Zambia “on track” for digital TV

Zambian government officials say the country is on track to switch to all-digital TV transmission.

Zambia’s Minister of Information & Broadcasting Services, Kampamba Mulenga said progress towards digital TV migration is on schedule.

Phase 1 of migration from analogue TV has been completed, and the initial switch will be implemented on 1 October in the nation’s major cities, Mulenga told a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers’ Meeting on Communication and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in South Africa.

Zambia, the minister said, is Africa’s first country to have successfully acquired over 500,000 decoders in readiness for the switch. The government has assigned TopStar, a joint venture agreement between state broadcaster the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation and Chinese satellite television provider StarTimes, which has cut the prices of its decoders by half to enable more people to acquire the devices.

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