Benin Close To Completion Of Digital Switchover
According to the country’s authorities, 28 of the 29 sites that were planned for the switchover are now digital and operational. The migration to digital terrestrial television currently covers more than 80% of the territory thanks to equipment provided by StarTimes, the technical collaborator of the Beninese authorities.
Officially, 14 out of the 15 channels already selected to be shown on the platform are tested on 150 StarTimes trial decoders. As per the set requirements, the platform can accommodate up to 18 channels.
However, the missing component at the current stage of the migration process is the creation of the Beninese broadcasting company, the rollout of the communication campaign regarding the switchover to digital TV and also the distribution of decoders.
Earlier this year Benin’s government also announced that it had contracted the Satellite operator SES to deliver 15 free-to-air channels to viewers in the West African country.
As part of the deal, some of the channels scheduled to be provided by SES are said to be the first ever HD channels to be available through digital-terrestrial TV across Africa
The Chairman of the DTT Steering Committee of the Presidency of the Republic of Benin, Darius Quenum at the time said that the ground-breaking deal with SES was an essential milestone as Benin moves closer to its deadline for the analogue switch-off.
Credit: This article originated from www.nextvafrica.com