Bboxx Kenya and StarTimes partner to grow TV access to off-grid customers

Bboxx Kenya and StarTimes partner to grow TV access to off-grid customers

Thursday 31st March 2022 – Bboxx Kenya has today entered a partnership with Pay Television Company StarTimes media that will see its off-grid customers across the country access digital television services.

Bboxx Power which provides pay-as-you-go solar home system services to over 500,000 Kenyans through affordable payment plans, will now offer its customers the option to bundle the brand’s Mdosi TV package that comes with an option for a 24- or 32-inch TV with StarTimes hardware including cam cards, antennas and satellite dish thereby providing Bboxx customers with access to StarTimes local and international television channels.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Bboxx Kenya Managing Director Mr. Jeff Vanden Berghe noted that the two brands will work closely together to offer unparalleled support towards ensuring a smooth customer experience as the energy and media company partner towards transforming and unlocking the potential of Kenyans through access to clean energy, information, and entertainment.

“We will leverage on our individual strengths towards our goal of improving the quality of life for rural and urban dwellers. We are currently present in 34 counties and growing, we see lots of potential in working with off-grid households where through this new partnership, we will not only provide clean energy solutions, but also access to infotainment,” noted Jeff Vanden Berghe, Bboxx Kenya Managing Director.

Bboxx customers currently place a deposit of KES 5,499 for the 50 Watts Mdosi 24-inch TV option or KES 7,999 for the 80 Watts Mdosi 32-inch TV option inclusive solar appliance, four bulb lighting, rechargeable torch, USB charger. They will add an additional KES 1,000 on the deposit and a daily fee of as low as KES 25 for access to the NOVA StarTimes bouquet. Customers will have the choice to subscribe daily, weekly, or monthly to the pay television service.

On his part, StarTimes Chief Executive Office Mr. Hanson Wang said, “This is a strategic partnership that will enable off-grid customers access our rich content genre, we are confident that moving forward we will not only grow our subscriber base but also play a significant role towards driving access to powerful social benefits that is achieved through access to information and entertainment by the households.”

Bboxx Kenya, recently secured a KES 1.6 billion facility towards providing access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy through off-grid solar home systems in Kenya. The brand plans to acquire a new inventory over the next two years.

This will include 89,600 solar home systems and essential appliances such as fridges and phones which are expected to serve 470,000 people, 80% of whom are based in rural areas and majority of whom currently use torches and non-traditional fuel, such as wood and kerosene, as their main source of lighting.

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Bboxx is a data-driven super platform, transforming lives and unlocking potential by connecting consumers and deploying innovative products across Africa.

Bboxx is championing the economic empowerment of Africa, accelerating the transition to the digital economy and creating new markets. We have built Bboxx Pulse®, a fully integrated operating system, and combined it with an extensive on-the-ground network to connect customers with clean energy, clean cooking, smartphones, e-mobility and selected financial products – many for the first time.

We are connecting both underserved rural communities and aspiring urban ones with a highly convenient and affordable way to access life-changing solutions, through last mile logistics and data-powered innovative financing methods. We offer our services on a pay-as-you-go basis to households, businesses, and communities, enabling African consumers to unlock their potential.

We build strategic partnerships with investors, utilities providers, global companies, and governments to accelerate growth and provide a wide range of products to consumers in Africa. Our partners are seizing a massive market opportunity by plugging into Bboxx – developed through green tech and big data and designed for scale.

Following the successful acquisition of solar energy frontrunner PEG Africa in 2022, Bboxx is now positively impacting the lives of more than 3.5 million people in 10 operating markets, directly contributing to 11 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Bboxx and its group of companies is one of the largest networks in Africa, with over 4,000 staff across Africa and offices in the UK and Asia.

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