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SES now delivers almost 8,400 TV channels, according to its annual Satellite Monitor market research, the industry’s premier accounting of satellite’s TV reach, which underscores SES’s position as the leader in enabling content delivery via satellite directly and indirectly. This includes 3,130 in HD or UHD – to a total of 366 million TV homes worldwide, an increase of five million homes over the previous year. SES continues to outperform the industry with the highest number of TV homes reached and record-breaking number of channels delivered.

Read more: SES increases reach to 366 million TV homes worldwide

Part of the digitalization agenda being pursued to promote voluntary tax compliance, Ghanaian authorities have created an e-commerce and digital services registration portal to collect an 18.5% tax from non-resident companies such as Netflix, Alibaba, Amazon, Google, and online betting platforms, starting 1 April 2022.

Read more: New digital tax imposed in Ghana starting April

SES has ordered SES-26 a fully software-defined geostationary (GEO) satellite from Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo. SES-26 will maintain and expand the wide range of content delivery and connectivity services to broadcasters, media companies, telco operators, internet service providers and governmental organisations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. 

Read more: SES orders third satellite from Thales Alenia Space for services across Europe, Africa and Asia

eVulpa, a UAE based company, has been appointed to be the exclusive partner for the commercial rights of the West Asia Super League which has been created by FIBA, the International Basketball Federation recently. The West Asia Super League is a new pan-regional league for the top professional clubs in West Asia, Gulf, India and Kazakhstan.

Read more: eVulpa: A recipe for success

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) confirmed the successful conclusion of the much-anticipated high-demand radio frequency spectrum auction. The auction involved six qualified bidders: Cell C, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, MTN, Rain Networks, Telkom and Vodacom.

Read more: South Africa concludes spectrum auction profitably

Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies, has acquired a fibre pair on the Equiano subsea cable, Google’s privately funded submarine cable. This will allow the company to transport traffic up to 12 Terabits, bringing a much-needed increase in international connectivity in Western and Southern Africa.

Read more: Tech company acquires fibre pair of Google’s Equiano

The Smart Africa Alliance (SA) has signed an MOU with NADPA/RAPDP (network of African data protection authorities) to provide institutional support and enhance the enforcement capacities of the African national authorities.

Read more: Smart Africa and NADPA partner to advance the enforcement of personal data protection in Africa