Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- The amount of electronic waste produced globally is set to grow by a third between 2012 and 2017, according to a forecast made by experts at a global partnership created to tackle e-waste. The forecast was made as the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative launched an interactive, online world map depicting the amount of electronic waste produced in different countries across the globe…On average, each person on the planet produced seven kilograms of e-waste in 2012…The lowest global production per person coming from Ethiopia (680 grams), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (210 grams). Gregory believes improved transparency and government controls are needed to combat the illegal shipping of e-waste. Full story here

- Rwanda: The government will completely switch off analogue transmission by July 31, 2014, according to Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (Rura). Digital migration starts this month, Jan. 2014. Full story here

- Kenya: Airtel customers on the postpaid platform will receive a DSTV Drifta with three months free subscription following a partnership between the giant satellite provider and the operator.