BROADCASTING across the world is no longer going to be the drab business, particularly in Africa, with the digital platform mandated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The broadcasting industry world is trending on the digital platform with more options for the various classes of the communities.However, Africa’s transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television has not been upbeat. Based on its Digital Switch Over (DSO) template, ITU grouped countries into regions and stipulated time frames for the different regions of the world to accomplish digitisation.
At a recent ICT forum in Abuja, Nigeria, theSecretary-General elect of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Shola Taylor, and other industry experts in attendance bemoaned the woeful showing of African countries on the DSO completion deadline.
By the June 17, 2015 ITU mandated deadline for the DSO in Africa, only Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Tanzaniahave effectively migrated to digital terrestrial TV. Worst still, even among these countries that have achieved DSO and those still in the process, dearth of content remains a major challenge. Much more damning is the very low availability of local contents since pundits are worried that programming is skewed in favour of foreign content. Experts are saying African countries should cash in on the huge opportunity provided by the digital platform to overhaul their creative industries. Our Big Issue looks at efforts by African countries to achieve DSO and struggles at energizing local content development.
The MTN Group, Liquid Telecom, Econet Wireless, Telkom SA, Smile and Libyan PTIC, are some of the telecommunications companies, whose activities, have combined additively to lighten the already busy Telecom & IT space.
In the Cash-less World section, Mobile Money Africa gets set to host Remittance Africa next month. Chamsmobile synergizes with Skye Bank on virtual card project. PayPal assures on safer online transactions in Kenya, as Airtel Nigeria ponders payment service.
The beginning of this month will see four southern African countries reducing roaming fees in that sub region. Vodacom South Africa has launched Wi-Fi voice calling. Wireless Worldhas the details to these stories.
The ITU is focused on seeing 2billion people are not financially excluded. Nokia has given itself a task to launch commercial 5G in Europe by 2020. Technology firms have formed an alliance to push narrowband for LTE as GSMA gives quick nod to EC telecommunications framework review.Global Scope has the full gists.
In Business Central, Olubayo Abiodun writes on plans by NATCOM, which acquired some assets of Nigeria’s former monopoly; NITEL/Mtel, to compete in the mobile space under a new trading name ntel. The News section, as in previous editions, contains loads of industry development.Get trending facts on cloud computing from Computer.COM. Also, find out why the GSMA is experimenting with mobile IoT solutions for spectrum and why Safaricom is pulling together apps geeks to explore M-Pesa.
The partially sale of the 700MHz spectrum bythe Nigeria’s broadcast sector regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to MTN Nigeria,has raised dust. Read about the controversy and the new date for Ghana to achieve DSO.Also read about the partnership between SES and StarTimes in Digital Broadcasting.
In Executive Forum, the new helmsman at the CTO, Shola Taylor speaks to Olubayo Abiodunon what his priorities are. In Consumer Scope, Clifford Agugoesi looks into the wider implications of Google’s planned fix on flaws noticed on YouTube Kids, for Africa…
Get a few tips on how to become a successful entrepreneur in Africa from the man who should know in our Discourse section. Curious about what the data partnership by IBM Research-Africa and RTI is all about? Open the Online Scope pages and read up the story details.
ITU Telecom World 2015 is holding in Budapest, Hungary next month. Whet your appetite with a tip of what to expect at the global ICTs gathering. Original Equipment Manufacturers used the recent IFA to display their flagship devices.Products Review has the full story.
HERE is working on the auto industry to adopt a uniform data standard, but will they yield? See Digital Cars.
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