South Africa expected to complete DTT in 2018

18 November 2016

Technology & Convergence

By the end of the year 2018, South Africa is expected to complete the digital migration process. The news has been declared by the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, from the Department of Communications.

“I think everyone in the country can see that digital migration is no longer an impossible project to implement. Last week, we officially turned off the analogue television transmission, whereby over 3700 households in the town of Carnavon, Vanwyksvlei, Brandvlei, Vosburg and Williston were successfully migrated to the much-awaited digital platform”, said Muthambi.

On the other hand, Donald Liphoko, the acting Director General at the Government Communication and Information System, said: “As the reception of digital TV requires viewers to connect a set-top box to an existing analogue television set or to acquire a digital TV receiver, as government, we will be distributing more than four million STBs to the poorest of the poor”.

He further added that: “Digital transmission results in improved reception quality and since it uses radio frequency spectrum more efficiently, it allows more programme channels in the same frequency bands”.

Source: NexTVAfrica 9 November 2016