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VNova is partnering with over-the-top (OTT) company Simplestream to launch a new pan-African streaming service - Movies, Video, Music, Opportunity (MVMO) - later this year.

Guido Meardi CEO and Co Founder V Nova 11 Sept 19Currently trialing in several locations, the service has partnered with major content providers including Times Multimedia TMM for news. However, MVMO will also provide a platform for independent producers in Africa to publish and monetise their content.

The service will combine the high-efficiency V-Nova P+ codec-agnostic enhancement and easily deployed Simplestream streaming platform to deliver a wide range of content to viewers. When up and running, MVMO will be one of the first platforms to deploy the MPEG-5 Part 2 LCEVC compression standard, supported by P+.

“The combination of Simplestream and V-Nova technologies has provided us with a versatile and highly-efficient streaming platform that allows us to reach a vast untapped audience across any mobile network. We will be launching MVMO at the international CAX weekend event in Kigali, Rwanda in December and look forward to welcoming our first viewers to this unique new platform,” said Sandra Iyawa, CEO of Times Multimedia and chief content officer for MVMO.

Although investment in Africa’s mobile infrastructure is continuing with some 5G networks imminent, many people still only have access to 2G or 3G communications. Offering robust video quality at very low bitrates when required is therefore critical for customers.

“Simplestream’s remarkable platform has revolutionised content distribution and continues to break new ground in the initiation of new streaming services. Our P+ software library is fundamental to the feasibility of this service as it allows people to enjoy video even on 2G networks with a bitrate of only 100 Kbps but also enables high quality full HD at just 1Mbps. Integrating P+ into Simplestream’s platform will open up opportunities worldwide,” said Guido Meardi (pictured), CEO and co-founder, V-Nova.

Dan Finch, chief commercial officer of Simplestream, added: “We are very pleased to be partnering with MVMO and V-Nova on the development and introduction of this hugely exciting new service. We see a lot of potential for V-Nova’s P+ technology to enable a larger reach to consumers and an improved quality of service in territories such as Africa that are particularly dependent on mobile networks.”

The MVMO platform has been developed in association with the Creative Africa Exchange (**CAX**), a marketplace for the continent’s creative and cultural industry, sponsored by Afreximbank.