Envivo launches new OTT service in Africa with Cisco Infinite Video

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Envivo Communications Limited has announced plans to launch a new OTT streaming
video service, nVIVO TV, powered by the Cisco Infinite Video Platform, to offer its
subscribers access to more Nollywood and international video content on more
devices throughout Africa.

Nollywood content (Nigerian-grown content) is currently the fastest growing video
content in the world. Yet despite its popularity, Africa continues to register low
television penetration within households and despite the increase in number of
cinemas, there’s only an average of one cinema screen per one million people in the
region.

Streaming video is fast becoming the norm for watching movies, shows and other
video content in Africa, with many households having smartphones or other mobile
devices to use. To help broaden the availability of video content to more people in
Africa, Envivo will offer streaming video services for Nollywood and international
content across mobile devices including phones, tablets and PCs.

Envivo will use a mix of Cisco OTT video solutions including the Cisco Infinite Video
Platform, a cloud services platform for service providers and content owners to
process, secure, distribute and monetise premium video on any consumer device,
along with the Cisco Open Media Distribution for Content Delivery Network (CDN),
Virtual Media Packager and Cloud Object Storage.

The new services will be available beginning early 2018.

“The vision of nVIVO TV is to drive the African and African diaspora market toward a
new online streaming experience that provides significant domestic content,” said Olu
Obadina, chairman and chief innovation officer at Envivo Communications Limited.
“We understood from the onset that we needed a strategic partner like Cisco. With the
Infinite Video Platform as the core of our network, we are able to meet our immediate
requirements, with the scale and flexibility to expand as our needs evolve.”

“TV viewing happens on many screens beyond the home, and it has become
increasingly critical for service providers to meet consumers’ needs for video content
on their preferred screen,” said Conrad Clemson, senior vice president and general
manager, Service Provider Platforms and Applications, Cisco. “Our collaboration with
Envivo to expand its video platform with new cloud-powered streaming video
capabilities will offer new entertainment experiences for millions of people across the
region at the touch of an app.”

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Source: BizTech Africa

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