Cogent, the largest supplier of internet transit to Africa, seeks to expand its presence in Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria

11 June 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa is no longer the poor Cinderella of international internet markets. Growth in both supply and demand and a growing data centre ecosystem mean that international companies providing low cost, high speed internet access and private networks are increasingly having a local presence. Russell Southwood spoke to Dave Schaeffer, CEO, Cogent about how it is expanding its presence on the continent. Cogent is 21 years old and is Shaeffer’s second venture:”I’m a bit of a serial entrepreneur and this is the second company I’ve founded and taken public.” It is entirely focused on bandwidth:”The internet is the only network…


Everybody knows that the dice is loaded – Zimbabwe’s fake TV liberalization unraveled

18 June 2021

Zimbabwe’s long-awaited TV liberalization is finally under way with the much-trumpeted granting of six licenses. The catch is that all but one of these licenses have been given to Government entities, military-controlled companies and Government cronies. Russell Southwood looks at how the process lays bare how - post-Mugabe - Zimbabwe’s political elite operates. After much delay, six of the fourteen companies that applied to operate were granted licenses by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Authority, following public hearings held last month. All six new free-to-air private television stations given broadcasting licenses have a statutory 18-month window to go on air. Minister of…


Sub-Saharan Africa's Broadcasting Landscape

Balancing Act is pleased to announce the publication of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Broadcasting Landscape and Nine Key Markets. The report is a joint publication with one of the continent’s leading providers of mobile-based research and insights GeoPoll.