The regulator in Uganda to switch off analogue signal by April

Regulation & Policy

The communications industry regulator will switch of analogue by end of April following the gradual migration and installation of digital equipment across the country. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) sais that gradually, the concept of digital migration has been embraced by both operators and users.

“An assessment of its stability is going to be done soon, the availability of set top boxes (decoders) is no longer a challenge because more people have joined the business,” said Fred Otunnu, UCC’s director for communications.
“The signal is on, whoever has STB can receive,” noted Otunnu.

With a set top box, a user is able to receive between 12 and 24 channels among them UBC, STAR TV, UBC 24, UBC Magic 1, Bukedde 1, NTV, NBS, WBS, LTV, Miracle, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, CITIZEN, EATV, CAPITAL, TOP TV, Record TV and Urban TV among others. Otunnu said 17 sites had been installed outside greater Kampala including Gulu, Arua. Two of the sites were yet to be completed while 15 were up and running outside Kampala.

Currently the digital and analogue are running concurrently. Otunnu explained that the decision to have both platforms working was not to cause any disruptions during elections. Digital migration will bring about more efficient use of available radio spectrum. On the other hand, digital migration will free up more radio spectrum space for broadcasting and the associated benefits to the broadcasting sector like provision of more services, better quality picture and sound.
Source: Talk Media Africa 24 February 2016