Uganda: Pay TV provider lobbies govt on full realisation of digital switch

Regulation & Policy

Players in the television industry are lobbying the government to involve them in the realisation of a successful switch from analogue to digital broadcasting before East Africa’s set deadline.

Indications suggest that Uganda might not be able to beat the December 31, 2013 ambitious deadline; however the government continues to show optimism of realising the switch before 2013.

Stephen Musoke, the chairman of MultiChoice Uganda made the appeal while signing a partnership between Dstv and Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS). The partnership will allow WBS Tv to be hosted on the Dstv service network one of the key factors in the realisation of digital migration.

Speaking to Daily Monitor early this week, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the minster of ICT, said Uganda was on course to beat the December 2013 deadline amidst challenges including lack of funds, manpower and sensitisation among others.

Musoke said the government has been slow on beating the December 2013 deadline which East Africa had set out for the full digitalisation of the region. Last year, Uganda had offered Chinese firm Huawei technologies the right to spearhead digital migration, however, the process was halted after concerns arose on how the firm was awarded the contract.

Musoke said the future of African television is in developing local content, which is educative, grooms talent and is relevant to local audiences.