South Africa’s second largest mobile network operator, MTN, on Friday announced that it would drop its mobile data prices in the country by up to 50% from 15 April.
MTN’s data reductions and a possible lockdown in South Africa could lead to a surge in streaming. The move, which comes as social distancing is being encouraged due to the COVID-19 outbreak, could lead to a surge in music and video streaming.
MTN says it will reduce the price on its 1GB 30-day bundle from R149 ($8.50) to R99, representing a 33.6% cut.
“The R99 is the maximum we are going to charge per gig, that’s our ceiling,” MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa said. “But there will still be some prices lower than that. We have made significant double-digit reductions in our bundles that range from R10 to R149.”
“This will only happen from 15 April. The problem is that the logistics are a bit of a challenge now with people working from home so we’re still trying to make sure that we get everything 100%.”
On 15 March, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national state of disaster due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people and closing schools from 18 March until Easter Weekend. However, it is expected that more restrictions will be instated on Monday as the country confirmed 402 COVID-19 cases.
MTN said it would also give its customers free ‘lifeline data’ of 20MB a day through its instant messaging platform Ayoba. Ayoba has more than 500 000 users and the free data is part of the company’s agreement with the Competition Commission.
High data costs have been a subject of much debate in South Africa. In December last year, after a two-year investigation, the Competition Commission released a data cost inquiry report that ordered the two dominant mobile network operators, MTN and Vodacom, to reduce data costs. The commission said there was scope for price reductions between 30% and 50%. MTN and Vodacom control more than 70% of the SA mobile industry.
With the recent encouragement of social distancing, and a possible lockdown today, there could be a spike in Internet traffic that will strain bandwidth in South Africa.
In Europe, online services such as Apple, Amazon, Netflix and YouTube have limited streaming quality for about a month to keep usage low. No South African service providers have indicated how they plan to deal with the anticipated upsurge in online traffic.
IBM Appoints Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh As First African and First Female Regional Head for Africa
Technology giant, IBM Corporation has appointed Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh Regional Head for North, East and West Africa where she will be responsible for IBM operations in over 40 countries in Africa including Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Ghana and Tunisia.
Before her appointment, Ms. Kyerematen-Jimoh was Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President in charge of Global Markets and Sales in IBM’s corporate headquarters in New York. Ms. Kyerematen-Jimoh who was previously Country Manager for Ghana joined IBM in 2011 as Marketing Manager for the West Africa Market Segment and rose through the ranks to become the Strategy Leader for Central East and West Africa.
Prior to joining IBM Ms. Kyerematen-Jimoh worked in banking, for UBS Investment Bank & ABN AMRO in London and GT Bank Ghana.
Chris Kirubi, East Africa Business Mogul and founder of Centum Investment said “I am exceptionally proud of Angela. Her dedication and commitment to her work is unwavering. She has all our support and I know she will make this a huge success story. We welcome her back to Africa.”
Ms. Halima Aliko Dangote, Executive Director of Dangote Industries commented, “This is indeed an inspiring story for our continent to have a woman lead this very important region and we look forward to her making great strides in this role.”
Ms. Kyerematen-Jimoh’s appointment marks another first in her career: She was IBM’s first female country head and becomes the first woman and first African to be appointed Regional Head in Africa. This is a true testament to IBM’s unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.
She has been named one of Africa’s most influential women by Avance Media. Her awards include the US African Women Forum’s Global Impact Leadership Award and the prestigious African Achievers Awards for Excellence in Business. A mother of two boys, Ms. Kyerematen-Jimoh is an alumna of Harvard Business School.
By Prince Akpah
C.E.O of EventGuide Africa, Kelvin Kenneth, Appointed As Digital Marketing Manager At LesFam Company Ltd.
C. E. O of Eventguide Africa and Ghana Event Awards has achieved new success with latest being appointed as Digital Marketing Manager and Public Relations Officer at Lesfam Company Ltd – an iconic Ghanaian company that distributes various assorted products for your homes, parties and all gatherings both at wholesale and retail.
The company is one of the major distributors of Ghana made and imported foods and beverages, and other consumer goods. It has more than 5 years of experience in the distribution business as well as supermarket chains. They dominate the supermarket, traditional market, wholesalers and retailers’ markets space.
Lesfam Company Ltd is located at Ritz Junction, Madina – Adenta road Accra Ghana. You can connect with via www.lesfamcompany.com or social media pages www.facebook.com/lesfamcompany
www.instagram.com/lesfamcompany www.twitter.com/lesfamghana you can also contact them on 0302554357, 0302509590, 0501682510.
As a young and vibrant entre entrepreneur, Mr. Kenneth started his media career 2007 at Nanayaw18.Com later moved to 4syte TV 2008 which he spent most of his time to learn alot about TV, edition, photography bigups to ceo of 4syteTV Ignace Hego. 5years experience at 4syteTV.
He later Started his own business that is, Eventguide Newspaper in 2013 at the office of 2131 own by TV & Radio personality JayFoley and later then to be a magazine. That has featured a lot of top Ghanaian celebrities and personalities such as Kafui Dey, Lexis Bill, KOD, Actress Nana Akua, Kuami Eugene, Anita Erskine, Model Edem Fairre, Jon Germain, Comedian DKB just to mention few.
In 2015 had the opportunity to work AIG group German company (jumia, lamudi, carmudi, easy taxi) as head of marketing which he also acquired lots of experience in marketing both online and offline. Then later journeyed to EIB NETWORK to join the digital team for 5 years .
Out of Eventguide Magazine, he literally became the mouthpiece of event organizers and with the help of top industry stakeholders like KOD, Fred Kyei Mensah, Jesse Agyepong, Emmaline Nartey, Ezekiel Tetteh, Sammy Flex, Obed Boafo, Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo put together now one of the biggest award scheme in Ghana, Ghana Event Awards to help promote Ghanaian events and also honor their effort to top it up ,Now with Lesfam Company Ltd as Digital Marketing Manager and Public Relations Officer.
Kasapreko Launches Puma Drinks With Metro Mass Transit – [SEE PHOTOS]
GREATER ACCRA, 9th July 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Launched in Accra and in partnership with Metro Mass Transit (MMT), Africa’s leading Beverage giant, Kasapreko Company Limited has outdoor Puma Drinks, an addition to its growing range of products.
Speaking at the launch, Commercial Director of Kasapreko Company Limited, Mr. Gerald Bonsu, said that the decision to introduce Puma Drinks and as well collaborate with MMT was informed by the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected everyday way of life and doing business.
Kasapreko, in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles, has therefore secured several buses from the transport company Starting with three Regions in Ghana (Greater Accra Ashanti and Western) to convey commuters for free.
During these rides, passengers will have access to free hand sanitizers, PPEs, as well as bottles of its new Puma soft drink.
On his part, Mr. Richard Osei Bamfo, Deputy Managing Director in charge of Operations & Technical at Metro Mass Transit, commenting on the partnership described this initiative as an opportunity to refresh and protect their passengers under the Covid19 pandemic season.
He added “I really admire Kasapreko coming into the market with a new product at this time is really just contributing to options of what consumers want.”
Speaking at the groundbreaking partnership the Sales and Marketing Manager at Kasapreko for Carbonated Soft Drinks and water, Mr. Chris Addo-Sarkodie, explained that for decades, the company has consistently led the way in the beverage space particularly with an innovative range of products. Puma Drinks is a new line of products with a fantastic range and significant value-for-money pack (350ml) which will deliver competitive profit margins to stakeholders and consumption satisfaction to the Ghanaian consumer. For every Market, every occasion and Every Person this is the whole new vibe he added.
It comes in 8 unique flavors including apple, orange, tropical, energy, malt, cranberry, and pineapple and is available at major distribution points and retails outlets at 20 Cedis per pack and 1.5per per bottle. For bulk distribution, call 0262-351251.
Canon Takes On Sony’s A7 Series With The Full-frame EOS R6 Camera
Canon has unveiled the 20.1-megapixel EOS R6, the little brother to the gobsmacking 8K EOS R5 camera it unveiled at the same event today. At $2,499, the R6 is everything we hoped the EOS R would be (and more) and a much better rival to the Sony A7 III, Nikon Z6 and Panasonic S1. Canon is finally playing to its strengths (the RF mount and Dual Pixel autofocus) and like the $3,899 EOS R5, it has few weaknesses on paper.
To make things clearer, Canon is now lining up the names of its full-frame mirrorless cameras with its DSLRs, with the R5 flagship corresponding to the 5D-series DSLR flagships, and the R6 model matching its more budget-oriented 6D-series DSLRs.
The R6 appears to have a similar sensor to its Canon’s flagship 1DX Mark III DSLR, so image quality should be on par. It should offer equally good low-light capabilities, with an ISO range from 100-102,400, expandable to ISO 204,800.
It has a nice large grip and fully articulating 1.62 million dot rear display that should make it an outstanding vlogger camera. It has mode-selection dial where the LCD display sits on the R5 and, thankfully, a joystick is used in place of EOS R’s not-well-liked touchbar. It looks very similar to the R5, but weighs quite a bit less at 680 grams compared to 735 grams.
Thankfully, the R6 has in-body stabilization (IBIS) that works for both photos and video. Canon has promised up to 8 stops of stabilization, provided you’re using a compatible RF lens with it — easily beating Sony’s A7 III, the Nikon Z7 and Panasonic S1. It has a decent 3.69 million dot OLED EVF, dual UHS II card slots and the same LP-E6NH battery found on the EOS R. Canon has yet to say how many shots per charge you’ll get, but if it’s not enough, it’s offering the BG-R10 camera grip as an option.
The R6 matches the R5’s shooting prowess with burst speeds of up to 12 fps with the mechanical shutter and 20 fps using the electronic shutter. That’s supplemented by Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel autofocus (AF) system with 100 percent coverage and 1,053 AF areas, that works in all photo and video resolutions. It has face and eye detection, along with “head detection” autofocus brought over from the 1DX Mark III — helping the camera keep a subject in focus even if they turn away. Like the R5, the R6 has Canon’s all new animal detection mode.
Video is an area where the EOS R6 goes beyond what Sony can do. Like the 1DX Mark III, it can shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 120 fps. It can handle 10-bit video using Canon’s C-Log mode both internally and externally, though unlike the R5 or 1DX III, it has no RAW capability. Still, C-Log and 10-bit video will allow videographers to shoot HDR video and have plenty of options when color-correcting the footage in post.
Better yet, 4K video only cropped a little, using 93 percent of the width of the sensor, unlike the EOS R with a huge 1.7X crop. At the same time, video is demosaic-ed and then downsampled from a 5,130 x 2,886 size, which should result in very crisp video. On top of C-Log, Canon has introduced “HDR PQ” capture, letting you view footage that can be viewed directly on HDR TVs, with little color grading needed.
All that should make the EOS R5 much better for video than Sony’s A7 III (albeit it at a higher price), and on par with the similarly priced Panasonic S1. However, Canon’s Dual Pixel system should outperform the contrast detect AF found on Panasonic’s cameras.
On top of the cameras, Canon unveiled a raft of new lenses for the R5 and R6. The two weirdest and most interesting models are the RF 600 f/11 and RF 800 f/11 models, priced at $699 and $899, respectively. While that f/11 number seems crazy slow, the lenses are incredibly light at 930 grams and 1,260 grams, respectively, and the prices are very cheap for lenses that long, too. Canon also revealed the $599 RF 85mm f/2 IS STM prime model, a $2,699 RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L zoom and RF 1.4X and 2X extenders.
As for pricing, the EOS R6 will cost $2,499 without a lens, $2,899 with the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1L IS lens or $3,599 with the RF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM lens. It’s expended to ship at the end of August, 2020.
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