New East African cable DARE1 will be operational in March 2020 and Ella Link will add new West African connections this year

24 January 2020

This year looks like it will be a very good year for additional fibre links both within the continent and providing new international connections. Major new connections like the PEACE cable (see news story below) are on their way and two smaller projects – DARE1 and Ella Link – are on their way. Russell Southwood looks at what’s in prospect. DARE1 is a 4,747km cable connecting Bosaso (in Somalia’s Puntland), the Somali capital Mogadishu and Mombasa in Kenya. The three telcos investing in the cable are monopoly state provider Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and Telkom Kenya. The build is being completed…


Micromedia Group’s Shileola Ibironke pitches her next two TV series and opens a new cinema in Lagos

15 January 2020

Establishing yourself in the Nigerian production sector is a tough business and requires a tricky combination of the ability to persuade sponsors to step up to the plate, a feel for what will work locally but sell continentally and access to finance. Russell Southwood talked to Shileola Ibironke, CEO, Micromedia Group about how she made her first two series, her new productions and opening a cinema in Lagos. Unlike a lot of industry executives on the continent, she started out as an economics graduate who then focused on marketing. Although she had a part in a film while a student,…


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.