Senegal: Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Economy says new ISPs will “improve competition”, MVNO legislation on its way and Tigo sale? Nothing soon.

16 February 2018

The newly appointed Minister of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy Abdoulaye Bibi Baldé (formerly Minister of the Environment) opened the third edition of industry event SIPEN in Dakar. It was an opportunity for him to update the industry about what was happening in terms of the changes that have been proposed. Sad to say nothing moves very quickly in Senegal despite plentiful good intentions. The Minister said that the Government’s Digital Strategy (launched in 2016) “should soon enter its active phase,” with the interministerial decree for implementation being in the process of preparation. "We are in the process of updating…


Mali: TNTSAT Africa gets authorization from media regulator Haut Autorite de Communication to start digital transition

9 February 2018

Africa is still one of the global laggards in making the digital transition. So it’s good news that Mali’s relatively new media regulator has authorized Africable’s TNTSAT Africa to go ahead and start the transition. With this authorization, TNTSAT Africa becomes the first company and the only distributor and broadcaster of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Mali. The new Haut Autorite de Communication (HAC) started work in June 2017 with two calls to open up the media space in Mali and regularize authorizations. The first was a Call for applications for the establishment and operation of 57 private radio stations…


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…