South Africa: Allied and Ellies partner for digital migration
Allied Technologies Limited (Altech), through its subsidiary, Altech UEC (Pty) Limited (Altech UEC) has partnered with AltX listed Ellies Holdings Limited (Ellies), to provide a full service offering for digital migration in Southern Africa.
“South Africa is leading the African digital migration. Many countries are looking to South Africa to provide support in implementing Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) in their own country’s migration plans in the future. Altech UEC and Ellies will lead the South African Government’s initiative to bridge the digital divide. The digital migration programme will benefit the broader ICT sector, and create many jobs in the industry. In addition, Altech UEC will appoint in excess of 1,000 Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME’s). Altech UEC and Ellies are leaders in their respective industries, we have a tried and tested relationship and our business models allow us to present a full service offering, nationally, across the entire spectrum of the value chain,” said Altech CEO, Craig Venter.
Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) encapsulated in the slogan ‘Go Digital’, is the process of converting television broadcasting signals from analogue to digital technology. Currently, analogue broadcasting is the means of delivery of terrestrial television in South Africa. ‘Go Digital’ will see an estimated 9 million television households in South Africa needing Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Set Top Boxes (STBs), to convert the digital terrestrial signal so that it can be displayed on analogue television sets.
“Altech UEC and Ellies have formed a partnership that will entitle Ellies to be the sole distributor of the DTT STB’s manufactured by Altech UEC. The partnership involves the distribution and installation of the STB’s, including after sales services. The alliance will simplify and greatly improve South Africa’s ‘Go Digital’ programme,” said Ellies CEO, Wayne Samson.