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Morocco: Video Blogger Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison

A Moroccan court on August 18, 2017 sentenced video blogger Mohamed Taghra to 10 months in prison for criminal defamation after he published a report on local police corruption in the country’s central Souss-Massa region, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information and the Arab Bloggers Union reported.

Taghra, who publishes his work under the pseudonym Hamza Lhazin, was found guilty of “insulting and defaming” officials of the Royal Gendarmerie police, according to local media.

The charge is related to a YouTube video that features interviews with eyewitnesses who claim Royal Gendarmerie members forged a report for a traffic accident that resulted in a fatality. In the video, which was viewed over 50,000 times, Taghra said the Royal Gendarmerie took a bribe to forge the traffic report.

Police arrested Taghra on August 4 at his home in the town of Ouled Teima, according to news reports. Since his arrest, the video blogger has been held in the Ait Melloul prison, located approximately 20 miles southwest of Ouled Teima, according to a Facebook post from Taghra’s account. CPJ was unable to determine who was posting from Taghra’s account.

Starting in 2015, Taghra regularly posted about cases of alleged corruption in several towns in the Souss-Massa region on his social media accounts, and has drawn the ire of local officials in the past.

Moroccan government spokesperson Moustapha Khalfi did not respond to CPJ’s request for comment sent via email.

In June 2016, security officials in the city of Taroudant, also in Souss-Massa, summoned Taghra for questioning after an education ministry official filed a defamation complaint against the blogger, according to news reports. The complaint came after Taghra accused officials of leaking high school exams in exchange for money, according to the reports. CPJ could not determine more details about the status of the 2016 complaint.

Members of Taghra’s family did not immediately respond to CPJ’s request for comment sent over social media.

Rwanda: Tigo Eyes Top Spot By Year’s End

By Stephen Nuwagira

Rwanda’s telecom industry has reached a critical stage in market dominance with the two top players separated by a less than 3-percentage point margin.

According to the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) Active Mobile Telephone Subscriptions report for August 2017, MTN controls 42 per cent of the market, Tigo enjoys a market share of over 39 per cent, up from 36.5 per cent in December 2016, while late entrant, Airtel Rwanda, trails with 19 per cent.

MTN is yet to recover from a 15.8 per cent reduction in active mobile users lost in January, which cut its subscribers to 3.4 million from 4.07 million in December 2016. The RURA report, indicates that the country’s mobile telephone penetration level is, however, once again on an upward trend following big drops in the first and second quarters of the year.

Presently, the penetration rate stands at 74.4 per cent, an increase of 0.5 per cent from 74 per cent the previous month. This growth is, however, lower than 97.2 per cent penetration level recorded in December 2016 before active subscriber numbers declined by 7.1 per cent in January to 8.28 million from 8.9 million users at the end of 2016. The report indicates that the total number of active mobile telephone subscriptions (90-days revenue generating subscribers) rose from 8.49 million in July to 8.58 million in August, an increase of one per cent. Postpaid user rose to 126,614 in August, from 124,714 the previous month, while prepaid subscribers inched up to 8.45 million people from 8.37 million at the end of July.

Sector analysts attribute the increases registered by telecom firms over the past three months (June to August) to customers promotions, where telecom firms are giving out millions worth of cash prizes while others have rolled out attractive, more affordable and client-centric packages for both data and voice.

These products, the experts say, are all geared at subscriber retention and acquisition. RURA figures of Tigo Rwanda has been the biggest gainers over the past three months, a development that has piled immense pressure on sector pioneers and market leaders MTN Rwanda. The telecom’s subscriber figures inched up by 94,852 or 2.9 per cent in July 2017 to over 3.3 million users and rose 1.2 per cent (37,091) in August to 3,395,930 from 3,356,951 in July.

MTN’s subscriber base grew by 0.8 per cent (27,628) to 3,574,598 users from 3,546,958 in July, while Airtel Rwanda customers rose by one per cent or by 16,442 new users to 1,609,995, from 1,593,553.

What sector players say

Commenting on the gains, Philip Amoateng, the Tigo Rwanda chief executive officer, said the firm’s positive subscriber growth over the reporting is driven by a highly motivated sales and distribution team “that we have on the ground”.

“This is also testament to customer confidence in the quality of the services we offer, such as the fast data and Tigo Cash mobile financial services… We are working towards becoming the market leader by the end of 2017,” said Amoateng.

However, MTN chief executive Bart Hofker said the firm is focusing on increasing its revenue market share and not just the number of customers, arguing that one can “pump up that figure cosmetically”.

“We clean our data base for non-users regularly… Besides, we have been able to grow total revenue in Q2 by over 10 per cent compared to the same period last year. So, the exercise hasn’t impacted our revenue,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday. Focusing on user numbers does not show a telecom’s ‘real performance’ per se.

Kenya: Why Election Body Boss Wants Three ICT Officers Out

Photo: Evans Habil/Daily Nation

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati addresses journalists at Anniversary Towers, Nairobi, on September 1, 2017.

By Ibrahim Oruko

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati wants three officers in the ICT directorate suspended in what he described as necessary action to restore waning public confidence in the commission’s ability to prepare and deliver a credible repeat presidential poll.

In a leaked internal memo on Tuesday, Mr Chebukati directed the chief executive Ezra Chiloba to suspend ICT director James Muhati, ICT coordinator Paul Mugo and ICT officer Boniface Wamae as the turf wars between the commission and secretariat arising from the nullification of the August 8 presidential election went a notch higher.

INTERFERENCE

The trio managed the commission’s Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) platform in the General Election and the chairman says they fell short in assisting the commission to successfully discharge its collegial and constitutional mandate.

Further, Mr Chebukati notes that the officers acquired additional rights to delete files from the commission’s servers and other escalated privileges to the FTP server under the chairperson/national returning officer account.

“The ICT security framework and security measures deployed in the General Election failed to eliminate the risk of external interference as users with foreign IP address could log onto the commission’s system and perform functions before, during and after the elections,” Mr Chebukati said.

ELECTORAL FLAWS

The Nation learnt that the decision to suspend the trio was arrived at after an attempt by the chairman to lobby the commissioners to suspend Mr Chiloba failed on Monday.

The chairman had summoned the commission for a meeting that was to deliberate Mr Chiloba’s responses to the memo from the chairman, which blamed the chief executive for the systemic flaws in the August 8 General Election.

And even though the commissioners deliberated on the matter for the better part of Monday, there was no consensus on how to deal with Mr Chiloba who appears to enjoy protection from “forces within the government”.

PETITION

Mr Chebukati is said to have been unhappy with Mr Chiloba’s responses, pointing out they raised more questions than answers and urged the commissioners to back his bid to suspend Mr Chiloba, pending investigations.

However, there was no consensus and the matter was put on the vote, upon which Mr Chebukati lost.

The new memo popped up on the day Mr Chebukati failed to meet a group of church leaders who had been scheduled to deliver to him a petition that sought to plead with him to take necessary measures to identify and isolate those who were responsible for the mess that led to the nullification of the presidential election.

USER RIGHTS

Led by Bishop Aggrey Mukilima of the Friends Church, the clerics demanded that the IEBC takes steps to urgently agree with stakeholders on the way forward in line with the Supreme Court ruling.

In yet another memo, Mr Chebukati accuses the ICT officers of conferring on themselves super user rights on the commission’s server in respect of the presidential election and demands an explanation from Mr Chiloba the scope of the user rights privileges the officers exercised in his name, whether these were delegated powers or assigned to any other person.

“You have not responded as to why a server that was meant for day to day operations by staff was used for official purpose of transmitting forms 34Bs,” Mr Chebukati tells Mr Chiloba in the memo.

In the explosive memo, Mr Chebukati had directed Mr Chiloba to explain why some election result forms lacked security features, explain the purchase of satellite phones that never worked and why hundreds of polling stations did not send results of the presidential election to the national tallying centre.

Ethiopia: Sun Optics, Essilor Couples to Tap Optics’ Market

By Hawi Abdisa

Sun Optical Technologies (SOT), a renowned eyeglass supplier, partnered with Essilor Group, a French-based company, to set up eyecare centres and eyeglass manufacturing plants with an investment capital of about 100 million Br.

Berhane Abraha, managing director of SOT and Thibault Michels, managing director of Essilor East Africa, signed the joint venture agreement at Intercontinental Hotel on September 14, 2017.

Having 51pc share in the joint venture, Essilor has been negotiating with SOT for two years before concluding the partnership pact.

The agreement entails the opening of 200 eyecare centres throughout the country, of which 97 outlets will be in Addis, whereas the remaining will be in nine regional states.

The gap between the demand and supply of optics attracted Essilor to invest in Ethiopia, according to Michels.

“In Ethiopia, one optical shop serves 900,000 individuals, implying an enormous potential and unexplored areas in the country,” he explained.

The partnership also includes setting up eyeglass producing centres in Hawassa, Gonder, and Dire Dawa within three months. An investment worth two million dollars is reserved for the implementation of the project.

This will raise the production capacity of Sun, whose existing manufacturing centre is around Sidst Kilo, by three folds to 450 glasses a day. It will also create job opportunities for 75 individuals, pushing Sun’s number of employees to 185.

The duo has already finalised preparations to open 22 of the centres in the coming two weeks. Megenagna, Qera, Bisrate Gebriel, Lideta and Arat Kilo are amongst the spots where the new centres will be opened.

To realise the centres, SOT has entered a franchise agreement with 15 businesses with an investment worth between 300,000 Br and 1.4 million Br, last Thursday.

With the aim of advancing more into the market, SOT also plans to establish centres in public hospitals, which will enable them to leverage 25pc of the profit made from the centres.

“This is to make the service affordable to the working class,” said Berhane.

Essilor will give training and create awareness about the importance of screening and regular check-ups in centres that are going to be opened in rural parts of the country, according to the agreement.

Established two decades ago, SOT has mainly been supplying lenses and frames to eye clinics, optical shops, hospitals and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), producing a wide range of lenses from entry-level products to high-end branded products.

Essilor Group is a company known for producing ophthalmic lenses and ophthalmic optical equipment. It was formed in 1972 after the merger of Essel and Silor; it currently has 61,000 employees. Last year, the company generated revenues of eight billion dollars.

Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom Gears Up Monopoly

By Abiy Solomon

The monopoly telecom operator, Ethio telecom, will begin registering new mobile phones into the system starting from tomorrow in a bid to prevent smuggled phones in the local market and prevent a telecom fraud committed by breaching the company’s satellite network.

Ethio telecom announced the registration in a press conference at Hilton Hotel last Thursday, September 14, 2017.

Ethio telecom, the state monopoly telecom provider, is going to make 2.7 million mobile phone apparatuses out of operation within a year. This marks the commencement of the national Equipment Identity Registration System (EIRS) jointly undertaken by Ethio telecom and the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT).

EIRS aims at modernising the country’s telecom service and is recognised by Global System Mobile Association (GSMA) while maintaining users’ advantages in terms of better service, enhanced security and national revenues.

It will also block illegally imported gadgets, that are capable of bypassing the service provider’s satellite network and enabling them to make international calls.

The system is designed to take out invalid mobile phones that are cloned or are of substandard production, according to Abdurahim Ahmed, a corporate communications director at Ethio telecom.

“The existence of such products deters the quality of the telecom service and poses a threat to the users’ well-being,” said Abdurahim, while briefing the issue to the press at Hilton Hotel last Thursday.

To this end, mobile apparatuses are automatically registered with their specific identification number known as IMEI, which binds a particular SIM card to a particular device.

The system will also prevent mobile phone theft, health hazards caused by substandard devices and the revenues the government loses from illegally imported apparatuses.

All the active mobile apparatuses are automatically registered whereas unused devices will be registered after inserting Ethio telecom’s SIM card by September 18, 2017.

Users can dial *#06# to identify their phone’s IMEI number and dial *868# to have a look at & use the available registration alternatives, according to Ethio telecom.

The new system will bond the mobile apparatus with the SIM card of the particular user using IMEI, which is a unique number given automatically to identify GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. IMEI is only used for recognising the device and has no permanent or semi-permanent relation to the subscriber. The number is used by the GSM network to know valid devices.

EIRS prevents phone theft as it blacklists a reported stolen phone, making it out of operation in the service provider’s network territory by recognising the IMEI number.

“Since our phones are tightly interwoven with our daily lives in many aspects, the recurrent phone theft is a significant issue troubling users,” explained Ayalneh Lemma, head of legal services at MCIT. “Thus, we believe, the system will eradicate the threat rendering stolen phones useless on the network.”

Moreover, the registration enables 14 legal phone assemblers, and importers in the country to regain a fair business competition ground, which has previously been manoeuvred by contraband phone traders, according to MCIT.

The use of IMEI will enable mobile phones in Ethiopia to be recognised in GSMA’s database. Hence, being registered in GSMA’s database is the major criteria for having a valid device.

“Our registration system is intended to take out substandard and cloned apparatuses that cost users due to below standard device speed, battery life and network signal quality,” said Balcha Reba, director of Standardization & Regulatory Directorate at MCIT. “These counterfeited devices don’t have a valid IMEI number, making it easy to revoke their registration system.”

Shimeles Tessema, a Computer Science instructor and software Developer, agrees with the registration’s advantage, though in a different way.

“The IMEI registration is more relevant in enforcing standard mobile apparatuses than preventing theft,” he elaborates. “The low-cost substandard mobile devices often use cheap and lower specification elements such as modems, battery and processor, which consequently hang up the quality of the telecom service we ought to get.”

The registration, thus, would instruct and encourage users to go for standard apparatuses, which in turn lets them have better service.

“Given there is only one telecom operator in our country, we can’t choose between the best service,” Shimeles said. “Our only resort remains to be conserving the service Ethio telecom delivers to us at its best.”

Responding to the argument whether device registration, which entails to making some phones invalid, is a priority than improving other telecom services, Abdurahman claims that both are parallel priorities.

“We can boldly say that we have been successful in telecom infrastructure development,” he said. “We were privileged to be named the second largest telecom infrastructure in Africa.”

Ethiopia is a country on the 107th rank of Internet penetration. However, there is a dramatic shift in the development of telecom services. Starting telecom service in 1999, Ethiopia currently has over 50 million subscriptions, of which 16 million use Internet services, representing for 15.4pc of the total population. About 17 years ago, the number of people who used Internet was only 10,000 in the country.

South Africa: Lobby Group Demands Cheaper Airtime, Data

Photo: Right2Know

Right2Know protests outside Vodacom, demonstrating against high data and voice call costs.

By Julia Chaskalson

Members of Right2Know (R2K) and the Diepkloof Voices of Poor Concerned Residents picketed outside the head offices of several cellphone companies in Gauteng on Tuesday to demand cheaper airtime and data.

The protesters gathered outside the MTN offices in Randburg, Cell C offices in Sandton, Telkom offices in Centurion and Vodacom offices in Midrand to hand over a memorandum.

R2K said in a statement that demands which had been “continuously presented” to the cellphone companies since 2013 had not been met.

“We want to be taken seriously,” R2K coordinator Eunice Manzini said at the gathering outside MTN’s head offices in Randburg.

According to R2K’s research, South Africa has some of the most expensive data rates in the world and cellphone companies make up to a “300% profit on all SMSes” as the costs of transmission are very low. Nearly 83% of South Africans have cellphones, says R2K, yet high data and airtime prices place communication “out of reach of the country’s poor”.

R2K, supported by Voices of Poor Concerned Residents, is calling for “affordable data and airtime for all South Africans” and demanding that unused data bundles should not expire. R2K called on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to “regulate the cost of airtime and data to stop profiteering.”

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“Far too many South Africans are deprived of the basic right to communicate because of the ruthless profiteering of the big telecoms companies,” the statement said.Other demands on the memorandum included:All SMSes should be free;A free basic amount of airtime and data for everyone;Better cellphone service, including network outages, dropped calls, calls that don’t connect, and data coverage; andThe expansion of the list of free numbers (like police and ambulances) to include schools and hospitals.Johan Pansegrouw, MTN’s head security specialist, accepted the memorandum from R2K protesters in Randburg. “I will not make any promises,” he said. “But I will take this to the executive.” He did not want to comment further.Michael Seema, a member of R2K and of Voices of Poor Concerned Residents, said he spent “more than R200 a month on data”. “They must reduce the prices,” he said. “This is a very big problem for us.”Voices of Poor Concerned Residents has over 500 members in Diepkloof, Soweto. The goal of the organisation is to achieve “equal basic rights for the poor” of their community. “Airtime is a problem for all our members,” Seema said. “You can’t eat data. If people aren’t working, it’s very heavy to choose – must they buy food [or data].”Apner Modupi, another member of the group, said cellphone signals did not reach all of Soweto, especially at weekends. “No one has landlines anymore, but the cell network is not okay.”

South Africa: #DataMustFall – Picketers Call for Cellphone Companies to Ring in Changes

Right2Know has led pickets outside the four major telecommunications companies in Gauteng on Tuesday, demanding affordable voice and data costs for South Africans.

Tariffic, a research company, found that South Africa has the second highest data contract prices among seven countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, Kenya and Australia, as Fin24 previously reported.

Picketing took place outside Cell C’s head office in Sandton, MTN’s head office in Randburg, Vodacom in Midrand and Telkom in Centurion.

Among some of the demands read out by the organisation’s provincial organiser in Gauteng, Ntombi Tshabalala, was that data bundles should never expire, free SMSes for all users, that communication regulatory board Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) regulate the cost of airtime, and a free basic amount of airtime to all citizens.

In August, Icasa published draft regulations stating new time bars on data expiration. Interested parties have been given until September 19 to comment.

Tshabalala also complained about contract customers paying less for data than those on prepaid accounts. She said they were also demanding better quality of service in terms of drop call rates and networks.

“It’s challenging for citizens, because we prefer buying data or airtime, for that matter, instead of buying bread,” she said, adding that communication should be cheaper, as the poor were most affected, and that telecommunications companies were making large profits.

“It is outrageous that, in a country where so many struggle to put bread on the table, the telecoms companies are given free rein to rip us off,” said Right2Know in a statement.

Price transformation strategy

Speaking on behalf of Vodacom outside its head office in Midrand, CEO Shameel Joosub and Managing Executive of Public Policy Themba Kinana told a handful of picketers that they were co-operating with Icasa, and were continuing to put measures in place to reduce the cost of data.

Voice and data costs had been reduced by 42% and 44% respectively, he said. Vodacom had the lowest drop call rates and the widest coverage range in South Africa, Joosub said, in response to Tshabalala’s demands.

Kinana said that the fight against data costs had gained momentum, and that more needed to be done. Vodacom had embarked on a price transformation strategy, he said.

“Over the past few years, Vodacom has invested R26bn in the infrastructure and new technologies. We do this so our customers enjoy the widest range in terms of 2, 3 and 4g coverage and vastly increased data speed,” he said.

The picket took place because the R2K said that their demands had not been met since 2013, when they initially made the demands to network providers.

Picketers blocked the entrance to the offices, singing struggle songs and brandishing placards

Source: News24

South Africa: Digital Programme Empowers Business Owner

A digital training programme has sparked the imagination of small business owner, Ritha Katise, to expand her small enterprise.

Speaking to SAnews about the Digital Skills for Africans programme which she attended at the Thusong Centre in Colesberg, Northern Cape, Katise said: “I want to convert my house into a bed and breakfast. I will advertise this business online.”

Katise currently hires out equipment for children’s parties and offers catering and décor services.

“I learned that I can also conduct my business online and this will help me to reach a larger audience. I also learned about the information that should be available on a website which will make customers want to use my services.

“Young people who are unemployed can also benefit from having digital skills as they can start their own businesses, offering services to create websites. Colesberg is a small town and young people must use the opportunity to start their own businesses if they have the skills,” she said.

The workshop on digital training was facilitated by digital training provider Digititan. The programme is sponsored by Google.

Managing Director of Digititan Dennies Memela said the training was recently offered to about 80 people who have small businesses and young people who are unemployed.

“We are using this opportunity to expose people to skills which are vital. We want to use this as a platform to make people aware that if you are not digitally literate in this day and age you are not going to succeed, whether you are a business person or a young person looking for a job,” Memela said.

On Monday the annual Thusong Service Week was launched in Colesberg. The programme is aimed at redressing the imbalances of the past by taking services closer to where people live, bringing hope, access, redress, equality and empowerment to those previously marginalised from the mainstream of socio-economic development.

The focus for the 2017 Thusong Service Week will be on job opportunities in the economic cluster and small development.

To date, there are 197 Thusong Service Centres countrywide. Out of the 197, there are 138 which are operational and functional according to the requirements of the Thusong Business plan.

Acting Executive Mayor of Pixley ka Seme Councillor Nombulelo Hermans said the centres have made life easier for the people of Colesberg.

“In the Colesberg area, before we had the Thusong Centre, to get a birth certificate one had to drive 140 kilometres. When there were deaths within families there were serious problems,” Councillor Hermans said.

She said now because of the Thusong Centre young people can access business opportunities, government services, including those from the Department of Labour, South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa), and Department Home Affairs, the Adult Basic Education and Training centre as well as a telecentre which operates as an internet café.

The centre also houses small businesses such as a beauty salon, catering services and textile products.

Digititan Executive Director Norman Hlakudi said the partnership with the Thusong Centre will help close the digital gap.

The beneficiaries of the digital training now have the ability to offer training as they are now certified trainers which means that they already have jobs.

“We partnered with the Thusong Centre because we want to take digital training to the people,” Hlakudi said.

Namibia: E-Waste a Nuisance in Africa – Environmental Expert

By Albertina Nakale

Pretoria — An environmental expert says electronic waste has become a nuisance in Africa, and points at the overwhelming number of second-hand and refurbished electronic products dumped in African markets as a reason for concern.

It is estimated that in Namibia the Windhoek area alone produces approximately 300 tons of electronic waste every year, while the national electronic waste amounts to between 1,500 and 2,000 tons per annum. Electronic waste, or e-waste, is described as discarded electrical or electronic devices.

The environmental expert James Mulolo, who is the Africa Institute project coordinator, spoke to New Era on the sidelines of a workshop on improving chemicals management in English-speaking African countries last Friday in Pretoria, South Africa.

According to United Nations statistics, the global community produces a total of 50 million tons of electronic and electrical waste every year – if filled into trucks it would reach halfway around the globe.

Africa Institute is an environmentally sound management organization dealing with hazardous wastes and development of national plans or policy on various hazardous waste streams, including the disposal and storage of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste.

It aims to strengthen the capacity of its members in implementing the conventions on chemicals as waste clusters by mobilising different academic and research institutions located in member states.

Countries served are Angola, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

“E-waste is a challenge. There are new phones every year and you must get rid of them but you don’t know how to get rid of them. There are various precious metals in the phones that people who want to do smelting would want to extract – gold, palladium and all these rare metals. So, what they do is burn these products and in the process, they produce dangerous fumes called dioxanes. And this is where the problem is,” Mulolo said.

Many countries still handle broken electronic equipment as waste only, while others process it to the benefit of the environment and economy, proactively managing its volumes of e-waste.

He said since e-waste is a challenge, African countries should think of re-cycling such waste. He suggests that countries could restrict the importation of second-hand electronic equipment by specifying that products that are, for instance, five years old and above will not be allowed into the country.

This, he says, will help avoid electronic products being dumped on the continent that will only work for a short time and then be discarded into the environment.

Another intervention he mentioned is that manufacturers or companies selling these products could be encouraged to have a take-back policy whereby people return unwanted products to avoid dumping once they no longer need them.

“If you have a laptop or a phone and you want a new one, then you take back and get a discount when you buy a new one. That way you encourage consumers and those things can be given to re-cycling companies that can make money out of them. Those are some of the ideas that are available on the market. These things are done in Europe and several other African countries and they are working.”

Mulolo said caring for the environment is about things that don’t get headlines in the media, of course unless it’s a disaster.

Therefore, he called on the media to continue voicing their concerns regarding the environment.

Transworld Cargo, a Namibian company, has decided to complement its expertise and logistical facilities by introducing e-waste recycling in Namibia.

Zambia: Startimes Decoders Safe – Chanda

By James Kunda

TopStar Communications Company Limited has assured consumers of its flagship product, the StarTimes decoder, is of valuable quality and durability.

TopStar is a joint venture created by the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and the StarTimes Group of China, having been assigned the Zambian Government as authorized body to spearhead digital television broadcasting in the country.

TopStar public relations and marketing manager Mwazi Chanda said the firm was still harmonising operations ahead of the October 1, this year switch from analogue to digital broadcasting for areas along the line of rail.

Ms Chanda said in an interview yesterday that this was the reason subscribers in some locations were experiencing challenges accessing quality picture and sound.

“In recent days, transmission to some customers has been affected due to on-going technical works but we can assure our customers but all will be well come the October 1, deadline,” Ms Chanda said.

She said the firm did not have rights to broadcast certain content such as the Zambian and English premier soccer leagues and such consumers should not feel ‘robbed’ as the StarTimes package still had channels as lucrative as those on other digital television platforms.

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Kampamba Mulenga has assured the public of quality content on the StarTimes bouquets.

Ms Mulenga, who is also Chief Government spokesperson, said in a separate interview yesterday that the firm would address the concerns raised by consumers before next month’s deadline.

“Indeed the consumer complaints are genuine and StarTimes is working round the clock to ensure that subscribers get back value for money,” Ms Mulenga said.

She said the country’s migration from analogue to digital migration was a requirement by law, by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and StarTimes subscribers were assured of timely and quality service delivery.

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