Technology & Convergence - In Brief
- In South Africa, total data traffic on Vodacom’s network has increased 40% year on year, according to group CEO Shameel Joosub, with average monthly data usage per smartphone user now at 139M. Joosub believes video on demand will also be a growth area for mobile operators in future, though he adds that it’s essential that South Africa gets a move on with its migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television that that spectrum can be freed up for fourth-generation (4G) mobile networks. The deployment of 4G, he says, is a precursor to offering consumers services such as Internet protocol television. Vodacom would consider partnering with pay-TV operators such as MultiChoice, which owns DStv, or On Digital Media, which owns TopTV, “when the time is right”.
- DTT: South African media company Kagiso believes Icasa must ensure equitable access to content for newcomers and that set-top boxes offer interoperability — which will allow consumers to access diverse service providers’ content using a single box. It also wants new pay-TV operators to be allowed “open window” broadcast periods — similar to what M-Net used to offer with Open Time — where they can broadcast to non-subscribers. Open window viewing periods reduce marketing costs for new players and allow consumers to sample services before committing to paying for them. Source: techcentral