Startimes Goes for Off-Grid Customers with New Solar Partnership

StarTimes CEO Hanson Wang (left) and Bboxx Solar MD Jeff Vanden Berghe (right)

Utility company Bboxx Solar has announced a partnership with pay-TV company StartTimes that will see off-grid Kenyans access digital TV services.

Bboxx Solar, which presents itself as a company that ‘seeks to solve energy poverty through clean, affordable, and reliable solar solutions’, has since offered its energy product to more than half a million Kenyans.

Customers enjoy the product through affordable payment plans, just like what M-Solar does.

Now, with the new collaboration, customers will have 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, effectively providing Bboxx customers with access to StarTimes local and international television channels.

Bboxx customers will place a deposit of KSH 5,499 for the 50 watts Mdosi 24-inch TV option or KSH 7,999 for the 80 watts Mdosi 32-inch TV option inclusive solar appliance, four bulb lighting, rechargeable torch, USB charger and StarTimes bouquet of choice with the option to subscribe daily, weekly or monthly to the pay television service.

Just the other day, Bboxx Kenya secured a KES 1.6 billion facility towards providing access to 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.

“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 Bboxx Solar Managing Director Mr. Jeff Vanden Berghe.

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.”