Capital pressures forcing African mobile operators to unlock the value of their assets- Translation: selling stuff off

16 April 2021

Maturing growth and the particular demands of the mobile data market should make MNOs to think harder about what it means to be a mobile operator. Russell Southwood looks at the strategic choices they face in the light of two recent mobile money announcements. A few years ago I used to write a lot about the key strategic choices facing mobile operators: either they concentrated on the voice and data connectivity platforms or they took on being a number of things – media, content, finance, e-commerce, etc – and sought to realize value on top of the platforms they operated.…


Senior VP ViacomCBS Networks – Africa, Monde Twala on its Pan-African Culture Squad, new local productions and how streaming products in Africa “in the pipeline”

9 April 2021

Music culture is one of the fastest moving sectors in Sub-Saharan African and broadcasters need to keep their finger on the pulse. Russell Southwood talks to Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and GM, ViacomCBS Networks, Africa about staying different in a competitive space and what other things are planned for the coming year. The Pan African-Culture Squad is ViacomCBS’s way of staying close to Africa’s musical talent and using it to curate as MTV Base VJs. Back in February, Ehiz, Folu Storms and Nenny B all joined as new MTV Base VJs in South Africa . ViacomCBS Networks Africa has…


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.