StarTimes Group was founded in 1988 by Chinese engineer Pang Xinxing,[2] who is also the company's current chairman. In 2002, StarTimes began to expand its business to Africa. In 2007, it became the first digital television operator licensed by Rwanda.[2] Since then, StarTimes has established subsidiaries in 30 African countries. In 2009, StarTimes and the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation formed a joint venture to roll out digital migration.[3] In February 2016, StarTimes was awarded a DTH license in Ivory Coast.[4] Operations began in October 2016.[5] On 23 November 2016, StarTimes was one of the three companies selected by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to establish and operate DTH distribution services in Pakistan for 15 years.[6] On 2 September 2017, the Government of Chad and StarTimes signed an agreement on digital migration. After a lengthy process, StarTimes was chosen to build a Digital Terrestrial Television network that will include digitization of national infrastructures, television broadcast and reception.[7] In 2018, StarTimes began to implement "Access to satellite TV for 10,000 African villages", a China-Africa cooperation project aimed at giving rural areas of Africa access to digital media.[8] The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and StarTimes launched in Zambia in 2017 TopStar Communication Company Limited, a public signal distributor and Zambia’s official digital migration agent, as a joint-venture.[9]

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