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Mobile Number Portability (MNP) schemes have been slow to take off in Sub-Saharan Africa and their performance has not been outstanding. Ghana is the exception and has good reason to be bragging about its success. Russell Southwood spoke to Bob Palitz, a telecom consultant who has been involved in the MNP process from its policy and planning stages through to implementation and launch.

Ghana’s MNP scheme was launched on 7 July 2011 and this week the Ghanaian regulator NCA issued its 3-year report on how it has worked. The stats provided are fairly compelling:

Broadcast

Three world-leading satellite operators present globally including in Africa are well positioned to support digital TV deployment across Africa: Intelsat, Eutelsat and SES. The broad size of the continent and the limited terrestrial TV infrastructure - especially in rural areas - explains why satellite will be needed to reach universal TV access. Several announcements have been made by those global players over the past 3 years; capacity is available, just waiting for DTT bouquet signals. So far, the implication of satellite in DTT migration in Africa has been limited.

Reports

Over 80 VoD platforms related to Africa and Black culture! (July 2014)

The new emerging distribution market for the African audiovisual industry is VoD.

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