Africa Special 2015 | Page 14

africa061115.qxp_africa 06/11/2015 10:31 Page 8 Skyworth ships 70,000 STBs for South Africa SES secures Star Times Sub-Saharan delivery SES Platform Services confirmed that StarTimes, the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, will distribute TV channels for its directto-home (DTH) subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa via SES Platform Services’ broadcast facility in Germany. Under the new multi-year agreement, SES Platform Services will be providing signal turnaround, video processing, and uplinking services for StarTimes’ SD and HD channels. StarTimes has more than 5 million DTT and DTH subscribers across 16 countries in Africa and currently provides English-language TV content to viewers across the region via the SES-5 satellite located at 5 degrees East. “We want TV audiences in Africa to perceive StarTimes as a reliable DTH platform operator broadcasting engaging content at competitive rates to its subscribers. We are confident that SES and SES Platform Services have the space and ground infrastructure and the expertise to help us grow our TV business by “We want TV audiences in Africa to perceive StarTimes as a reliable DTH platform operator.” delivering a wider range of attractive offerings across the continent,” said StarTimes Group Chairman and President Pang Xinxing. “The new contract reiterates StarTimes’ utmost confidence in SES’s and SES Platform Services’ capabilities to provide both space and ground segment services to grow their business in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are proud to be a valued partner of StarTimes, supporting their growth ambitions in new African markets,” said Wilfried Urner, chief executive officer of SES Platform Services. 14 Africa Briefing Smart home solutions provider Shenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology - the world’s fourth largest set-top box manufacturer – revealed that its factory in Johannesburg - co-owned by local company BUA Africa – had successfully completed its first shipment, delivering a total of 70,000 set-top boxes across South Africa. Skyworth Digital chose to invest in the plant to boost its presence in South Africa and contribute to the country’s economy. “Skyworth Digital invests in its customers, their countries and the local people in order to foster long-term relationships, and so our strategy is to put our factories as close to where our customers are as possible,” said Angélique Boissy, VP global sales at Skyworth Digital. “This initiative, which we call ‘edge manufacturing’, not only allows us to contribute to our customers’ local economies, but also speeds up time-to-market and reduces operating expenses: savings which can then be passed on to our customers.” Skyworth Digital is the first company to pass South Africa’s rigid governmental Mediaset extends Comarex distribution Italian media group Mediaset has extended its long-standing partnership with international distribution company Comarex. Mediaset will have Comarex continue to represent Mediaset’s catalogue in Latin America and has added exclusive distribution rights for its full programming portfolio for Asia and Africa. Mediaset and Comarex have been working together under a strategic arrangement requirements for D