Is 'March 2023' When Digital Switchover (DSO) Is Finally Completed In South Africa?
According to local reporting coming out of South Africa, it seems the goal post for completing the country's migration from analogue to digital broadcasting infrastructure has been moved, yet again!
Reports have it that the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and his minister of Communications and digital technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams are now settling on March 2023 as the new target date for the completion of the nation's digital switchover (DSO) programme.
The news of a date change has come out as somewhat surprising to industry analysts because the SA's Communications and digital technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has consistently stated that the country will be fully migrated by the end of 2021.
South Africa's DSO was initially supposed to be completed by November 2010, but then moved to June 2015, and now, at the rate of progress, it will take a number of additional years before the African nation can achieve the ITU's digitisation mandate.
According to Advanced Television online reports, it seems that the new DSO deadline will bring in line the licensing of 5G telephony services in South Africa.
Credit: contribution from advanced-television.com