Tanzania’s DTT: No Turning Back to Analogue - Minister

Regulation & Policy

Government said that it will not reverse the decision of migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting. "We are not going back to analogue.

It is too costly and outdated," the Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa, told the National Assembly yesterday. The minister was presenting a statement in response to the Kasulu Urban MP, Moses Machali, who had earlier this week suggested that government switch back to analogue broadcasting.

The Kasulu MP said many Tanzanians are poor and cannot afford decoders. The minister strongly defended the digital broadcasting, saying TV signals were clearer and the sets could be used for many purposes.

He said in digital broadcasting TV sets could receive signals for up to 120 channels, as opposed to analogue system. "Going back to analogue will be more costly as in the next few years analogue TVs would have been phased out and the cost of maintenance will be much higher," the minister said.

The minister said there are about 600,000 TV sets in Dar es Salaam and up to April, approximately 250,000 decoders were sold.