I welcome you again to another delightful edition of Africa Telecom and & IT magazine. This copy in your hand is an edition you may not drop until the last page has been read because of the very insightful and trending topics treated. The cover line is focussed on The Pains and Gains of Digital Dividends. Many stakeholders have been taken aback on the snail pace approach of Africa to the implementation of the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) mandate on the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. Except two, other African nations missed the initial deadline of 17 June 2015.
Now the so-called threat of blackout of the entire broadcasting industry at the deadline has been demystified. This is because the threat of shut out of African citizens from broadcasting ecosystem has not manifested. As a matter of fact, in some climes where the directive has been partially implemented, the analogue and digital platforms co-exist without the mass of the population noticing the difference.
However, beyond the hysterics of switching from the analogue to digital platforms, is there any significant impact on the social and economic as well as the political lives of Africans? What will be the gains of the African citizens and industry stakeholders when the operators fully comply with the ITU mandate which regional authorities have shifted till June 2017? The fact finding, insightful data and analysis by our reporters presents the myths and facts behind the transition to digital broadcasting from the analogue platform. Our cover story: The Pains and Gains of Digital Migration is an interesting package.
Telecom and IT provides details of how MTN Nigeria is gearing up for the much talked about listing on the local bourse. Read about the selected advisors and what is ahead in this transaction. Also read more about why MFS acquire Sochitel as well as the Orange acquisition of Airtel in Sierra Leone. Why did Cell C kick against the timeline and reserve price for LTE spectrum auction? See details in this edition.
We have in the Cashless World section some of the very interesting development in the money market. Savour interesting details on the UBA, Mastercard pan-Africa partnership; why the Rwandan Central Bank is pushing the frontiers of Cashless Culture; what Uber is doing in Accra on cashless payments; and the partnership between Tigo and Rice farmers for cashless payments.
In Wireless World, read all about how GSMA teams up with Tanzanian MNOs to boost rural 3G coverage; how MTN Nigeria plans to spread LTE Connectivity across Lagos and other main cities; and why Internet Technologies Angola is replacingWiMAX.
Global Scope contains several interesting development such as how ICANN sells .web domain for record $135m; the essentials on the Global ICT Capacity Symposium for Nairobi; ITU statistics on LTE coverage globally as well as the outcome of the first flight of Facebook’s full-scale drone.
Why are Mobile Network Operators at each other’s throat over the several frequency spectra acquired by the dominant operator? Read up the incisive details in Business Central. Also enjoy our special focus on the ITU Telecom World 2016 in Glimpses. Computer.Com presents so much in the related field, particularly, why law enforcers and security companies have formed partnership to combat virus attacks; the combined efforts of Microsoft and Johannesburg for digital empowerment for youths as well as the new private sector initiative for digital inclusion in Nigeria.
What is the new standard for High Dynamic Range TV? Read much on what ITU has approved in Digital Broadcasting. The section also contains latest developments in the migration procedures in Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa. In Executive Forum, you will get to understand why Microsoft places high premium on non-profit sector.
The ICT fraternity in Nigeria would seem to be united in its opposition to Communications Service Tax. Why is the opposition to CST Bill so strong? Read up the exciting details in our Consumer Scope section. We also serve it sizzling, the new demand of telecoms stakeholders on infrastructure sharing in Nigeria. Check this out in Discourse section. Online Scope also offers the nitty-gritty on the making of Smart Cities in Africa.
New things are happening in the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) which is likely to change its fortunes for the better. The details are contained in Perspective. Get to make a market choice from the trending mobile phone devices from the arrays of top of the range selected for you in Products Review. Digital Cars contains very interesting details on connected cars and cross-border automation. The issue with hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai is also narrated here.
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