Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- In Mauritius, a large share of broadband Internet is used to download movies.
According to a survey conducted by DCDM Research on the use of the web by the Mauritian population, 30% of the bandwidth is utilised for audio and video files.
Of the 800 respondents, it appears that 54.8% download movies occasionally, 41.8% watch videos online regularly, 43.6% download music, 28.1% share files with other users regularly and 71% of frequent social networks.
Mauritius Telecom made the same observations as Emtel.
Full story on Starafrica.com  and Ecofin.

- TV5MONDE’s mobile website  got 42% of its total visits over the last 6 months from the Sub-Saharan region. Audience from Mali increased 3-fold in the same period. Source: TNS Sofres Africascope.

- Ericsson posted financial 2012 results: Althought North America was Ericsson’s strongest market throughout , driven by continued mobile broadband investments and demand for services, regions such as South East Asia and Oceania and Sub-Saharan Africa gradually improved. Ericsson has become the latest telecoms equipment vendor to develop a dedicated content delivery network (CDN) solution, combining some of its key technologies in video delivery, optimisation and networks to address the global consumer shift to broadband mobility. Full story

- The ‘Storyful project’ started in Africa, back in 2011. Storyful partnered with Google Africa to help power an election portal for the Nigerian elections in April of that year, and Storyful has been doing it ever since. The portals harness the best content emerging from elections and pull them together in one place. Storyful has helped Google source the very best YouTube content from Senegal, Cameroon, Egypt and Ghana, and now coverage of Kenya’s upcoming election in March 2013. Full story

- A new fibre cable at Uganda's Katuna border point will enhance internet speed to 100mbps.  The cable was commissioned by MTN Uganda.

- February 18, 2013: Tanzania has successfully completed digital switchover, beating the ITU’s 2015 deadline by over two years, the country’s communication minister has said, according to local reports. Full story

- The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has decided on a compromise date of September 15 2013 for the switching off of analogue TV signals in the country, according to local reports. Full Story