ZOLA Electric and Wananchi Group’s ZUKU TV Bundle Services in Tanzania

Customers Now Receive ZUKU Digital TV Subscriptions with ZOLA Home TV Systems

San Francisco, CA (November 7, 2019) — ZOLA Electric Ltd. (“ZOLA”), the solar home system company, today announces that it has entered into an agreement with Wananchi Group Holdings Ltd.’s ZUKU TV division (“ZUKU”) to offer bundled solar home TV systems with digital TV subscriptions and other services in Tanzania. 

As a leading solar home systems company that powers more than 1 million lives across five key African countries, ZOLA has long considered Tanzania a valuable market due to its economic growth, population demographics and untapped demand for electrification.

ZUKU and ZOLA are ideal partners to meet the growing appetite for Tanzanian home entertainment. ZUKU complements ZOLA’s distributed renewable energy systems with its satellite PayTV. Together with a nationwide distribution footprint, best-in-class technology, and superior content programming, ZUKU and ZOLA will expand access to enhanced news and entertainment in the Tanzanian market. 

Commenting on this agreement, Doye Ogionwo, Chief Commercial Officer of ZOLA Electric said today: 

“I am thrilled to announce our partnership with Wananchi in Tanzania, which supports our stated strategy of diversifying the distribution of our full energy ladder through trusted and market-leading businesses. Together with ZUKU, a leading home entertainment operator with deep local credentials in Tanzania, we are looking forward to expanding our product offerings to meet the growing demand for clean and affordable power in Africa.”

Sanctus Mistime, Country Manager of Wananchi Group Tanzania added:

“The innovation of this partnership and service will enable us to reach more than 4.2 million households that do not have access to the national grid electricity and enable us to contribute significantly to the increase in information and entertainment provision in Tanzania. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for ZOLA customers to enjoy quality ZUKU Satellite TV bouquets that contain popular Tanzanian Free-to-Air channels and a large selection of popular TV channels covering various genres such as news, sports, movies, lifestyle, and entertainment.” 

About ZOLA Electric 

ZOLA Electric is the leading solar brand in Tanzania, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria, where it powers more than 1 million lives each day. ZOLA is pioneering distributed renewable energy solutions for emerging markets that are adaptable to off-grid, weak grid and microgrid use cases. With a unique design and engineering philosophy based on deep customer insights, ZOLA helps homes and businesses generate, store and consume 24/7 energy sustainably and affordably. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and Amsterdam with additional teams in Shanghai and throughout Africa. ZOLA is a recipient of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize and Ashden Award. Its investment partners include Tesla, EDF, GE, Total, DBL Partners, Helios Investment Partners, and Vulcan Capital. 

About Wananchi Group

Wananchi is a media and telecommunications company specializing in providing quality home entertainment and communication services in both retail and corporate sectors. Wananchi is East Africa’s first triple play company offering digital pay television, broadband Internet, and voice-over-IP services under the brand name Zuku (retail) and Simbanet (corporate). Wananchi has also launched a Satellite Pay TV service in five East and Southern Africa countries namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia offering an array of local-based channels, international channels covering news, documentaries, educational shows, and movies.


Press Contacts: 

Karen Navarre Wick | ZOLA Electric: press@zolaelectric.com

Veneranda Raphael | ZUKU TV: veneranda.raphael@zukutv.co.tz