At the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in December 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed that China would like to implement "Ten Major Cooperation Plans" with the African side in the next three years. Among them, the Humanities Cooperation Plans proposed the "Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages Project". The Ministry of Commerce, in conjunction with the Publicity Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Council of the Central Committee of the CPC, selected StarTimes Software Technology Co., Ltd. (Hereinafter referred to as "StarTimes Software") as the sole executing unit of the "Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages Project".
This project is an important symbol of China-Africa cooperation, and is also a concrete practice of constructing "China-Africa community with a shared future", which will benefit 10,112 villages in 23 African countries with a contract value of $218 million. In this project, StarTimes Software is equipped with 2 sets of solar energy projection TV system and 1 set of digital TV all-in-one system for public area of each village. StarTimes Software also set top digital TV box for 20 families in each village and is responsible for program transmission, operation and maintenance for over the next 5 years.
The " Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages Project" is a large-scale project, which is especially difficult to implement. However, relying on its outstanding technical strength, unrivalled cross-state project implementation capacity, excellent comprehensive after-sales service capacity and wide market recognition, StarTimes Software has taken firm steps to implement. By the end of August 2019, of the total 8,162 villages in the 23 countries with the implementation conditions, there were 7,451 villages realizing signal entry into the villages, with a completion rate of 91.3%; more than 150,000 families are directly assisted, and more than 10 million people can be reached through collective viewing.