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Fall and rise of African pay TV and SVoD

African pay TV has been a minefield for many years, with emerging contenders struggling to get a foothold on the slippery cliffs leading to Multichoice, the DTH operator that has long been dominant in the Sub Saharan part of the content. In the Arabic north, pay TV has been very slow getting going and been hamstrung by conflicts and turmoil. In Egypt, the Arab spring and its aftermath retarded growth but now at last there are prospects in this populous country of significant expansion in both DTH and IPTV services. There are signs that an IPTV service launched in 2019 by dominant telco Telecom Egypt, after striking a deal with Cable Network Egypt (CNE) to provide the latter’s channels, is…

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