GOtv Plus subscribers score big with special AFCON channel

GOtv Plus subscribers now have a special AFCON-dedicated channel that will bring Africa’s biggest sporting spectacle, the 2015 Orange Africa "Read more"

GOtv rallys behind COFEK with price slash on decoders

There has been a last minute surge in the take up of set top boxes as the digital migration "Read more"

Polestar is now LG distributor in Nairobi and Mombasa  

LG East Africa has signed a distributorship agreement with Polestar which has several brand shops in Nairobi and Mombasa. The new "Read more"

You can now buy GOtv decoders at half the cost

MultiChoice Kenya has announced a 50 per cent price reduction in the cost of its GOtv decoders to help "Read more"

ITU’s Indicators’ symposium recognizes progress made by  countries in ICT development

Government officials and ICT experts recognized the progress made by countries in ICT development and discussed the future of "Read more"

GOtv Plus subscribers score big with special AFCON channel

afconGOtv Plus subscribers now have a special AFCON-dedicated channel that will bring Africa’s biggest sporting spectacle, the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.

The channel, which will stay open for the duration of the tournament, will be available to subscribers on the GOtv Plus bouquet (where available). The AFCON channel from SuperSport is guaranteed to become Kenya’s number one destination for all the soccer action taking place on the pitch in Equatorial Guinea where the 16 qualifying nations will engage in a battle to be crowned the ‘Kings of African Football’.

All subscribers who have digitally migrated to GOtv will have access to a select number of AFCON games on the Select 1 channel however, introduction of the special AFCON channel on the GOtv Plus bouquet means that subscribers will have access to all 32 AFCON live matches.

Not only will GOtv Plus subscribers get to enjoy the upcoming AFCON tournament on channel 35, but in between the match breaks, they’ll also have access to live and delayed local football matches from the Kenya Premier League, Uganda Super League and the Cecafa tournaments along with magazine programmes and football highlights.

The GOtv Plus subscription is available for Kshs 1,700 which includes a decoder and 2 months GOtv Plus subscription. The offer not only gives new subscribers access to the AFCON matches but also all the East Africa premier league matches and other sports (mainly cricket, athletics, rugby and boxing) and 32 other channels.

The AFCON channel will be available on the GOtv Plus Bouquet, channel 35 from 09:00 CAT on Saturday January 17, 2015 until 23:59 CAT on February 8, 2015.

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GOtv rallys behind COFEK with price slash on decoders

Felix Kyengo, GM, GOtv Kenya and Janet Oyugi, Acting GM, Multichoice Kenya pose with new Gotv decoders at a past event.

Felix Kyengo, GM, GOtv Kenya and Janet Oyugi, Acting GM, Multichoice Kenya pose with new Gotv decoders at a past event.

There has been a last minute surge in the take up of set top boxes as the digital migration deadline looms large. The impending analogue signal switch-off has stirred a series of awareness activations such as the COFEK road show which snaked from Upper Hill, through the Central Business District to various estates in Eastlands.

This follows the kick off of the COFEK Consumers Dialogue Forum to sensitive Kenyans on the digital migration process and the scheduled deadlines for various regions countrywide. The imminent switch-off of the outlandish analogue signal has seen players in the digital space slash their prices and ratchet-up supply to meet the burgeoning demand.

MultiChoice Kenya recently announced a 50 per cent price reduction in the cost of its GOtv decoders to help speed up Kenya’s Analogue Switch Off efforts set for December 31, 2014.

The company’s swift reaction to reduce the price of the GOtv set top box from Kshs 3,399 to Kshs 1,799 (including 2-month GOtv Plus subscription) means that consumers are not only offered the easiest and most affordable way to join the digital revolution but are also guaranteed a festive season jam-packed with great entertainment.

Both MultiChoice Kenya’s content delivery platforms, Satellite Direct-to-Home (DStv) and Digital Terrestrial Transmission (GOtv), are already digital therefore current subscribers will not be affected by the analogue switch off.

GOtv, which prides itself on being the most innovative pay television service available in Kenya, provides subscribers with digital quality picture and sound plus access to an exciting selection of the best in local and international channels. These include; NTV, KBC, KTN, Citizen TV, M-Net Movies Zone, Select Sport 1 & 2, Africa Magic World, Maisha Magic Swahili, One Gospel, E! Entertainment, Channel O and, eTV Africa, to name a few.

Since its launch in 2011, GOtv has been playing a pivotal role in assisting the Kenyan government to achieve a smooth transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

“GOtv is uniquely placed as the home of African television. We have made great progress in delivering channels made in Kenya for Kenyans – like Maisha Magic Swahili – and have committed ourselves to offering channels made in Africa for Africa,” said Mr Kyengo.

Kyengo also assures Kenyans of an extensive GOtv decoder distribution network in all leading supermarkets and MutiChoice agents countrywide.

“The first switch off will happen in Nairobi on December 31 and we therefore urge consumers to purchase their GOtv decoders well ahead of the deadline to avoid the last minute rush.” he says.

Kyengo concludes by adding that GOtv channels have been carefully selected to cater for a variety of different tastes and family viewing needs at a very affordable price.

GOtv decoders will be available at over 2000 selling points in the city. For  a full list of retailers, go to the GOtv website.

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Polestar is now LG distributor in Nairobi and Mombasa  

Moses Marji, the LG East Africa Marketing General Manager (left) and Rakesh Singh, the Polestar Kenya General Manager cut a ribbon to mark their distributorship agreement as well as the opening of a new Polestar brand shop in Westlands.

Moses Marji, the LG East Africa Marketing General Manager (left) and Rakesh Singh, the Polestar Kenya General Manager cut a ribbon to mark their distributorship agreement as well as the opening of a new Polestar brand shop in Westlands.

LG East Africa has signed a distributorship agreement with Polestar which has several brand shops in Nairobi and Mombasa.

The new agreement will see LG have a second brand shop in Mombasa as well increase service centres footprint. The deal was signed shortly before Polestar opened a new brand shop on Westlands, Mpaka Road where it will only sell home and entertainment appliances.

Speaking when he officially opened the showroom, Moses Marji, the LG East Africa Marketing Manager said the facility will help bring LG Electronics world class technology closer to Westlands.

“This will also bring after-sales-services closer to our customers in Westlands. LG Electronics will liaise closely with Polestar and Westlands customers can still reach our customer care offices directly through 0800 545454 for any queries or assistance,” said Mr Marji.

LG Electronics is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 offices around the world.

The company recently announced a raft of new innovative products an intelligent messaging service dubbed HomeChat. The service employs Natural Language Processing (NLP) and LINE, the popular mobile messenger app with over 300 million users, to let homeowners communicate, control, monitor and share content with LG’s latest smart appliances.

LG HomeChat incorporates the popular LINE application to allow users to receive recommendations and control settings of smart appliances like refrigerator, washing machine or oven when away from home.

“We are proud to be associated with a trusted brand such as LG Electronics and we ready to latch onto the company’s continued innovation and steady growth,” said Rakesh Singh, the Polestar Kenya General Manager.

LG comprises five business units― Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solution and Vehicle Components ― and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators.

LG Electronics reported recently reported an 87 per cent jump in third-quarter net profit from a year ago after profits from its mobile unit surged to a five-year high. Net profit for the electronics giant in the July-September period amounted to US $193 million, up 87 percent from a year ago.

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You can now buy GOtv decoders at half the cost

Felix Kyengo, GM, GOtv Kenya.

Felix Kyengo, GM, GOtv Kenya.

MultiChoice Kenya has announced a 50 per cent price reduction in the cost of its GOtv decoders to help speed up Kenya’s Analogue Switch Off efforts set for December 31st 2014.

The company’s swift reaction to reduce the price of the GOtv set top box from Sh3,399 to Sh1,799 (incl. 2 month GOtv Plus subscription) means that consumers are not only offered the easiest and most affordable way to join the digital revolution but are also guaranteed a festive season jam-packed with great entertainment.

Both MultiChoice Kenya’s content delivery platforms, Satellite Direct-to-Home (DStv) and Digital Terrestrial Transmission (GOtv), are already digital therefore current subscribers will not be affected by the analogue switch off.

GOtv, which prides itself on being the most innovative pay television service available in Kenya, provides subscribers with digital quality picture and sound plus access to an exciting selection of the best in local and international channels. These include; NTV, KBC, KTN, Citizen TV, M-Net Movies Zone, Select Sport 1 & 2, Africa Magic World, Maisha Magic Swahili, One Gospel, E! Entertainment, Channel O and, eTV Africa, to name a few.

Since its launch in 2011, GOtv has become a major player in Kenya’s transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting.

“GOtv is uniquely placed as the home of African television. We have made great progress in delivering channels made in Kenya for Kenyans – like Maisha Magic Swahili – and have committed ourselves to offering channels made in Africa for Africa,” said Mr Kyengo.

Kyengo also assures Kenyans of an extensive GOtv decoder distribution network in all leading supermarkets and MutiChoice agents countrywide.

“The first switch off will happened in Nairobi on 31 December we therefore urge consumers to purchase their GOtv decoders well ahead of the deadline to avoid the last minute rush.” he says.

Kyengo concludes by adding that GOtv channels have been carefully selected to cater for a variety of different tastes and family viewing needs at a very affordable price.

GOtv decoders will be available at over 2000 selling points in the city. The full list of GOtv decoder retailers is available here.

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ITU’s Indicators’ symposium recognizes progress made by  countries in ICT development

ReportGovernment officials and ICT experts recognized the progress made by countries in ICT development and discussed the future of ICT measurement at the ITU indicators symposium (WTIS), held in Tbilisi, Georgia, from November 24 – 26, 2014.

 

The symposium was opened by Prime Minister of Georgia Mr Irakli Garibashvili in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development and Vice-Prime Minister of Georgia Mr George Kvirikashvili, Chairman of the Georgian National Communication Commission Mr Vakhtang Abashidze, ITU Deputy Secretary-General Mr Houlin Zhao, and Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Mr Brahima Sanou.

 

“ITU is committed to accompanying countries on their journey to universal access,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. “ICT statistics provide clear indicators on progress in the sector and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development has helped countries set specific targets to establish a truly global information society.”

 

For the first time, ITU’s flagship statistics report, ‘Measuring the Information Society Report’ was launched at WTIS. The ICT Development Index country rankings were also announced at an award ceremony. Denmark ranked Number One in ITU’s ICT Development Index (IDI), a composite measurement that ranks 166 countries according to their level of ICT access, use and skills.

 

The IDI top 30-rankings include economies from Europe and from other regions including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, Macao (China), New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Almost all countries surveyed improved their IDI ranking this year.

 

The Report was launched simultaneously on 24 November in Tbilisi, Georgia; Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia; Bangkok, Thailand; Brasilia, Brazil; and Cairo, Egypt.

 

Three days of discussions featured debates on the post-2015 development agenda and future priorities for ICT for development; big data and the future of ICT measurement; measuring competition, regulation and affordability of ICT services; and data quality assurance.

 

Participants stressed the critical role that ICTs play in achieving sustainable development goals. They discussed the new post-2015 priorities for ICT policy and the overall role of ICTs in the post-2015 development agenda.

Panellists also focused on the role of big data for future ICT measurement and stressed the huge possibilities offered by big data for new ICT indicators.

 

“Year after year, this event is getting bigger and better,” said Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “This shows the increasing importance of measuring the information society and the role of ICTs in the post-2015 development agenda.”

 

At a ceremony held on 26 November, the Government of Japan offered to host WTIS 2015.

 

The three-day symposium is the main international forum to discuss ICT statistics. Organized by ITU, and hosted this year by the Government of Georgia, the event welcomed around 250 participants, including Ministers, Vice-Ministers and Directors-General and leaders from business, academia and the United Nations.

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