Digital Migration

ZNBC Turns Off Analogue Television

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation has announced that it will switch off analogue television by the 31st December 2018.

ZNBC’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Yvette Chanda, however, said that five districts would not be switched off. Chanda said that the areas that will remain on analogue are Senga Hill, Mbala, Nakonde, Manyinga and Chirundu.
Chanda made this announcement in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka.

ZNBC had already switched off analogue television along the line of rail in October 2017.
At that time Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Kampamba Mulenga had instructed the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to ensure that there would be full adherence to the rest of the analogue switch off dates.

The Minister further instructed the Independence Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to facilitate the transition of all its licences to digital broadcasting platform in preparation for the nation-wide analogue switch off.

Top Star’s Vice President, Cliff Sichone said that 90 percent of the work regarding Zambia’s digital migration had been done.
Sichone said that Zambia had so far done well with the migration process and that the country was now getting to a stage where many channels could be accommodated on a platform.

TopStar’s Chief Executive Officer Leo Liao said that the organisation would ensure that all Zambian households benefit from digital TV.

The government secured a loan of US $273 million to cover the digital migration process. Phase 1 had been the deployment of digital transmission in the urban centres along the line of rail and Phases 2 and three would be the construction of transmission sites and provincial broadcasting stations across the country.

Credit: This article originated from www.lusakatimes.com

 





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