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President Julius Maada Bio looks forward to having StarTimes in Sierra Leone

By Abu Bakarr Kargbo (People's Daily Online)    09:00, September 06, 2018

President Bio receiving a gift from StarTimes in Beijing

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio said he looks forward to having StarTimes in Sierra Leone when paying a visit to headquarters of the company on Monday in Beijing where he is attending the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

During the visit there, President Bio witnessed the MOU Signing Ceremony between Sierra Leone Government and StarTimes. He remarked: “We are very pleased with the presentation today and we look forward to working and cooperating with StarTimes.”

President Bio noted that it presents a great potential for Sierra Leonean people to view programs around the world and the government would give StarTimes necessary support to be able to start and to broadcast.

“I look forward to having StarTimes in Sierra Leone.”

Accompanied by the President of StarTimes Group, Pang Xinxing, President Bio also visited StarTimes Network Operation Center, Dubbing Center and R&D Institution. And the President and First Lady even experienced as hosts in the TV program broadcasting studio.

Pang Xinxing announced that StarTimes will donate an amount of projector TVs to 50 Sierra Leonean rural villages, enabling them to watch wonderful digital TV programs.

Founded in 1988, StarTimes Group is a Chinese multinational media company headquartered in Beijing. After many years in development, StarTimes has become a major System Integrator, Technology Provider, Network Operator, and Content Provider in African television broadcasting industry.

Today, as the leading digital-TV operator in Africa, StarTimes is serving nearly 20 million users and covering whole of the continent's population with a massive distribution network. It has established subsidiaries in 30 African countries, including Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Senegal, Burundi, Guinea, Madagascar, Central Africa, Cameroon, Mozambique, etc.

StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children's programs, fashion, religion etc. The channels are broadcast in 10 different languages, such as English, French, Portuguese, Africa indigenous languages and Chinese. StarTimes are operating 42 self-owned channels, including StarTimes World Football, Novela, KungFu, Sino Drama, Series, Guide, Movies, Bollywood, Swahili and DADIN KOWA.

StarTimes has established an enormous network system which is able to provide service to tens of millions of subscribers. With a signal distribution platform, a Direct-to-Home satellite TV platform (DTH) and a digital terrestrial TV platform (DTT), StarTimes has made its signal available throughout the African continent, Europe continent and part of Asian continent.

To fulfill the growing demand on online video, StarTimes pioneers its video streaming service in African market. Just ahead 2018 Russia World Cup, StarTimes officially launched video streaming service, having enabled million users to watch all 64 World Cup matches in HD on StarTimes App. Now StarTimes App has accumulated 8 million users in the market, becoming the leading online video service provider in the market. 

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