Regulation & Policy- In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will receive N$411 million to finance the country's migration from analogue to digital broadcasting from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT). In view of this, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda, called on representatives of SADC broadcasters to come up with recommendations to make sure that all countries in the region meet the migration deadline. Progressive recommendations will scale up the SADC region's preparations to meet the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) migration deadline and to successfully implement the switchover. (Source : New Era)

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has given the go-ahead to Sentech, the state-owned company responsible for building the country's digital television broadcasting network, to run a pilot this year of a new technology "profile", called DVB-T2-Lite, for delivering TV broadcasts to mobile devices. South Africa currently has only one commercial mobile television broadcaster, MultiChoice, whose DStv Mobile service uses a technology called DVB-H. Another pilot, led by Mothobi Mutloatse's Mobile TV consortium, is being conducted using yet another standard, Korea's DMB. (Source : TechCentral)

- Zambia's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Local Governance, Housing and Chiefs' Affairs and that of Information and Communication Technology were in Namibia during a five-day visit to engage their Namibian counterparts on issues such as migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting, and fire management and sanitation in local authorities, among other bilateral topics. Zambian Chairperson of the ICT Standing Committee, Kambinga Pande, said they visited the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Telecom Namibia and the Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) to learn more on the progress regarding migration from analogue to digital television. Full story here

- A year after its successful launch, continues to fly as the only national digital TV network in the airport environment

- Nigeria: The federal government-run National Broadcasting Commission issued a statement on 22 February 2013, saying it had revoked the license of the private station Wazobia FM in the northern city of Kano, according to news reports. The station has been off the air since. Authorities accused the station of violating a part of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code that prohibits the use of language "likely to encourage or incite crime, or lead to disorder," according to the Nigerian press freedom group Media Rights Agenda. The commission did not include specific examples of the show inciting crime or disorder. Source: