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Recently, TECNO (https://www.TECNO-Mobile.com) announced that it will hold its product launch through TV broadcast on April 2nd to unveil its camera phone- the TECNO CAMON 15 series on DSTV golden time — 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will be streamed live online on TECNO’s Facebook and will include a generous giveaway for TECNO fans. This online product launch will be the first-ever online smartphone launch in African history, which is not only a big breakthrough in the smartphone industry, but also shows that Internet development in Africa has stepped into a new phase. Here are some key facts.

 

What is this rumored phone? What exactly the magical functions that make this phone stand out? What are the most highly anticipated features that we should watch out for? Keep reading to find out!

Powered by SONY Camera

Like the previous TECNO CAMON series, the new TECNO CAMON 15 series carry forward the legacy of superior photography performance. It has enhanced sensitivity and definition by installing the Sony camera chip which is the top-rated in smartphone industry. Compared to most of the chips used in the smartphone cameras, the Sony camera chip can detect more refined details and produce an extraordinary level of quality the images it captures. With the chip’s incredible sensitivity, photos can still maintain precise details after being zoomed in even 8 times. The quality of photos will be very high, even from a long distance!

Trademarked TAIVOS™ technology for Ultra-Clear Night shots

As a high-tech company, TECNO broke new technological ground by to creating TAIVOS™ (TECNO artificial intelligence vision optimization solution) to bring you genuinely ultra-clear night shots. The Ultra Night Lens allows for better edge correction and multi-frame noise reduction, producing cleaner and clearer night shots. By reducing overexposure to reveal the night scenes, brightness and the dynamic range are both improved. Night owls, this will be your best friend!

Ultra-clear picture with 64 Megapixels

Equipped with 64 Megapixels, CAMON 15 makes even the tiniest details clearly visible from 30 meters away. In the current market, most cameras utilize 48 MP cameras to process sensory data. However, TECNO CAMON 15 has the 64MP SONY camera as its computational support. It can reduce visual noise after zooming in on subjects, and less noise means a clearer vision! According to some reports in global technology media sources, higher concentration of pixel is one of the most crucial smartphone technology innovations in the 2020s. The higher pixel count will significantly increase the photo quality and your visual experience, so get prepared and catch up with the times!

These currently leaked features are just the tip of the iceberg, there are more hi-tech innovations featured in the CAMON 15 series that worth discovering. Follow the smartphone’s online launch on April 2nd, 2020 on DSTV to learn more about this unprecedented smartphone. Don’t forget to put this on your calendar and invite your friends to watch together! Learn more about what exactly TECNO is offering and test your luck to see if you can be one of the lucky winners of the giveaway!

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At its special council meeting that was held on 12 March 2020, the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Council (the ICT Council)  elected Councillor (Cllr) Andile Tlhoaele as chairperson and Cllr Zukiswa Nzo as deputy chairperson. The ICT Council also elected chairpersons of the six sub-committees of the ICT Council.

The election of the chairperson, deputy chairperson and chairpersons of the six sub-committees of the ICT Council comes after the decision by Honourable Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies to appoint 22 individuals as members of the ICT Council. The appointment of members of the ICT Council is effective from 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2024.

 

The appointed councillors were drawn from various stakeholders who responded to the call for nominations issued by the Honourable Minister in September 2019.

 

The following councillors now constitute the Second Term of the ICT Council;

 

1.Cllr Andile Tlhoaele (Chairperson)

  1. Cllr Zukiswa Nzo (Deputy Chair)
  2. Cllr Sarah-Jane Capazario
  3. Cllr William Ledwaba
  4. Cllr Tshepi Lesiba
  5. Cllr Stefani Lockman
  6. Cllr Lynda Marthinus
  7. Cllr Kganki Matabane
  8. Cllr Trevor Msimang
  9. Cllr Siyabonga Msweli
  10. Cllr Ndiyakholwa Ngqulu
  11. Cllr Nombulelo Ntloko
  12. Cllr Delton Nxumalo
  13. Cllr Matsebe Phasha
  14. Cllr Dimakatso Qocha
  15. Cllr Natasha Reuben
  16. Cllr Suzan Seabi
  17. Cllr Sonwabise Sebata
  18. Cllr Shumikazi Sontange
  19. Cllr Minki Thulo
  20. Cllr Thulani Tshefuta
  21. Cllr Hendrina Williams

 

The ICT Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE ICT Sector Code (ICT Code). The ICT Council is also mandated to monitor the implementation the ICT Code and report progress to Honourable Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on BEE; BEE Commissioner Ms Zodwa Ntuli; Minister of Trade & Industry Mr Ebrahim Patel and stakeholders in the ICT sector.

 

The ICT Council functions through six Sub-Committees and a chief executive officer who acts as the Secretariat. The elected six chairpersons are;

 

  1. Cllr Zukiswa Nzo – Chairperson, Executive Committee of the ICT Council. The Executive Committee comprises the six chairpersons of the Sub-Committees of the ICT Council.
  2. Cllr Thulane Tshefuta –  Chairperson, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Sub-Committee
  3. Cllr Trevor Msimang – Guidance and Monitoring Committee Sub-Committee
  4. Cllr Sarah-Jane Capazario – Review & Amendment Sub-Committee
  5. Cllr Stefani Lockman – Strategy, Governance, Risk Sub-Committee
  6. Cllr Suzan Seabe – Finance Sub-Committee

 

For enquiries on the ICT Council contact Mr Adrian Schofield, Acting CEO of the ICT Council.

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Digital Transformation in Africa

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

IDC defines Digital Transformation (DX) as applying new technologies to radically change processes, customer experience, and value. It allows organisations to support innovation and digital disruption rather than enhancing existing technologies and models.   At the core of digital transformation is what IDC calls the third platform which comprises four pillars; cloud, big data/analytics, social media, and mobility, with all these allowing enterprises to digitally transform in various areas such as new customer contact channels, product innovation, market segmentation among other areas. Further, these four pillars support various innovation accelerators that include; NextGen security, IoT, AR/VR. Cognitive systems, robotics, and 3D printing.

However, there are various challenges organisations currently face when thinking about digital transformation which include; skills, silos, defining roadmaps in an environment that is ever-changing while trying to keep up with daily business pressures and defining what KPIs best show how DX is delivering business objectives.

SSA ICT market

The total -sub-Saharan ICT Market is expected to grow from US$ 95.4 billion in 2020 to reach US$ 104.2 billion by 2023, a CAGR of 4.5% for that period.   Out of this, South African spending will grow from US$ 29.3 billion in 2020 to reach US$ 33.0 billion by 2023 while Nigeria will grow from US$ 10.0 billion to US$ 11.3 billion in the same period.  Kenya’s ICT market will grow from US$ 4.4 billion to US$ 4.8 billion for the same period.

 

According to IDC’s sub-Saharan Africa CIO Survey 2019, third platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility, and social media – see chart below) are among key investment priority areas for 2020 and, in the periphery are other technology investment that support the third platform or innovation accelerators including disaster response/business continuity, advanced security, enterprise applications, analytics and hosting.

Among the emerging areas of DX in SSA include the following:

  • Financial services – using mobile and social media as new customer contact channels, customer segmentation through analytics, anticipating future banking needs with AI and analytics, fraud detection using AI among other areas.

  • Manufacturing (automated sales processing, analytics/BI, IoT for supply chains,)

  • Government (use of AI for citizen service delivery, mobility (mobile applications hosted in the cloud, service innovation).

  • Telecommunications – use of big data and analytics to segment customers, predict churn, innovate on products, enhance services, lower costs and robotic process automation.

  • Retail – analytics to measure customer loyalty, eCommerce disruption, in-store experience (digital signage, AR/VR), Operational rationalization – IoT, blockchain, AI.

  • Healthcare – Integrated patient records, Patient analytics, “Zero waiting time”, remote doctor on-demand, telemedicine, Intelligent Automation in core areas

 

Four Pillars for Digital Transformation Success in Africa

Over the last 20 years many new technologies have been implemented in the African region – some with resounding success – think the mPesa payment platform, while others have floundered and died.  IDC has noted four common success factors that are not negotiable in the region – we call this the RASA filter.

 

Relevance

The African region has unique operating environment characteristics ranging from diverse consumer preferences to specific line of business expectations.  If a solution is promoted purely based on technological attributes such as speeds and feeds and ignores the direct impact that the application of the solution will have on the ultimate user, then it is bound to stutter.  The relevance of the solution must map exactly to a business outcome such as increased customer satisfaction, higher production output, or improved sales volumes.  The question to ask is “How does this solution immeasurably improve what aspect of the business?”

 

Affordability

Cost is an inevitable aspect of any technology implementation and more so in the African context.  Local currency values fluctuate wildly and buying power versus stable international currencies is typically weak while pricing is denominated in these currencies.  In many cases the technology is desired and will make a significant impact on the business yet is not affordable when measured against returns expected.

 

Security

As the variety and complexity of technology increases so too does the security threat surface available for malicious exploitation.  Africa is well connected to the global ecosystem in terms of finance, banking and commerce so cyber and physical security threats originating internationally and, more importantly, locally, must be considered whenever a new technology is implemented.

 

Accessibility

While much has been made of the significant improvements in global connectivity via undersea and satellite communications around Africa in the last 10 years there are notable gaps in terrestrial access across the continent, especially in rural and semi-rural areas.  Affordable connectivity via reliable, high-speed fibre is typically limited to urban or metropolitan areas while rural connectivity remains expensive and inconsistent.

 

IDC suggests that by applying these four, simple common-sense filters at the outset of any digital transformation project much frustration is prevented and will help African CIOs and IT strategists to identify and overcome challenges before they occur.

 

 

[Issued by: IDC]

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Oh, it’s digital. Again.

Posted by radio On February - 28 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Digital transformation is not leaving anyone behind. It’s the hero in its own disruptive movie, ensuring the safety of everyone in distress by taking them to places that nobody is entirely sure they understand. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the product of digital’s commitment to change, as is the introduction of emergent technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). Financial institutions are changing their rules of customer engagement and industry verticals after the business silos are following suit. Digital is imperative and it’s one that communication service providers have recognised as one train it needs to ride.

“The telecoms industry is shifting its focus and looking for ways to maintain and grow its subscriber base and part of this is causing them to undertake the journey from operator to digital services provider (DSP),” explains Senior Research and Consulting Manager at International Data Corporation, Sabelo Dlamini. “They want to develop new revenue streams and optimise performance by investing in efficient and automated processes.”

 

Digital opens new spaces within which the operators can build new foundations for the business. It’s where the AI and business intelligence and analytics platforms reside, providing operators with deeper intelligence into customer behaviour and requirements for improved solution development and performance. It allows for greater agility in developing solutions and services and the ability to pivot alongside ever-changing market demand.

 

“One of the primary reasons why operators are moving towards the DSP model now, more so than in the past, is because of shrinking traditional revenues,” says Dlamini. “The market is also being threatened by the over-the-top (OTT) service providers as their competitive pricing and offerings are threatening the survival of the traditional operator. They need to get out from under digital’s cloud and leverage it to their own advantage if they want to survive in the current market.”

 

Disruption is another factor in the changing mindset and strategy of the operator. The industry is being disrupted by fresh new talent and innovative ideas that have sprung out of digital. It’s a whole new world and those that don’t transform and adapt are those that will be tied to the tracks, watching the oncoming train with dispassionate disbelief.

 

“Disruption by new digital-native service providers in the industry is driving the operators to transform themselves into digital service providers,” says Dlamini. “An informed customer base is far more demanding now than in the past – they want better customer experiences at a cheaper price point, and they want it now.”

 

The process isn’t smooth sailing. Disruption and digital and the need to transform notwithstanding, the operators have a lot of legacy technology to deal with. They must find a way of moving away from the rigid processes that they’re used to so that they can develop a more agile and flexible approach to service delivery. This is what the digital-native OTTs are used to, this is their foundation, which puts them at a competitive advantage.

 

“Operators need to change their culture and their approaches,” says Dlamini. “As the picture changes, telcos are no longer the only service providers and the ecosystem has become incredibly diverse. This is an opportunity for the telco that’s paying attention to its customer base but also competition as established OTTs and digital competitors win the war for the customer’s attention.”

 

Many of the telcos in South Africa are aware of the areas in which they need to transform. This awareness is visible in their push for spectrum allocation and their focus on leveraging 5G solutions and technologies. Whether these intentions succeed and whether they successfully transition to the DSP remains to be seen.

 

“The operators need to break down internal silos such as mobile and fixed within the organisation and transform into more customer-centric digital providers, or digital service providers,” concludes Dlamini. “This requires drastic change within the operator itself in order to drive the speed of the train, to ensure that they achieve a successful outcome to the journey.”

 

Are the tracks built? Not really, no. Many operators are still trying to figure out how to smash down internal walls and leverage digital while juggling shrinking margins and disappearing customers. With speed, disruptive thinking and a focus on the value of digital, this may yet be the moment that telcos look back on with fondness. But whether or not they’re there to look back remains to be seen.

 

 

[Article by: IDC]

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Apple has marked the close of a historic 2019 for its Services offerings, a year that introduced Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Card, and celebrated the continued success of the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud and more experiences only Apple can create and deliver. Apple provides customers with the highest-quality services along with an unparalleled commitment to privacy and security, and offers creators and developers the opportunity to bring their creative visions to people around the world.
“2019 was the biggest year for Services in Apple’s history. We introduced several exciting new experiences for our customers, all while setting the standard for user privacy and security,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We begin the new decade with incredible momentum and gratitude to our customers who have shown such enthusiasm for all of our Services, and we continue to celebrate the work of the world’s best creators, storytellers, journalists and developers.”
Apple’s ongoing focus on the deep integration of hardware, software and services drove all of its platforms to new heights in 2019.
The App Store is the world’s safest and most vibrant app marketplace, with over half a billion people visiting each week. It remains the safest place for users to find software and provides developers of all sizes access to customers in 155 countries. Since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have earned over $155 billion, with a quarter of those earnings coming from the past year alone. As a measure of the excitement going into 2020, App Store customers spent a record $1.42 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, a 16 percent increase over last year, and $386 million on New Year’s Day 2020 alone, a 20 percent increase over last year and a new single-day record.
Apple Music is the most complete music experience, offering over 60 million songs and world class music experts and tastemakers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections in 115 countries. Apple Music is the best music service for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac, HomePod and CarPlay. The new time-synced lyrics feature was a highlight in 2019: over 50 percent of listeners have used it on iOS 13. The innovative Beats 1 radio station offers exclusive shows by Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled and Elton John. Apple Music provides artists and songwriters at every level of their career with a global platform to reach new and existing audiences.
Apple TV+ is the home of Apple Originals from the world’s greatest storytellers, including “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “For All Mankind,” “See” and “Servant.” Apple TV+ made history as the first streaming platform to receive multiple Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations in its launch year, and is the first and only streaming service to debut instantly in over 100 countries and regions.
The Apple TV app brings together the different ways to discover and watch shows, movies and more in one app, and is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, iPod touch, select Samsung smart TVs, and Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, and will be available on LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. The Apple TV app now offers over 30 Apple TV channels — direct subscriptions to premium video services so customers can watch both online and offline, ad-free and on demand, all in one app.
Apple Arcade is a groundbreaking game subscription service within the App Store, offering users unlimited access to the entire catalog of 100+ new, exclusive games, all playable across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV. Apple Arcade features award-winning titles such as “Sayonara Wild Hearts,” “Assemble with Care” and “Mini Motorways,” and throughout 2020, the service will add new games and expansions every month.
Apple News draws over 100 million monthly active users in the US, UK, Australia and Canada and has revolutionised how users access news from all their favourite sources. Apple News+ offers an all-in-one subscription to hundreds of the world’s top magazines and major newspapers. In 2020, Apple News will provide live coverage of key moments in the US presidential election in partnership with ABC News.
Apple Podcasts offers free audio stories that entertain, inform and inspire, and now delivers listeners over 800,000 shows in 155 countries on more devices than ever before. Listeners can search topics and people within the audio to find new shows and episodes.
Apple Card and Apple Pay lead innovation with the ways customers pay for goods and services, and access everyday experiences. Last month, customers began using Apple Card Monthly Installments to purchase new iPhones and pay for them over 24 months with zero interest. In 2019, entry to more than 150 stadiums, ballparks, arenas and entertainment venues around the world was available with contactless tickets on iPhone and Apple Watch. Customers could ride public transit with Apple Pay in some of the largest cities in the world, including Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, London and New York. In 2020, customers will be able to easily tap their iPhone and Apple Watch to ride trains and buses in even more cities, including Washington, D.C., Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Foshan, and access dorms and services at additional universities across the US.
iCloud powers a seamless experience in keeping a customer’s photos, videos, files, app data and more safe, up to date and available across all their devices. Over 75 percent of iCloud users are protected with two-factor authentication, an extra layer of security designed to ensure that no one else can access their account or data. With Family Sharing, up to six family members can share access to Apple services, including Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music and an iCloud storage plan, as well as individual music, movie, TV, book and app purchases.
In 2020, Apple will continue to delight customers, collaborate with developers and creators, offering new levels of creativity, choice and innovation across original series and films, podcasts, music, news, games, apps, payments and unique experiences only Apple can deliver.
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Samsung Introduces the new Galaxy Note10 Lite

Posted by radio On January - 14 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Note10 Lite. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note 10 series, this Lite model brings key premium features such as the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery at an accessible price point. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will be launched in South Africa over the next few weeks.

“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer wants and demands around the world. These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “The Galaxy Note10 Lite, which will be released in South Africa over the next few weeks, will introduce those distinct key premium features that make up a Galaxy Note experience.”

 

Enjoy the premium Note experience and increase your productivity on the Galaxy Note10 Lite with the signature S Pen. Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support means you can navigate a presentation, control your video content or take a picture, all with a simple click of the S Pen. Air Command will also give you quick and easy access to the signature S Pen features you need quickly and easily. The Samsung Notes app makes note taking faster and easier when on the go. And now, you can turn those handwritten notes into text for easy editing and sharing.

 

Galaxy Premium Features:

The Galaxy Note10 Lite will give even more people access to key premium Galaxy features:

 

Uninterrupted Display: Galaxy Note10 Lite offer edge-to-edge Infinity-O displays. With a 6.7-inch screen size, the display provides an expansive and immersive experience, allowing you to fully enjoy and get lost in your favorite multimedia content.

Larger and Long-Lasting Battery: The Galaxy Note10 Lite is packed with a large 4,500mAh battery and super-fast charging capabilities, so you can stay connected longer and spend more time doing the things you love.

Services and Security: The Galaxy Note10 Lite comes with Samsung’s ecosystem of apps and services, including Bixby, Samsung Pay and Samsung Health. As you would expect, this device is also protected with defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox.

 

Specifications:

6.7-inch Full HD+Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display,

2400×1080 (394ppi)

Super AMOLED Plus display creates ergonomic design with thin and light display panel by adopting flexible OLED technology”
Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners; actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners and camera hole.
Camera  

 

 

 

Rear: Triple Camera– Ultra Wide: 12MP F2.2

– Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF F1.7 OIS

– Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4 OIS

 

Front: 32MP F2.2

Body 76.1 x 163.7 x 8.7mm, 199g
AP 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Quad 2.7GHz + Quad 1.7GHz)
Memory 6/8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage
May differ by model, colour, market and mobile operator.
User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.
Battery 4,500mAh(typical)
Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,370mAh. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.
OS Android 10.0
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Helpful info for choosing your next TV

Posted by radio On December - 19 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

South Africans love their TV’s. From their favourite soapies to great sporting moments, it’s a part of our homes, culture and some of our best times with family and friends. However, when choosing a new TV, here are a few frequently asked questions you may need answered.

What is a ‘Quantum Dot’?

 

Quantum dots are tiny particles of between two and 10 nanometres in diameter. Each dot gives off a different colour according to its size. This is the reason they’re so brilliant at displaying colour.

 

Is there a difference between OLED and QLED?

 

There definitely is. Since QLED TVs don’t use organic elements, they are essentially immune to screen burn-in. This is a display issue in which certain facets of an image shown on a TV screen, such as a channel logo, are either not shown properly, or fragments of that image remain on the screen. It then appears longer, as though it is embedded onto the display. In fact, TechRader addressed the QLED versus OLED debate by citing Samsung QLED as ‘’Capable of competing with and often surpassing even the best OLED’s.

 

What does colour volume mean?

 

It means that colour doesn’t ever fade, in any lighting condition. It pinpoints colour accuracy, improved brightness and the deepest blacks are achieved on an active display.

 

What TV is best for my bedroom?

 

Screen size, resolution and display type, are all things to take into consideration to make sure it’s the right TV for your space. But the best place to start is viewing distance, which will ultimately help to determine those factors. Since the TV may be closer to you in the bedroom, a high-definition 4K TV like Samsung QLED TV would be good to ensure that you get crisp details on screen despite it being in closer proximity. With the new QLED 8K the experience is heightened even more. Unlike conventional TV’s when you’re closer to the TV you see the actual picture, in crystal clarity, instead of a sea of fuzzy pixels. Of course, this is great in every other room as well.

What TV is best during the day?

 

When you watch TV during the day, the sun can wash out details or even completely cover up a portion of the screen. A TV with HDR (High Dynamic Range) helps in this situation as it keeps details clear on-screen even when the scene is dark or bright. In addition to HDR capabilities, consider picking up a TV which helps reflect light sources to lessen glare, like Samsung QLED.

 

The Samsung 2019 QLED range is, however, an easy choice. It has taken the experience to a whole new level. Not only is the range, its largest screen size offering ever but it delivers, a truly incredible viewing experience and unprecedented value.

 

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The mobile data pricing conundrum

Posted by radio On December - 19 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Sabelo Dlamini, Senior Research & Consulting Manager at IDC]

 

There needs to be an analysis of more advanced, technically driven pricing structures, says IDC.

As the market continues to digest the Competition Commission’s summary findings on the data services market in South Africa, some experts believe that their methodology in coming up with the findings was not necessarily the right approach. According to Sabelo Dlamini, Senior Research and Consulting Manager at International Data Corporation (IDC) South Africa, the South African mobile industry cannot be compared to those in other African countries.

 

 

“There are two issues that need to be considered here,” he says. “Firstly, the Competition Commission has focused quite strongly on the disparity between post- and prepaid pricing, but this requires further, more in-depth scrutiny. Secondly, they are comparing South African mobile data pricing to other African countries, but the comparison is not as simple as it seems.”

 

 

Dlamini says the South African mobile operators have gone the extra mile in deploying their networks while they did not have the required 4G spectrum. “These network operators had to work with 3G spectrum, re-farming that spectrum to deliver 4G services. They have invested a lot in terms of technological design and engineering to achieve this. That means that the design and quality of service and experience in South Africa are much better when compared to other African countries.”

 

He adds that in most other African countries, the operators have hand-picked certain cities or areas when deploying the networks or planning the coverage, compared to South Africa where there is more-or-less full coverage across the country. “The situation in South Africa is very different from that in other countries on the continent. The telcos have invested a lot in infrastructure in the country and they are therefore expecting higher returns.”

 

 

From a pricing perspective, Dlamini believes the Competition Commission should be delving deeper into the complex pricing models rather than just focusing on the price per Gig. “The Competition Commission needs to unpack the current pricing structures in more detail to determine how they can be remodelled to benefit the poor. Yes, one could easily focus on the price per Gig, but that will result in blanket pricing, which will ultimately disadvantage end-users or customers,” he says.

 

The pricing models need to be unpacked technically as there are several innovative products that can be used to implement more adaptive and demand-based pricing. “Just focusing on the standard price per Gig is a more primitive way of pricing. However, if, using technology if you adjust your pricing based on the amount of congestion and usage of a specific cell, coupling those with some free zones, free minutes and zero-rated content, it would have a far more beneficial outcome for end-users or customers.”

 

Impact on MTN and Vodacom?

Regardless of whether the Competition Commission pushes ahead with the findings, consumers will continue to communicate and use data as they are using it now, possibly even more. “The biggest impact on the operators will be that they will take longer to repay the CAPEX costs of their network investments. But, focusing on a standard price list model could result in customers losing the benefit of free zones, minutes and zero-rated content, which will disadvantage them even further,” says Dlamini. “That is why we are urging the Competition Commission to delve deeper into existing technically advanced pricing models to rather determine how those can be made more efficient and more affordable to the end-user,” he says.

 

There could also be a broader negative impact on the industry if both MTN and Vodacom half their prices. “Telkom and Cell C currently position themselves based on more affordable pricing. Should the two bigger operators bring their cost down significantly, it could have unintended consequences on the smaller operators, making it more difficult for them to compete.”

 

It is time to explore alternatives to mobile

Dlamini concludes that the mobile networks in South Africa have reached saturation level and alternatives must be explored to connect the unconnected efficiently. “There are several technologies available outside of mobile that can be used to connect the unconnected,” he says. “We have seen several organisations and projects within government, such as USAASA and SA Connect, that have not yielded the expected results. Building mobile networks is expensive, so if we are serious about connecting the unconnected, we need to start looking at alternative technologies, such as TV Whitespaces, WiFi and satellite.”

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Facebook (facebook.com) today released its ‘2019 Year in Review’ infographic, showcasing just some of its investments across Sub-Saharan in 2019.  Committed to giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, throughout the year this translated into significant support and investments into growing the ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and many other communities.

 

During 2019, Facebook Africa:

  • Trained over 7,000 woman-owned businesses in digital skills across sub Saharan Africa;

  • Celebrated 79 Community Leadership Circle meetups with over 2 ,650 people attending;

  • Reached its 45th Developer Circle, with circles now in 17 African countries and representing more than 70,000 members;

  • Hosted the first-ever iD8 Nairobi Conference with over 400 African developers and startups in attendance;

  • Expanded Third-Party Fact-Checking across 10 African countries;

  • Announced the creation of the world’s most detailed population density maps of Africa, created by Facebook AI researchers to help humanitarian aid and relief agencies; and much more.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Facebook Africa, commented: “Africa is important to Facebook, and we’re committed to investing in its youth, entrepreneurs, the creative industries, tech ecosystem as well as its many other communities. Our 2019 Year in Review highlights just some of these investments, and the impact we’ve been able to have here in the region. I’m excited about the future of Facebook and our family of apps here in Africa, as well as the potential of this young, mobile and dynamic continent, and look forward to creating partnerships in 2020 and beyond.”

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Samsung announced its headline sponsorship of the latest in Cassper Nyovest’s famous FillUp series of concerts. This December, Samsung will be firmly behind the popular hip hop star, in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, as he once again raises the bar for South African artists. Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up concert series is the most successful hip hop focused event in Africa. This is seamlessly aligned to Samsung’s position as the most loved brand in South Africa in the Sunday Times Top Brand survey, for the 7th year in a row. Additionally, the show’s innovative stage design and production has set the standard and influenced major artists worldwide.

“Cassper is a pioneer intent on blazing new trails. He is the perfect epitome of Samsung’s brand ethos ‘Do What You Can’t”, says Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa.

 

Consumers will also be introduced to the Samsung Galaxy A30s, a special edition with enhancement such as Celebrity Alarm and Galaxy Theme, allowing our customers to enjoy flagship features such as Samsung Pay and Bixby Alarm so they Don’t Live Life Nje. The new Samsung Galaxy A30s has triple camera, uninterrupted infinity display and long-lasting battery life at an affordable price that will strike a chord with all South Africans.

 

Event Details
Date: 15 December 2019
Time: 14:00 – 00:00
Venue: Royal Bafokeng – Rustenburg

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