Africa's newest entertainment channel Scoop Network Africa will launch on pan-African satellite TV broadcast network Kwesé TV on 26 July 2018. Scoop Network’s programme schedule will consist of a mix of light entertainment magazines with movie, music, fashion and celebrity news. For a truly pan-African feel, the channel will be fully localised with African Voice Overs, a daily, locally produced entertainment news show and other local productions.
Scoop Network, which is already available in multiple territories around the world, will join Kwesé TV's exciting entertainment line-up with an exclusive tailor-made feed produced by a dedicated editorial team from Dutch Indie FCCE based in Nairobi, Kenya for English speaking African territories. In addition to the Daily Entertainment News, other programme highlights include a weekly Saturday Night's 'Spotlight On' magazine show showcasing celebrity events, awards shows, fashion weeks and so much more. Kenyan audiences are in for a real treat on Scoop Network which will boast a whole host of local shows namely, 'Snoops', an all-African gossip show presented from Nairobi, and 'Entertainment Catch Up' both anchored by African talent. Watch this space because in the near future Scoop Network Africa will launch a talent search campaign for presenters and reporters under the banner 'I am Scoop Network'. The channel will be supported with social media and a website.
"It's the first fully localized feed of Scoop Network and we're very confident the local audience will enjoy the mix of national and international content." said Justus A. G. Verkerk, CEO of FCCE. "Around the world we meet cable- and mobile operators, all looking for new and exclusive options. We offer an affordable turn-key solution. We're really proud to work with Kwesé as a partner in 18 African countries. The new editorial team in the FCCE Nairobi office, our own studio facilities, local crews and local presenters and reporters will guarantee the local tone of voice and content. The talent search campaign is something that is really in the DNA of our company; we hope we can give young people from the African continent a platform to show case their talent. And maybe, we even facilitate a spring board to the international markets. We already received screen tests that can compete in any other market. We're very excited about all these new opportunities."
Joseph Hundah, Econet Media President and Group CEO said "Kwesé prides itself in offering exclusive cutting edge entertainment programming to cater for our dynamic young audiences. Scoop is a channel enjoyed by many across the globe and we are excited to be the first TV network to introduce it to the African market."
Scoop Network will be available on Kwesé’s pay TV satellite platform available in 13 Sub-Saharan Africa countries. To find out how to subscribe to Kwesé TV and for dealer locations visit www.kwese.com.
London, July 18, 2018; Liquid Telecom has announced that Ahmad Mokhles has been appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer (GCOO), a new position within the group.
Effective immediately, Ahmad will help drive operational excellence across the group’s 13 countries of operation, creating value for its shareholders and achieving new economies of scale.
Ahmad brings over 20 years of ICT experience to the role, having worked for some of the Middle East and Africa’s largest telecoms groups, including Orascom, Etisalat, Ooredoo and Airtel Africa.
“Ahmad is uniquely qualified to oversee the group’s operations as we expand further across Africa. He brings exceptional experience to the role and will help guide the company through our next phase of growth and innovation,” said Nic Rudnick, Group CEO, Liquid Telecom.
Prior to joining Liquid Telecom, Ahmad served as COO for Airtel Nigeria. Before that, he served as Executive Vice President of Consumer and Digital Business for du, overseeing the company’s Smart City business, and has also served as CCO for Asiacell Iraq, part of Ooredoo Group.
“I am pleased to be joining Liquid Telecom during such an exciting period of growth for the group. I look forward to working with the rest of the management team to enhance our operating structures and increase efficiency,” said Ahmad.
Abuja, July 13, 2018, Leading pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, and Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator, announced today at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable Liquid Telecom to shortly complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt.
Under the MoU, Liquid Telecom will link its network from Sudan into Telecom Egypt’s network via a new cross border interconnection – bringing together a 60,000km network that runs from Cape Town, through all the Southern, Central, and Eastern African countries, and has now reached the border between Sudan and Egypt. The Cape to Cairo network - often referred to as “the One Africa” broadband network - has been in the making for over ten years and serves some of the largest global companies with some of the fastest network speeds on the continent.
“Completing our vision of building a single network running on land, all the way from Cape to Cairo is a historic moment for the company and for a more connected Africa. This network not only represents a remarkable engineering achievement that has overcome some of the most challenging distances and terrains on the continent, but it is also supporting the rise of Africa’s digital economies,” said Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet.
Mr Masiyiwa also observed that: “Wherever the One Africa network has been completed we have seen dramatic increase of data traffic between nations connected to it. We expect to see a lot of traffic between Egypt and the rest of Africa. Where there is improved communications, improved trade follows as well. We need to see more trade between African countries.”
As part of the strategic partnership, Liquid Telecom and Telecom Egypt will share network infrastructure and explore further areas of collaboration, including joint network services, a peering arrangement and a voice interconnection agreement.
Telecom Egypt, which has served Egyptian customers for over 160 years, will offer Liquid Telecom unrivalled reach through interconnection services, while Egypt Telecom’s customers will benefit from access to Liquid Telecom’s pan-African fibre network.
“This MoU is a great step in our strategy to penetrate the African market and avail Telecom Egypt’s most advanced technology and global infrastructure services to customers across Africa. We look forward to working alongside Liquid Telecom to develop new network services and products that will help stimulate intra-regional trade,” said Ahmed El Beheiry, Telecom Egypt’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
The 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), which is the foremost pan-African multilateral financial institution devoted to financing and promoting intra- and extra-African trade, is being held this week from 11 to 14 July in Abuja, Nigeria. It brings together banking industry professionals, trade and trade finance practitioners and other parties involved in economic development from across Africa and beyond.
“The roll-out of infrastructure, particularly high-speed networks, is crucial for stimulating intra-regional trade. The Cape to Cairo network sets a new standard for Africa and will open-up new trade opportunities across the region. Our congratulations to Telecom Egypt and Liquid Telecom for reaching an agreement to complete the Cape to Cairo network,” said Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank.