TELECOMS

Raxio on course to launch new Tier III carrier-neutral data centre in Uganda – its investor First Brick Holdings wants to launch four more by 2021

16 August 2019

Africa’s new digital life needs cloud services and the data centres to host them. Uganda took one step forward with the announcement of a new Tier III carrier-neutral data centre called Raxio in January 2020. Russell Southwood spoke to Robert Mullins, the Executive Director of its operator and investor First Brick Holdings. The backers and investors in Raxio are First Brick Holdings, a company set up by the Roha Group. The latter was set up by Brooks Washington, a Harvard-educated American who used to work with McKinsey & Co in Nigeria where he “coordinated much of McKinsey's private equity work…

BROADCAST

Online platform Avails Africa wants to lower programme rights costs by online transactions and shared licensing costs

14 August 2019

The declining strength of African currencies means that international rights costs are now extremely expensive. Avails Africa wants to bring them down through a combination of automating transaction processes and shared licensing costs. Russell Southwood spoke to Co-Founders Adam Lotz and Francois Schreuder about the platform they have developed. The idea for Avails Africa came out of Francois Schreuder’s experience working in the industry, particularly as Head of Channels for AfricaXP:”The idea came from hustling in the industry for so many years and trying to find content for no money for channels. It was often 3rd or 4th window stuff…

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.