The Great Liberian Hacking Scandal – Who’s the operator that employed the arrested hacker?

13 October 2017

Connoisseurs of African telecoms mysteries might like to apply their minds to this one: who was the Liberian telecoms operator who paid a hacker to take down its competitor? Russell Southwood rakes over the few known facts about the case. On 21 July 2017, a British man admitted in a German court to staging a large-scale cyber attack on Deutsche Telekom last year, saying he was acting for a Liberian client. According to a report in The Guardian in the UK, the November attack in Germany hijacked about 900,000 routers and briefly stopped their owners getting online, affecting about 1.25…


Trace TV launches Content Distribution division to promote its Afro-Urban programmes in Africa and elsewhere – Acquiring from external producers

6 October 2017

Since 2003 Olivier Laouchez’s Trace TV has been building an international position for itself around Urban and Afro-Urban music and culture. With its expansion into the USA in June this year, it has chosen to create a Content Distribution division and deepen its relationships with producers and directors. Russell Southwood spoke to Anne-Laurence Ndaptje, Head of External Communications, Trace TV about what it wants to do with the new division. The idea for the distribution was a logical extension of what it saw itself as doing:”Our CEO wanted to tackle the distribution area. Because we have been a producer of…


VoD and Africa - A review of existing VoD services, drivers, challenges and opportunities (July 2017 update)

180+ VoD platforms related to Africa and Black culture!  The new emerging distribution market for the African audiovisual industry is VoD. VoD and IPTV services are the best way for broadband internet operators in Africa to monetize data now!  There are very few reports that review VoD (video on demand) progress across Africa.  This report offers invaluably detailed and updated information on the state of play with VoD platforms' launches and projects across the continent. This report is ideal to prepare a business plan and convince investors and partners. The main report was initially released at the end of 2014 and…