TELECOMS

Congo Telecom plans to make major bandwidth increases for its FTTH customers but to hold to the same prices

6 December 2019

Despite some economic difficulties caused by falling oil prices, Congo-Brazzaville has been taking some significant digital steps forward. The incumbent telco Congo Telecom has ambitious plans to upgrade broadband delivery. Russell Southwood spoke to Renylle Akouala, Multimedia, Wholesale and Enterprise Solutions, Congo Telecom at AfricaCom 2019. Congo-Brazzaville’s fibre link to the world is through the WACS landing station which makes the incumbent Congo Telecom the only seller of international bandwidth in the country. The current price for an IP transit STM64 link is US$28,000 but for much smaller amounts of capacity the prices are obviously much higher per mbps. The…

BROADCAST

BBC’s World Service wants to increase its Africa audiences with six new laguages and increasing emphasis on TV and digital

5 December 2019

The £298 million commitment to the BBC’s World Service over five years has been one of the biggest new investments in broadcast in Africa. Russell Southwood apoke to Mary Lusiba, Head of Business Development, Africa, BBC World Service about what’s been achieved so far and where things go next. In 2015 the British Government committed to giving the BBC £289 million over five years for the World Service. The cash injection was announced as part of the British Government’s National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review, which is its five-year plan “for a secure and prosperous United Kingdom,…

REPORTS

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.