technology & convergence

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: 

Stream a lot of video? Consider yourself a veritable eco-warrior

Here’s one more reason that streaming video is a good thing: it’s eco-friendly.

The biggest savings is in your carbon footprint… no more running up to the local DVD outlet to pick up a couple of discs, you can just get them online.

Environmental Research Letters says the savings are there whether you buy, rent or just view that DVD.

DTT: video-based emergency warnings for DVB-T2 networks

In advance of this month’s Broadcast Asia, ENENSYS, designers and manufacturers of digital TV transmission technologies, has today announced the launch of rEWS – a receiver-agnostic system providing video-based emergency warnings on a regional basis of dangerous weather events and natural disasters for DVB-T2 networks.

GeoPoll Unveils First Ever Overnight TV Ratings In African Markets

New Audience Measurement Service Launches with Unprecedented Data on the Viewing Habits of More Than 300 Million People

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In May 2014, Franco-German Arte TV channel broadcasts an alarming documentary about recycling electronic products (computers, televisions, tablets, phones ...) that end up in Africa or Asia, where men and children extract precious metals in inhumane conditions. Story in French here:

RSA: resistance over encryption system

The minister of communications, Yunis Carrim who is pushing for an encryption system of free digital TV in South Africa, is being called out for apparent blatant lies, with the TV business saying encryption will "punish the emerging local electronics industry, the local film industry and community television".

The South African government wants to push an encryption system into the set-top boxes (STBs) that the millions of South African TV households will have to buy.

Detailed YouTube Revenue Analysis

As per Balancing Act’s recent analysis, YouTube is one of the fastest growing website across Africa: the VoD portal figures within the top 5 most visited websites in each African country (see our VoD and Africa market report for more details).

For Generator Research, YouTube is one of Google's largest and most important properties which attracts more than 1 billion unique individuals each month, or around 50 percent of all internet users worldwide.

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