President Pang’s speech at the 30th anniversary of the founding of StarTimes Group: We never give up!
18th October, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the
founding of StarTimes. President of StarTimes Group, Pang Xinxing led a running
for the 30th anniversary and gave a stirring speech for the
celebration at StarTimes Beijing Headquarters on the day, stressing the “We never
give up” spirit of the company.
The following are parts of Pang’s speech at the 30th anniversary of the founding of StarTimes Group:
Today, we get
together here to celebrate the 30th birthday of StarTimes, reviewing our
development history, and opening a new journey for the future.
On the same day 30 years ago, StarTimes was born in
Qinhuangdao City. After 30 years of development, StarTimes has experienced
tremendous changes and grown from small to large. Standing here today to share
this great day with everyone, I’m filled with all sorts of emotions and the
past time is still vivid before my eyes.
At the early stage of business, StarTimes had no
resources, no connections, no experience. Adhering to the spirit of hard work,
we strived to learn and work hard. One order by order, on province by province,
we gradually opened up the market. Thanks to the spirit of persistence,
StarTimes has created several NO.1s in the Chinese broadcasting and TV
industry. The accumulation of this period has not only formed a corporate
culture of “customer-centered, struggle-oriented, persistence in innovation,
integrity, diligence, dedication”, but also preliminarily established the
vision of “becoming media group with global influence”. It has laid an
important and solid foundation for us to go abroad and advance overseas.
In 2002, StarTimes went abroad to Africa and began
to expand overseas markets. In 2007, we obtained the first operating license in
Rwanda, officially opening a new journey for the investment, construction and
operation of digital TV network in Africa. In the past ten years, we have built
the world's largest heterogeneous network platform across continents, countries
and networks, and created a content generation mechanism integrating program
integration, program translation and program production. We have set up an
international, localized and professional team, with business in 37 countries
in Africa and more than 20 million users.
In the past 30 years, the setbacks that we have had
experienced, the difficulties we have had overcome, and the crises that had
been resolved cannot be expressed by numbers. But no matter what, we always
stay true to our mission and never give up. In the spirit of persistence, we
are unswervingly moving toward our established goals.
During the 15 years in Africa, we have grown from
nobody to the fastest-growing and most influential digital TV operator, forming
a strategic situation of tripartite confrontation with the Naspers and Vivendi
Group. Apart from that, we founded the African Digital TV Development Seminar,
created the digital migration model, undertook the great project of “Provide
Satellite TV Access to 10,000 African Villages”, and held the highly acclaimed
dubbing contest, the film and television exhibition season, the movie caravan
to the countryside, etc. we have become a progressive force full of vigor and
vitality in the African media field.
No matter how the market changes, no matter how
perilous the situation is, our vision of “enabling every African family to
afford digital TV, watch digital and enjoy digital TV” remains unchanged. It is
us who ended the era in Africa when watching TV is the privilege of just a few
rich people; it is us who pushed for the development of African radio and
television from analog to digital; it is us who opened up a window for African
people to understand the world and understand China; it is us who brought the
advanced technology, products and services to Africa and enable the African
people to join us in sharing the beauty of digital TV! It can be said that we
are engaged in a great and noble cause that promotes the development of African
30 years isn’t a
short time; it marks a milestone in the quest for a better future. 30 years
isn’t a long time, because our rich heritage will steer us to greater heights
against all odds. I believe in the near future, StarTimes will make a major
breakthrough by becoming the world’s leading media group with global impact.
Last, I would like
to thank you all for your contributions to StarTimes. In the meantime, I hope
everyone will firmly believe that together we can and we will realize even
bigger dreams and make an even bigger impact!