Privatization of Africa’s state-owned telcos is stuck in a rut – potential assets are wasting away

9 November 2018

Two recent privatization announcements have re-ignited interest in whether momentum might be returning to what has seemed like a stuck process. Russell Southwood reviews where the process has got to and why it remains important. Only 18 out of 52 African countries have privatized their state-owned telecoms company. Of these, three are only partly privatized. The state-owned companies - a mix of fixed line and mobile operations - used to be the incumbent operators dominating their markets. Many African Governments protected their padded workforces and often tipped the regulatory rules firmly in their favor. In competitive markets, after a struggle…


83 million African households to have access to Digital Terrestrial Television by the end of 2020, but will they actually be consuming it?

15 November 2018

The slow progress of Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has been frustrating for everyone in the broadcast industry. Balancing Act’s latest report Analogue to Digital Broadcasting Migration Africa shows there has been some progress but there’s still a long way to go. Balancing Act’s Head of Research Matthew Dawes looks at whether Africa will reach the finish line just as viewers take their loyalty to other screens. The ITU’s 17th June 2015 deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital migration has long been passed by the vast majority of African Governments, but, a newly released report by…


Analogue to Digital Broadcasting Migration in Africa (Nov 2018)

The 3rd edition of “Analogue to Digital Broadcasting Migration in Africa” Report has now been officially released and is available for download. The report, which consists of 132 pages and 35,000 words, gives a true reflection of the status of the digital switchover across 56 African countries and territories. Any professional who has an interest in the future of broadcasting across the continent will find the information and analysis included in the report invaluable.