Digital Migration: South Africa Switches Off Free State Province
The South African government has announced that the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, will be in the Free State province today to commemorate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day and switch off analogue television broadcast services in Bethlehem.
According to the Department of Communications, Bethlehem is the second last site to be switched off in the province. The Free State province has had 16 analogue transmitters switched off since March 2021. It was reported that the Northern Cape province has been switching off its analogue broadcasting services simultaneously with the Free State.
As reported by BMA’s media sources, the South African government has shared its contentment on the current momentum of switching off from the analogue transmitters. This is since the country had missed its compete for the switchover 2015 deadline.
The Minister has since praised the stakeholders involved for their input and delivery to ensure that critical targets of the digital migration project are met. During the Minister’s visit to the Free State today, she is also expected to visit SA Connect project sites.
Ndabeni-Abrahams’s visit will include testing of speed and functionality of broadband connectivity that provides internet access to learners by remotely connecting from a public library in Bethlehem to a school, Phuthaditjhaba, in QwaQwa. The two locations are 90km apart. As reported, the government’s most critical objective concerning the switching off analogue broadcasting transmitters is to free up those lines to expand broadband access for public and private use.