Uber ‘s Sub-Saharan operation is coming up to an estimated million rides a week – no revenue share, no carrier billing

2 December 2016

International OTT player Uber probably has nearly a million users a week in six countries in Africa. From its initial launch in Johannesburg in 2013, it has expanded its footprint across the continent. All this has been done without needing to share revenue or use carrier payment systems. Russell Southwood spoke this week to Justin Spratt, Head of Business in Africa for Uber. Uber is now in six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa (in 5 cities); Nigeria (in Lagos and Abuja); Kenya (in Nairobi and Mombasa); and Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana in each country’s capital city. It also has…


M-KOPA sells 30,000 solar TVs in Kenya and looks to add Internet access – expanding to Uganda and Tanzania

2 December 2016

A major constraint on the roll-out of wider TV coverage in African countries has been access to electricity. An area might have a terrestrial signal but without grid power it was near on impossible to power a TV. Kenya’s M-KOPA now has a solution: a 16” solar TV which it sells on credit. Russell Southwood spoke to its Chief Commercial Officer Yesse Oenga about how it works. M-KOPA’s 16” TV runs off a solar cell and has an in-built digital decoder that with a GoTV aerial allows it access to 64 TV channels. Inevitably the TV is made in China.…


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…