Changes in African market over the last seventeen years – Interview with industry pioneer Yossi Barkan on what has and hasn’t changed for the better

15 September 2017

Sometimes there are people whose involvement in Africa captures and distills all the changes that have happened in the telecoms and Internet industry. Yossi Barkan is one of those people and this week Russell Southwood talks to him about what has changed since he started work in the industry seventeen years ago. Q: How did you start working in Africa? A: My family came to Africa when I was sixteen. My Father was nominated by the Israeli Government to teach agriculture in the Central African Republic. I went to school there before going home again. I moved to Cameroon with…


Globecast South Africa has created its own VoD platform – Clients use it to create new content business models

21 September 2017

Faced with the high cost of international platforms, Globecast South Africa decised to create its own VoD/SVoD platform to offer to its clients. Russell Southwood spoke to Alan Hird, CEO, Globecast South Africa about why it chose to do this and how its clients are using it. Q:Why did Globecast South Africa create its own SVoD/VoD platform? A: We did it for a number of reasons. We see it as the future, or at least a key part of the future, and we want to provide our clients access to a platform that can help future-proof their business. We have…


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…