TELECOMS

The New Normal for Africa in 2017 - 4G Coverage and Higher Speeds driving new data uses

20 January 2017

4G coverage has steadily been replacing 3G coverage in Africa in 2016 and in 2017 it looks likely to be the year higher speeds and better coverage will drive new data uses. Globally 4G provides six times the average speed of 3G. Russell Southwood looks at how things are changing. In November 2016 OpenSignal published its report on levels of coverage and average speeds of 4G globally. This is based on 500,687 users and 17,065,628,107 sampling points. The global average for 4G download speeds is 17.4 mbps and the fastest is Singapore at 45.86 Mbps. LTE-Advanced networks deliver the top…

BROADCAST

Satellite TV winning increasing market share in Ghana and looks set to do the same in Nigeria

12 January 2017

Satellite operator SES has set up TV satellite platforms in West Africa. As part of that work, it carried out two national surveys, one in Ghana and the other in Nigeria. This week Russell Southwood looks at what these surveys can tell us about the changes in two of West Africa’s biggest broadcast markets. Both surveys were carried out by IPSOS and have results from the end of 2015 so are just over 12 months old. They are important because they provide the first publicly available national snapshot of any accuracy for both countries. One key issue the findings for…

REPORTS

DTT: Digital Migration In Africa (Excel Summary - July 2016)

DTT in Africa - State of play of the migration to digital terrestrial TV by country  (Please refer to the main DTT report for more details). This report required interviews with over 100 DTT and broadcast experts in and outside of Africa over the past 6 years. Format: Excel tables only These report's files seize a growing and emerging TV content distribution channel across Africa. Report's Key data: April 2016 update: DTT state of play by country in Africa: 1) ASO, 2) DTT launch, 3) pilot, 4) regulation and/or DTT commission set up, 5) no action DTT commissions, DTT players and decision…