Zambia: StarTimes Plans To Execute Digital TV Initiative In Zambia
Zambia has entered into a partnership with Chinese owned StarTimes to launch a digital television project which will give 500 villages in the nation access to satellite tv services.
With plans to be completed at the end of 2018 this project is undertaken by StarTimes Group as part of its Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages initiative.
Present at the launch was the Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy, Ouyang Daobing, who said: “The launch of this satellite TV initiative is a historical move of cultural and people-to-people exchanges between both countries. It also signifies one more action plan that has been carried out of the Ten Cooperation Plans pledged in the FOCAC summit in 2015. Zambia is among the first batch of African countries to implement this project, and we remain committed to open a window for Zambians to see and understand the outside world, and promote local economic and social development through this initiative."
According to Zambian President Edgar Lungu: " this project is a significant symbol of the friendship between the people of Zambia and China. Without access to information, various stakeholders will be hindered from making informed decisions because they are not armed with information on government policies and programs. We have started this journey of transformation agenda to ensure that information is easily accessible to everyone in every part of the country.
The advantages of digital TV should be felt by all citizens irrespective of location and the Chinese government through the China Aid is ensuring that even the farthest rural communities can access information through TV, said Leo Liao, CEO of TopStar Zambia Communication Company, a joint venture between Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation and Chinese digital television service provider StarTimes.