Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- Sentech’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) network covers 80.43% of the South African population using the DVB-T2 standard, CEO of the signal distributor, Setumo Mohapi, reiterated at a press briefing on 9 April 2013. This milestone was achieved on 28 March 2013, Mohapi said. The state-owned company has also been trialling the DVB-T2-Lite profile of the Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial version 2 (DVB-T2) standard for mobile broadcasting. Mohapi explained that DVB-H (or DVB – Handheld) is already being used in South Africa, but Sentech are running trials on various other standards. One of its customers has been running a trial on the Korean DMB standard for two years. Sentech also has plans for a multi-media content distribution platform, on the cards for its 2013–2016 roadmap. Part of this, Mohapi said, is Sentech joining NAPAfrica to peer at the Teraco data centre. Source

- Olivier Laouchez, Trace's CEO confirmed to Balancing Act: "in Africa, we will be launching MyTrace, the first personalized music television channel that operates on all connected devices. We will also announce Trace Mobile Star, the first "mobile song contest". Mr. Laouchez will be present at BFMA Nairobi 2013 (see list of events).

- In April 2013, Al Jazeera launches new apps for Windows Phone 8 users for its growing mobile audience. Full story here

LG Electronics on April 23rd 2013 has announced a plan to inaugurate a Technical and Vocational Education and Training College in Ethiopia in September this year. LG's Ethiopia office head and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Middle East and Africa, Yong Geun Choi, said the college would be built at an initial cost of US $1 million and offer courses in information technology, electronics, television and mobile phone maintenance. Full story here