South Africa Is Ready To Implement Digital Radio Transmission - Communications Minister
South Africa's Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced to all broadcast media stakeholders that she will issue a policy directive to the country's media regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), in the next few weeks to hasten the development of a licensing framework for digital radio broadcasting technologies.
Within the past few months, Sentech, the State-owned broadcasting signal distributor and other players in South Africa's broadcasting sector have successfully executed both Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), an alternative to medium-wave and shortwave transmissions and digital audio broadcasting (DAB+), a digital alternative to analogue FM broadcasts.
According to Mokonyane: “Based on the report from the trials that were carried out successfully, we firmly believe that the South African broadcasting market is viable enough for the introduction of digital radio.
This transition is essential due to the congestion of the FM frequencies in regional locations like Gauteng. Enforcing transition to digital broadcasting will bring about increase in diversity and growth in the industry.”