Tunga TV Digital migration initiative launched in Rwanda

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The Ministry for Youth and ICT (MYICT) in Rwanda has launched the Tunga TV digital migration initiative in Gisagara District in Southern Province which aims to drive Rwanda go digital (the migration from analogue to digital), facilitate the public to acquire affordable TV sets, Set Top Boxes (STB’s) and other devices promoting access to information services.

The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana revealed this during a press conference where  he recommended Rwandans to embrace technology.
“We have a partnership with the private sector especially TV sets dealers and banks we want to see how they can help Rwandans to get TV sets in paying them installments, this will increase the number of TV owners,” said Minister Nsengimana.

Community TV viewing Centers will be available in different places across Rwanda where local residents will be able to watch TV easily, said Willy Rukundo, DG of ORINFOR. Regis Gatarayiha, DG of RURA said that “Set Top Boxes (STB’s) will be available to help Rwandans access digital TV signal everywhere in Rwanda.”

This comes following the decision made at ITU Regional Radio communication Conference of 2006 in Geneva (RRC-06) requiring countries to migrate from analogue to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting technologies by 17th June 2015, The Government of Rwanda would like to announce that digital TV broadcasting network is currently up and running with an estimate coverage of 95% of the entire country.

Regulations governing digital terrestrial television have been established and technical specifications for STBs have been published to allow importers and vendors of equipment to avail them on the Rwandan market.  In order to ensure protection of consumer, all imported model of digital receiving equipment shall be submitted to RURA for type approval before they are authorized for sale on Rwanda market.

Starting from 1st March up to end of December 2013, the public broadcaster (ORINFOR) shall be broadcasting both analogue and digital signal to allow viewers with and without STB to continue receiving TV channels (dual illumination). During that period, analogue signal will be progressively switched off in accordance with the attached digital switchover plan.

To fast-track this process the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC), the Rwanda Information Agency (ORINFOR), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), together with the private sector broadcasters and other multimedia companies have come together to support a national initiative under the name “Tunga TV”.