Overall, Africa’s mobile market has probably been the fastest growing of any region in the world over the past five years, and mobile access has grown twice as rapidly as the global average.
It took the African continent 100 years to accumulate 28 million fixed lines – an average access rate of 3 per 100 inhabitants – but this was overtaken by mobile connections in 2001, and with 137 million mobile subscribers in 2005 mobiles outnumbered fixed lines by more than five to one.
You don’t have to fret if the concept of ‘digital migration’ is foreign and confusing to you. Minister of Communications Siphiwe Nyanda is also not entirely sure of the details of the process, or even the correct terminology.
Here is a brief crash course on digital migration for the benefit of the minister and those of us who haven’t brushed up on our technology news for some years:
In the digital age the commercial value of content is increasingly important.
Those of us who download each episode of Grey’s Anatomy almost immediately after its release (did you SEE the finale of Season five?!) have no reason to watch the show on normal TV. This means that we will never see the adverts that various companies have paid for, which means that these companies are losing revenue and are therefore less likely to invest in television ads in the future. Those of us who still watch normal TV can use our PVR decoders to fast-forward through the ads anyway.
Pretty chuffed about new media during the Sanef AGM in Durban -
I posted 80 tweets about the debates.
Also got a Tweet query from Nic Dawes, M&G editor, who was not able to make it here, but was following my tweets. He asked about "lawyerisation" of the Press Ombuds process. It wasn't opportune to take the general discussion back to the query, so I decided instead to follow up with Joe Thloloe, the Ombud, afterwards. So here's his answer which I streamed live from my cellphone to Qik.com.
There's a bit of schizophrenia here at the Deutsche Welle conference in Bonn, in a session that's dealing with journalism education. On the one hand is my experience of Twitter and Qik, and on the other I’m giving a presentation about old-style attempts to regulate journalism education (and journalism) in Kenya and Tanzania.