Samsung says it is partnering with satellite operator SES to provide free satellite TV services for consumers in six countries in Africa including Ghana, according to a news report today March 22, 2012 by ITWEB.The company made the announcement during its annual Africa Forum event in Cape Town, South Africa. Officials of Samsung said the free service will be available on select Samsung LED TVs, and will provide access to 60 free-to-air TV channels (30 English and 30 French), ITWEB reports, adding that the TVs are fitted with built-in satellite tuners and, therefore, do not require a separate decoder.
The company has signed a deal with SES (which already covers 40 African countries) to provide the new service.Other African countries to enjoy this new service are Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon.The free satellite TVs will also come with Samsung’s LED TV SurgeSafe+ technology that Samsung says is suited specifically to the African environment, protecting against humidity, lightening and electricity surges, ITWEB reported.
By Ekow Quandzie
Millicom International Cellular SA, operators of the Tigo brand, have published its full year report for 2011, stating categorically that it is still the second largest operator in Ghana by subscribers.
This is in sharp contrast to the full year subscriber base report published by the National Communication Authority (NCA), showing that Vodafone has taken over the second place from Tigo since October 2011.
The NCA’s report showed Vodafone finished the year second with 4.2 million subscribers, representing 20.2% market share, and Tigo came in third with 3.9 million subscribers, representing 18.53% market share.
But Tigo’s full year report, published on February 8, 2012 indicated that it closed the year with 3,508,372 subscribers, and not 3.9 million; adding that the figure represented 21.3% market share making Tigo still the second largest of five operators in Ghana.
According to latest statistics from Ookla’s NetIndex, Ghana has been ranked with the fastest broadband Internet speed in Africa.
Ookla is the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. Based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net, the NetIndex compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe.
From the results, Ghana currently has download speeds of up to 5.14 Mbps, ranking it 73rd in the world. The country is closely followed by Kenya with 4.94 Mbps, Angola with 4.53 Mbps, Rwanda with 3.28 Mbps and Zimbabwe with 2.98 Mbps in that particular order.
Other African countries with the fastest broadband speed include South Africa with 2.98 Mbps, ranked 6th in Africa and 105th in the world; Libya with 2.94 Mbps, ranked 7th in Africa; Morocco with 2.77 Mbps, ranked 8th; Nigeria with 2.30 Mbps, ranked 9th in Africa and 129th in the world; and Tunisia ranked 10th with 2.12 Mbps.
The table below provides full details about the top 10 African countries with the fastest broadband speed.
According to the the report, Lithuania ranks number one in the world with 31.67 Mbps, followed by South Korea with 30.59 Mbps and Latvia in third position with 27.42 Mbps.