Digital Migration

South Africa Digital Migration Status: New Minister Favours Set Top Box Encryption?

Reports from local press and sources close to the new Communication Minister of South Africa, Ayanda Dlodlo, are suggesting a readiness to abandon the policy of a 'non-encrypted digital set-top box' that is currently in place in South Africa.

Former Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, adopted the non-encryption policy, which has the support of MultiChoice, but opposed to by other media organisations, chiefly the eTV.

The thorny issue has since been a matter for the Courts, and this, of course, is delaying the South Africa's digital migration process.

It is unclear when Minister Dlodlo is going to make a definitive official statement on her position.

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