In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- In South Africa, the Department of Communications is creating a digital migration office that will oversee the implementation of the country’s migration from analogue to digital TV.

- Since March 2011, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle is now offering a new text messaging (SMS) news service for its listeners and users in the Republic of Tanzania. The initial launch will focus on text-based services in Kiswahili covering news from Africa and around the world as well as sports-related services. In order to disseminate content to the widest possible audience, multiple language services and products will follow the first phase of launch. Deutsche Welle's Kiswahili service is among the most popular radio programs in Tanzania. Around 70 percent of Tanzanians are familiar with Deutsche Welle and 33 percent are frequent listeners of the Kiswahili program. Deutsche Welle has appointed Starfish Mobile East Africa Limited as its technology provider in Tanzania, where the broadcaster will have the opportunity to deploy mobile services in the Kiswahili language to more than 19 million subscribers from the Vodacom, Tigo and Airtel mobile networks.