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Zimbabwe’s Govt To Roll Out Digital Broadcasting – BAZ

The Zimbabwean Government will begin broadcasting on the long-awaited digital TV platform despite having deployed just 18 out of an intended 48 transmitters since the process was put in place four years ago.

Speaking during the recent induction for newly placed members of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) board, the CEO of BAZ, Obert Muganyura said that despite Government failure to complete the whole process, they would be going live in Harare and Bulawayo.

The Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, who chaired the event, said that the Government had decided to outsource digital receivers that are compatible with the new system after realising that it could not fund the whole process without assistance.

Only the state broadcaster, ZBC TV will be on the platform when it is activated with hopes of adding five more stations to occupy the six channel slots that are up for grabs.

Already the national broadcaster has another channel that is broadcasting on its Android application, ZBC TV App.

The whole process started in 2015 at the instigation of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which suggested a shift from analogue broadcasting to digital, globally by 2016.

Zimbabwe, a signatory of the ITU, has failed and is now playing catch-up with the rest of the world due to its inadequate financing by the Government and total lack of investment in the industry.

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