technology & convergence

South Africa: Digital Broadcasting Consumer Guidelines Adopted

SADC Member States have adopted guidelines to cushion consumers from the impact of the planned migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.

The SADC Guidelines on Consumer Protection and Awareness on Digital Broadcasting Migration were adopted by the 7th SADC Digital Broadcasting Migration Forum held in Kasane, Botswana in June.

"The Forum adopted the SADC Guidelines on Consumer Protection and Awareness on Digital Broadcasting Migration, and Member States are encouraged to implement the Guidelines with immediate effect," the forum said.

Digitisation To Enable Accelerated Growth In Africa – KPMG

Digitisation – migration from analogue to digital technology – will help to bridge the digital divide between emerging markets and developed economies, according to global financial services firm, KPMG.

KPMG stressed that as digitisation impacts the telecommunication and broadcasting sectors, enabling growth in both, it would also cause a ripple effect on growth in other sectors.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

With now 60 years of experience in FM radio and TV broadcast antenna systems, Kathrein – which has distributors and offices across Africa, stands out as a reliable partner in the field. The company is very well equipped to handle broadcast technologies such as DAB, DVB-T, DMB and DVB-H. Recently with the UFSconnect, the receiver specialist Kathrein has developed a system that completely simplifies the networking of different units, beyond the limits of previous individual TV solutions. Read the full story here:

RSA: Sstreamm - a mobile television streaming service

South African startup Sstreamm launched a mobile television streaming service named Pockit TV  - an online mobile streaming site that allows you to view content on your phone. It aims to act as a hub for African content. Sylvain Beletre from Balancing Act looked at what the service provides.

Pockit TV is a smartphone application that is also available on feature phones and the web. Pockit TV features African content in entertainment, sports and education.

Apps featured by Apple or Google get 6 times the downloads and 9 times the revenue — or nothing

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Everyone who has published an app in the iOS App Store wants Apple to feature them, because that will boost download numbers to insane levels, right?


A new report from app analytics provider Distimo indicates that while getting the Apple spotlight can boost your downloads by up to six times normal rates, it can also have absolutely no effect at all.

176 game developers with 300M downloads and $600M in revenue told us what works — and doesn’t — in game monetization.

Source: venturebeat John Koetsier - 24 April 2014

Orange Technocentres looking for mobile apps

The Orange Technocentres (one is based in Abidjan) focus on companies and holders of innovative projects including from Africa. The structure of the operator is responsible for designing and placing on the market innovative products and services. Its mission is to imagine or to detect and develop mobile services tailored to countries in the AMEA (Africa, Middle East, Asia) of the French multinational present in 23 countries.

Source: Balancing Act

SunPoynt Solar TV: affordable digital TV to Africans off the grid

Poynting, South Africa’s largest wireless antenna designer and producer, has made another leap forward for Africa with the development of SunPoynt TV.

The antenna company’s digital TV business unit manager, Eduard Walker was among the team from Poynting at the AfricaCom/AfricaCast conference in Cape Town which was held during November 2013, where they had the SunPoynt solar TV kit on show.

SunPoynt TV offers packaged wireless television connectivity with solar charging for rural Africa that can be run on a comparatively low 12V DC charge as opposed to 220 Volt AC.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Verimatrix has extended its partnership with the Wananchi Group, the African triple-play provider, to provide content security for Zuku TV across direct-to-home (DTH) satellite, digital cable and IP-over-GPON networks — and later this year via over-the-top (OTT) video services. Read the full story here: 

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