TELECOMS

The Great Liberian Hacking Scandal Part 2 – Cellcom manager paid for botnet attack on MTN Liberia, says British Court, hacker gets jail sentence

18 January 2019

In October 2017, we published a report on the Liberian hacking attack against Lonestar, MTN’s Liberian subsidiary. Last week a British Court gave the hacker a jail sentence and revealed who the company was who paid for the hack. Russell Southwood updates the story and looks at future implications. The hacker Daniel Kaye (who called himself Spiderman) was a British citizen who was educated in Israel. However, he was a self-taught hacker and this proved to be his undoing. The self-taught hacker was paid £30,000 by a rival company to disrupt Lonestar’s services between October 2016 and February 2017. In…

BROADCAST

Private competition gathers pace in Cote d’Ivoire with the forthcoming launch of a national Islamic TV station

18 January 2019

Cote d’Ivoire is both opening up its broadcasting space and implementing its digital transition. However, the speed of both developments has been rather slow. Russell Southwood looks at the latest announcement and tries to understand the implications for new growth in the audio-visual sector. In August 2018, the digital transition in broadcast finally got under with the Minister of Communication and Media, Sidi Tiémoko Touré opening a DTT transmission centre in Abobo. More centres will be completed by the end of this year and the switch-off is planned for June 2020. A consortium of three companies from the United States,…

REPORTS

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.