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Regulation & Policy

The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Musa B. Maiyaki has said that the authority expects to fully digitalize its services by June 2014 ahead of the international requirement for 2015. So far NTA has digitalized in 32 states of the federation. He said one frequency for over twenty channels over stretches the capacity resulting in freezing of transmission. The Director NTA-Star TV Network Ltd., Maxwell P. Loko said it is appropriate to work in order to drum mobile television and handset television in the StarTimes Network in the digital arena so as to celebrate the 3-year anniversary. Source: 23 Aug. 2013, This Day

Reminder – Kenya: Millions of television viewers in Nairobi are likely to be blocked from accessing television services on December 13, 2013 as government plans to switch off analogue broadcasting. Source: All Africa

The ITU confirmed start of Sept. 2013 that 47 Sub-Saharan African countries agreed on frequency coordination for digital switchover in 2015. The consolidation of national plans to implement the digital switchover in the African region is in conformity with the deadlines of June 2015 (for UHF) and June 2020 (for VHF in 33 countries) set in 2006 by ITU’s Regional Radiocommunication Conference (RRC-06), which adopted the GE06 TV Plan.