha was also the first company in Tanzania to offer dial-up access, VSAT services, fixed wireless, cable-based internet, WiMAX and finally fibre.

  • It operates a 400km metro fibre optic network throughout the Central Business District (CBD) of Dar es Salaam as well as other areas of the Tanzania capital.

  • The company has built a dynamic and innovative reputation amongst Tanzania consumers and businesses, and in 2015 collected the prestigious Brand of the Year Award (Africa) at the Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA).

  • Internet penetration in Tanzania has increased rapidly in recent years reaching 34% in 2015. Mobile subscriptions increased by more than 24% in 2015 to 39.8 million, while the number of internet users rose 52% year-on-year to reach 17.26 million last year, according to TRCA. 

Kwesé TV –Africa’s newest pay TV network – is the exclusive African broadcaster of REVOLT TV, the American multi-platform TV Network owned by international music and business mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs.  Kwesé is the first international distribution partner for REVOLT.


REVOLT was introduced to the African market earlier this week when Kwesé launched its full entertainment and sports bouquet in Ghana, Zambia and Rwanda. The landmark agreement brings the latest breaking music news, artist interviews, exclusive performances and original programming to African audiences, exclusively on Kwesé TV channel 605.


 “Having REVOLT as part of our premium entertainment offering is a significant feat, we’re excited to be the broadcaster bringing this stable to Africa” explained President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media, Joseph Hundah. “We are gearing up to be the home of world-class and exclusive entertainment programming for the continent. Kwesé is dynamic, innovative and fresh and our channel mix reflects this.” 


REVOLT is known for providing fresh and engaging music, lifestyle and entertainment programming, a natural fit for Kwesé which is focussed on providing content that is relevant and premium. REVOLT is available to the continent through Kwesé’s multi-platform offering including linear TV, mobile app, web and streaming services, delivering premium entertainment to viewers anywhere, anytime, on any screen.


“When I introduced REVOLT, I wanted to build a platform that would inspire creators around the world and open doors for artists on a global scale,” stated REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs. “To launch in Africa is a huge honor for me and this deal illustrates the true impact REVOLT has on the culture here at home and abroad. “

Viewers can enjoy exclusive shows such as The Breakfast Club, a daily topical radio-style TV program reporting on the world’s biggest music stories and news, REVOLT Sessions which showcases intimate musical performances from the world’s most loved artists and new undiscovered talent, as well as the REVOLT Music Conference which features an unprecedented line-up of keynote speakers, panellists, and performers who converge in Miami to help viewers understand and navigate the music business. This month, REVOLT’s programming schedule will also include the 5th annual Global Spin Awards, recognizing music’s top DJs from around the world, along with the network’s #BlackExcellence programming in celebration of Black History Month.


“Our new agreement with Kwesé marks the next frontier outside of our distribution in the United States and the Caribbean,” said REVOLT Executive Vice President and Head of Content Distribution, James Brown. “This deal reinforces how our core programming strategy, which is centered around music, resonates around the world. We are thrilled to be working with a powerhouse such as Kwesé TV to bring the No. 1 name in music to the continent of Africa."


REVOLT is a leading pop-culture source offering expertly curated music programming, spanning all aspects of the music industry, and engaging youth-focused conversation on air, online and on-demand. The channel joins Kwesé’s impressive entertainment line-up which includes a broad mix of exclusive third part channels, television favourites and original programming. 

To subscribe to Kwesé’s pay TV network in Ghana, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe visit www.kwese.com for more information. Viewers outside these markets can access selected programming from Kwesé through Kwesé’s mobile app.

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