technology & convergence

Radio streaming service launched in SA: a review

The world’s second-largest streaming service, Rdio, has been launched in South Africa. But is it worth getting? Delano Stockhoff finds out.

About a year ago, after a lengthy and tiresome setup process, I became a paying subscriber to Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service which has still not been launched in South Africa. It was immediately apparent to me that streaming was going to change the way we listen to music, and was here to stay.

LG Launches World’s First OLED TV Into Kenyan Market

As the Christmas season approaches, LG Electronics, a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, has launched the world’s first largest and slimmest curved OLED (Organic Light-emitting Diode) TV into the Kenyan market.

The launching of the 55-inch OLED TV marks a whole new era in home entertainment with its curved screen which combines the company’s industry-leading Cinema 3D technology with smart TV capabilities.

Ghana develops conformance regime for analogue to digital transition

The National Communication Authority (NCA) has developed a conformance regime as part of measures to implement the transition from Analogue to Digital television transmission.

The Conformance regime required all Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) receivers such as set top boxes and integrated digital TV sets sold in Ghana to pass a conformance test to be certified to use a receiver certification logo.

Source: GNA Dec 2013

South Africa’s Digital TV: minister of communications speaks out

In an exclusive interview with TechCentral, the minister of communications provides clarity into cabinet's decisions on digital terrestrial television, saying the country could not "endlessly be held to ransom" by feuding broadcasters. By Duncan McLeod.

Cabinet’s decision this month to mandate the use of a control system in the set-top boxes government will subsidise for poorer households has led to a great deal of confusion in South Africa’s broadcasting industry.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Eduze co-founder Charlie Beuthin wants to provide free, local offline content for smartphone users using Wi-Fi boxes in high footfall locations. The content (some of which will be in local languages) will be free at the point of use, supported by advertising and sponsorship. Russell Southwood talked to Charlie Beuthin about the content, the technology and the business model. - See more here

Not just for laughs: 3D cartoons give Kenyan businesses winning edge

Kenyan companies are turning to 3D advertising to engage with audiences and lure investors.

The bleary-eyed caveman is furious. He's been waiting for ages for a file to download only to be failed by slow internet speeds. Frustrated, he slaps his computer screen and then slumps down defeated on his seat.

Behind him, another caveman connected to high-speed internet pokes fun at him. Showing off, he clicks a button and downloads his favorite song in just a couple of seconds before bursting into a highly entertaining dance.

Source: Lillian Leposo and Nima Elbagir - CNN 13 November 2013

Ster-Kinekor completes cinema digitalisation

Ster-Kinekor Theatres has completed the digital conversion of all its 438 cinemas around South Africa as it seeks to provide audiences with the best possible movie viewing experience.

HumanIPO reported earlier this year Ster-Kinekor had started the process of converting its cinemas to the latest digital technology, allowing South Africans to enjoy the release of a new international film at the same time as elsewhere in the world.

Source: filmcontact 21 November 2013

OnMobile ties up with Airtel Africa for powering football services

Bangalore, November 12, 2013: OnMobile Global Limited, a leading global telecom value-added services (VAS) company with presence in 59 countries, has tied up with Airtel Africa to power a service called Airtel Football across the continent. As part of this engagement, OnMobile has partnered with, who holds the rights for live match alerts for English Premier League matches in Africa. Airtel subscribers will benefit from updates on their favorite football clubs and live match alerts.

Source: PR

The real mobile revolution: Africa's smartphone future

As the world's fastest growing market for mobile phones, Africa is ripe for the upcoming disruption that will be ushered in by ubiquitous Internet access through smartphones.

The previous wave of mobile phone adoption on the continent from 2000 to 2010 accelerated at an impressive 30% compound annual growth rate powered by affordable dumb and feature phones sold at mass market price points.
Today, the narrative is changing.

Source: Nmachi Jidenma Special to CNN 7 November 2013

African operators must rethink business models (for VoD, TV, etc.)

As African telecommunications operators start to position themselves to offer voice, video and broadband services as bundled offerings, they need to rethink the way that they provision said services and market them to end-users.  That’s according to Mark Tinka, Head of Engineering at SEACOM, who says that the shift from provisioning these services separately to offering them in a single converged package has a range of commercial and operational implications for operators.

Source: BiztechAfrica - 1 October 2013
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