2007 African - Convergence and Broadcasting Market

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the convergence of telecommunications, broadcasting and digital media in 34 African countries. Subjects covered include:

  • Key statistics;
  • Market and industry overviews;
  • Regulatory environment;
  • Major players;
  • Satellite coverage;
  • Infrastructure development;
  • NGN and WiMAX;
  • Internet telephony (VoIP);
  • Digital TV, Interactive TV, IPTV in Africa;
  • E-services;
  • Convergence of telecommunications, digital media and broadcasting;
  • Triple play.

Executive Summary

Broadcasting is an integral part of Africa’s development and a means of communication over the vast areas of this continent. Improvements in broadband infrastructure and the emergence of 3G mobile systems are now opening the way to convergence of conventional and digital media as well as telecommunications.

With far greater ownership of TV sets compared to PCs in Africa, the broadcasters’ viewers represent a huge potential customer base for Internet services as well. Interactive TV, especially the variety using mobile phone text messages (SMS), has found its way to Africa and is growing fast. The PVR was introduced in South Africa in 2005. The first Triple-Play services have been launched across the continent, offering converged voice, data and broadband TV/video.

With poor fixed-line network infrastructure in most African countries, the extent of IP-based NGNs to support these services is still limited on the continent. There are, however, encouraging developments. Several countries have launched broadband initiatives and are rolling out dedicated IP networks and new fibre optic links.

Given that there are still large amounts of unsatisfied demand for basic voice services in Africa, VoIP is a primary application at this stage. This technology is now gaining ground on the continent following steady improvements in Internet bandwidth, deregulation in several countries and the growing number of VoIP service providers entering the market. WiMAX technology, currently being rolled out in at least 20 African countries, will enable the continent to leapfrog straight to wireless NGNs at affordable cost.

Key highlights:

  • Status reports from 17 African countries where the migration to IP-based NGNs has begun;
  • Status reports from 20 countries on the continent with WiMAX trials, rollouts or commercial services;
  • The first four service providers on the continent have launched commercial triple play services, with at least five others at advanced stages of deployment;
  • At least five African countries have started or completed the migration to DTTV;
  • More than 90% of African pay TV customers are already subscribing to digital services.

Naspers pay TV subscribers in Africa - 2004 - 2007

Year ends Mar South Africa Percent digital Sub-Saharan Percent digital Total
2004 1,076,000 72% 291,000 97% 1,367,000
2005 1,148,000 78% 335,000 100% 1,483,000
2006 1,251,000 83% 385,000 100% 1,636,000
2007 1,392,000 88% 471,000 100% 1,863,000
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

Table of Contents

1.OVERVIEW DIGITAL MEDIA AND CONVERGENCE
1.1IP and Next Generation Networks in Africa
1.1.1Developments in various African markets
1.2VoIP telephony
1.2.1Market overview
1.3WiMAX
1.3.1Developments in various African markets
1.4Overview of broadcasting market
1.4.1Problems facing the broadcasting industry
1.4.2Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
1.4.3Pay TV
1.4.4Satellite coverage
1.4.5Digital TV (DTV)
1.4.6High Definition Television (HDTV)
1.4.7Interactive TV (iTV)
1.4.8Broadband TV, triple play
1.4.9Personal Video Recorders (PVRs)
1.4.10Mobile TV
2.ALGERIA
2.1Broadcasting market
2.1.1Overview
2.1.2Satellite TV
2.1.3Digital TV
3.ANGOLA
3.1Convergence
3.1.1VoIP telephony
3.1.2Overview of broadcasting market
3.1.3Radio
3.1.4Television
3.1.5Broadband over Cable TV (CATV)
4.BENIN
4.1Broadcasting market
4.1.1Overview
5.BOTSWANA
5.1Convergence
5.1.1VoIP telephony
5.1.2Next Generation Network (NGN)
5.1.3E-commerce
5.1.4E-government
5.1.5Broadcasting market
6.BURKINA FASO
6.1Broadcasting market
6.1.1Introduction
6.1.2Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
6.1.3Satellite TV
7.CAMEROON
7.1Broadcasting market
8.CHAD
8.1Broadcasting market
9.CÔTE D'IVOIRE
9.1Broadcasting market
9.1.1Regulatory overview
9.1.2Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
9.1.3Pay TV
9.1.4Satellite TV
10.DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
10.1Broadcasting market
10.1.1Television and radio broadcasting in DRC
11.EGYPT
11.1Convergence
11.1.1VoIP telephony
11.1.2Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
11.1.3IPTV
11.1.4E-commerce
11.1.5Smart Village
11.1.6Technology incubators
11.1.7Information Highway Project
11.1.8E-government
11.1.9Overview of broadcasting market
12.ETHIOPIA
12.1Broadcasting market
12.1.1Regulatory overview
12.1.2Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
12.1.3Satellite TV
13.GABON
13.1Broadcasting market
13.1.1Overview
14.GAMBIA
14.1Convergence
14.1.1Overview of broadcasting market
14.1.2VoIP telephony
14.1.3E-government
14.1.4Triple play
15.GHANA
15.1Broadcasting market
15.1.1Television broadcasting
15.1.2Satellite TV
15.1.3Pay TV
16.KENYA
16.1Convergence
16.1.1Triple play
16.1.2Overview of broadcasting market
16.1.3Digital TV
17.LESOTHO
17.1Broadcasting market
17.1.1Overview
18.LIBYA
18.1Broadcasting market
18.1.1Television broadcasting in Libya
18.1.2Pay TV
19.MADAGASCAR
19.1Broadcasting market
19.1.1Overview
20.MALAWI
20.1Broadcasting market
21.MAURITIUS
21.1Convergence
21.1.1NetTV
21.1.2Broadcasting market
21.1.3E-commerce
21.1.4IT incentives
21.1.5Cyber-City Project
21.1.6E-government project
22.MOROCCO
22.1Convergence
22.1.1VoIP telephony
22.1.2E-commerce
22.1.3E-learning
22.1.4IPTV
22.1.5Overview of broadcasting market
23.MOZAMBIQUE
23.1Broadcasting market
23.1.1Overview of TV and radio broadcasting
24.NAMIBIA
24.1Convergence
24.1.1Overview of broadcasting market
24.1.2VoIP
24.1.3Next-Generation Network (NGN)
24.1.4E-services
25.NIGERIA
25.1Convergence
25.1.1Overview of broadcasting market
25.1.2Mobile TV
25.1.3Interactive TV (iTV)
25.1.4Internet TV
25.1.5Community radio
25.1.6Next Generation Networks (NGNs), triple play
25.1.7E-commerce
25.1.8E-government
26.SENEGAL
26.1Broadcasting market
26.1.1Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)
27.SOUTH AFRICA
27.1Convergence
27.1.1VoIP telephony
27.1.2Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
27.1.3IPTV, triple play
27.1.4New broadcasting licence tender 2006
27.1.5Broadcast signal distributors
27.1.6Digital media
27.1.7Online and mobile banking (m-banking)
28.SUDAN
28.1Broadcasting market
28.1.1Radio and TV broadcasting in Sudan
29.SWAZILAND
29.1Broadcasting market
29.1.1Free-to-Air (FTA) broadcasting
29.1.2Pay TV
30.TANZANIA
30.1Broadcasting market
30.1.1Overview
30.1.2Public TV broadcasters
30.1.3Private TV broadcasters
31.TUNISIA
31.1Convergence
31.1.1Overview of broadcasting market
31.1.2E-commerce
31.1.3E-government
32.UGANDA
32.1Convergence
32.1.1VoIP telephony
32.1.2Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
32.1.3Powerline Communication (PLC)
32.1.4E-commerce
32.1.5E-banking
32.1.6E-government
32.1.7Overview of broadcasting market
32.1.8Digital TV
33.ZAMBIA
33.1Broadcasting market
33.1.1Overview
33.1.2Regulatory issues
34.GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS


Table 1 – Naspers pay TV subscribers in Africa – 2004 - 2007

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Last updated 13 Nov 2007
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