Upstream offers operators a digital services platform with video and games content – 2.3 million subscribers in Nigeria and South Africa

22 September 2017

It’s taking time for online mobile content plays in Africa to get a firm footing. Mobile operators don’t usually understand content plays and flounder when trying to curate and sell content. Russell Southwood talks to Guy Krief, CEO, Upstream that has successfully worked with a range of African mobile operators to provide successful video and gaming platforms. Upstream’s origins were as a company that ran marketing promotions for mobile operators around the world but it now describes itself as “a mobile commerce platform, accelerating m-commerce in high growth markets.”. Krief joined Upstream as Chief Innovation Officer in 2004 and was…


Globecast South Africa has created its own VoD platform – Clients use it to create new content business models

21 September 2017

Faced with the high cost of international platforms, Globecast South Africa decised to create its own VoD/SVoD platform to offer to its clients. Russell Southwood spoke to Alan Hird, CEO, Globecast South Africa about why it chose to do this and how its clients are using it. Q:Why did Globecast South Africa create its own SVoD/VoD platform? A: We did it for a number of reasons. We see it as the future, or at least a key part of the future, and we want to provide our clients access to a platform that can help future-proof their business. We have…


VoD and Africa - A review of existing VoD services, drivers, challenges and opportunities (July 2017 update)

180+ VoD platforms related to Africa and Black culture!  The new emerging distribution market for the African audiovisual industry is VoD. VoD and IPTV services are the best way for broadband internet operators in Africa to monetize data now!  There are very few reports that review VoD (video on demand) progress across Africa.  This report offers invaluably detailed and updated information on the state of play with VoD platforms' launches and projects across the continent. This report is ideal to prepare a business plan and convince investors and partners. The main report was initially released at the end of 2014 and…