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Dataxis: 102m households in sub-Saharan region have TV

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

102 million households in the sub-Saharan region have access to television among the 225 million households constituting the region for the year 2018, according to Dataxis’ research.

Even though, the penetration is progressing, reaching 42% in 2018 compared to 40% in 2017, television has not yet fully penetrated into sub-Saharan African homes.

Households receiving exclusively free-to-air channels have been making up most of TV reception for many years, despite the FTA offers’ limitations in terms of number of channels and quality of content. Yet, this might be changing with the launch of DTH FTA platforms and the DTT migration.

Dataxis predicts Pay TV penetration to rise in the coming years, only 30% of TV homes is represented at the end of 2018. Nonetheless, the growth potential could be driven by the emergence of a young, digital oriented middle class.

On a side note, even though Pay TV operators’ ARPUs are globally decreasing, the revenues generated by television subscriptions are progressing and the pay TV market recorded a 9% growth in 2018.

Moreover, Dataxis forecast a boom in fixed and mobile connectivity in the coming years. Broadband is forecasted to gain in availability and affordability and this deployment would create the necessary conditions for the spread of OTT content consumption. Mobile data will be the primary driver behind the rapid growth in the African telecoms market. Dataxis’ research pointed out that the African continent mobile broadband connections have risen to 304 million subscribers in 2018 compared to 255 million subscribers in 2017. The growth will be facilitated by the increasing availability of 3G and ‘4G’ LTE networks.

The significant rise of Over-The-Top (OTT) service has already shaped major changes throughout the film and television industries, with all signs pointing to even greater innovation on its way in the coming years globally. Showmax, Netflix and Iroko are among the main SVOD players in the region.

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Sahar Kupersmidt appointed SVP & Head of Nordic DTH TV

By Robert Briel

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has appointed Sahar Kupersmidt as SVP & Head of Nordic DTH TV.

Sahar will lead the region wide development of NENT Group’s Viasat satellite operator business, which offers pay TV services to customers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

In her new role, Sahar will hold commercial, strategic and business development responsibility for Viasat’s satellite operator activities in the Nordic region. Local teams will continue to lead execution across the Viasat organisation, which also includes channel distribution and broadband access (Sweden) business areas.

Sahar joined NENT Group in 2007 and has held several leadership roles at the group, most recently Head of Viasat Sweden. In February 2018, she was named Female Role Model of the Year at Sweden’s Telekomgala industry awards. Sahar will report to NENT Group President & CEO Anders Jensen and will be a member of the Group Executive Management team.

Anders Jensen, NENT Group President and CEO: “Every day, NENT Group reaches millions of customers through our streaming and broadcasting services. We see huge potential in Viasat, which is one of the most recognisable entertainment brands in the Nordic region today. Sahar’s know-how, commercial acumen and unique ability to inspire will be huge assets as we maximise the impact of our Viasat offering by combining central focus with local execution.”

Sahar Kupersmidt, NENT Group SVP & Head of Nordic DTH TV: “It’s been a privilege to lead the amazing Swedish Viasat team and to achieve such great things together. Now I can’t wait to work with my talented colleagues across the whole region. Our people, content and technology will ensure that we shape this highly competitive market for years to come.”

Following Sahar’s appointment, Mahmoud Mustapha, previously Viasat Sweden’s Director of Product and Customer Experience, has been appointed VP & Head of Pay TV Sweden.

Mahmoud Mustapha, NENT Group VP & Head of Pay TV Sweden: “I’m honoured to follow Sahar Kupersmidt in leading the Viasat Sweden success story. We have an unrivalled position in pay TV and have rapidly developed a world class broadband product. We want Viasat’s offering of the very best sports, films and series to be as broadly available as possible. Our priorities are to reinforce our position in satellite, expand our broadband footprint and work even more closely with our partners.”

Both Sahar Kupersmidt and Mahmoud Mustapha take on their new roles with immediate effect.

(On the picture Sahar Kupersmidt and Mahmoud Mustafa)

Sahar Kupersmidt appointed SVP & Head of Nordic DTH TV

By Robert Briel

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has appointed Sahar Kupersmidt as SVP & Head of Nordic DTH TV.

Sahar will lead the region wide development of NENT Group’s Viasat satellite operator business, which offers pay TV services to customers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

In her new role, Sahar will hold commercial, strategic and business development responsibility for Viasat’s satellite operator activities in the Nordic region. Local teams will continue to lead execution across the Viasat organisation, which also includes channel distribution and broadband access (Sweden) business areas.

Sahar joined NENT Group in 2007 and has held several leadership roles at the group, most recently Head of Viasat Sweden. In February 2018, she was named Female Role Model of the Year at Sweden’s Telekomgala industry awards. Sahar will report to NENT Group President & CEO Anders Jensen and will be a member of the Group Executive Management team.

Anders Jensen, NENT Group President and CEO: “Every day, NENT Group reaches millions of customers through our streaming and broadcasting services. We see huge potential in Viasat, which is one of the most recognisable entertainment brands in the Nordic region today. Sahar’s know-how, commercial acumen and unique ability to inspire will be huge assets as we maximise the impact of our Viasat offering by combining central focus with local execution.”

Sahar Kupersmidt, NENT Group SVP & Head of Nordic DTH TV: “It’s been a privilege to lead the amazing Swedish Viasat team and to achieve such great things together. Now I can’t wait to work with my talented colleagues across the whole region. Our people, content and technology will ensure that we shape this highly competitive market for years to come.”

Following Sahar’s appointment, Mahmoud Mustapha, previously Viasat Sweden’s Director of Product and Customer Experience, has been appointed VP & Head of Pay TV Sweden.

Mahmoud Mustapha, NENT Group VP & Head of Pay TV Sweden: “I’m honoured to follow Sahar Kupersmidt in leading the Viasat Sweden success story. We have an unrivalled position in pay TV and have rapidly developed a world class broadband product. We want Viasat’s offering of the very best sports, films and series to be as broadly available as possible. Our priorities are to reinforce our position in satellite, expand our broadband footprint and work even more closely with our partners.”

Both Sahar Kupersmidt and Mahmoud Mustapha take on their new roles with immediate effect.

(On the picture Sahar Kupersmidt and Mahmoud Mustafa)

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