Orange Horizons, a subsidiary of French telecommunications company Orange, plans to launch its own video-on-demand (VOD) offering in South Africa next year.
According to TechCentral, although Orange Horizons already operates a retail business in South Africa via its local online retail store and a physical shop in Cape Town, the company plans to branch into the ISP business next year, a move that will eventually lead to it providing video streaming services.
“Orange Horizons plans to launch an ISP. Usually, when we are an ISP, we offer a complete range of services: Internet access, Voice over IP services, distributing, free TV channels, and a VoD offer. This is what we plan to do step by step next year. Our VOD offer could be in partnership with an existing player under the name Orange VOD.” said CEO Sébastien Crozier.
Details about the company Orange Horizons will partner with are scarce at the moment.
The Video on Demand market in South Africa is filling up fast. First, Netflix’s expansion plans will see them land on South African soil next year. Then Naspers laid its claim last month with the launch of ShowMax. There are also other players such as Vidi.
The following months should be interesting and we’ll be watching closely.