Orange’s Intrapreneurship Start-Up Bizao allows local start-ups and digital service providers to get access to opco APIs across Africa

16 March 2018

One of the major barriers to both fledgling African start-ups and established multi-country service providers is getting access to operator APIs. You need to be across operators in a market and across the vastly different countries of the continent. Bizao has set itself up as a cross-network hub for APIs to solve this problem. Russell Southwood talked to Aurélien Duval-Delort, Bizao’s Managing Director. Bizao is one of Orange’s first intrapreneur projects and this makes it quite unusual. An intrepeneur is someone in a company who has responsibility for generating innovative products that are sometimes spun off as separate companies:”We are…


Cote d’Ivoire: Minister says it will be ready for digital transition well before its June 2020 deadline and liberalization leads to more channels

9 March 2018

Bruno Nabagné Koné, Minister of Communications, Digital Economy and Post has announced that Cote d’Ivoire will have completed its digital transition by its new deadline, the end of June 2020. It will also liberalize its airwaves to allow private broadcasters to compete in the market. Russell Southwood put his ear to the ground to see what’s happening there and in other francophone countries making the transition. The original ITU deadline was June 2016 but according to the Minister the deadline was missed because the call for tenders launched by the National Committee for Migration to DTT (CNM-TNT) for the selection…


VoD and Africa - A review of existing VoD services, drivers, challenges and opportunities (July 2017 update)

180+ VoD platforms related to Africa and Black culture!  The new emerging distribution market for the African audiovisual industry is VoD. VoD and IPTV services are the best way for broadband internet operators in Africa to monetize data now!  There are very few reports that review VoD (video on demand) progress across Africa.  This report offers invaluably detailed and updated information on the state of play with VoD platforms' launches and projects across the continent. This report is ideal to prepare a business plan and convince investors and partners. The main report was initially released at the end of 2014 and…