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FCC auction could top $100bn

The FCC’s latest spectrum auction has something of a twist, in that current holders of valuable spectrum can sell off unwanted bandwidth in the auction. Nevertheless, the FCC is expecting…

e.tv digital migration policy appeal success

South African free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has been successful its appeal against minister of communications Faith Muthambi’s digital migration policy, which the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) described as “irrational”. According…

SES switches 25m Nigerian homes to digital

Satellite operator SES has signed a multi-year agreement with Cable Channels Nigeria (CCNL) to provide a strategic, reliable and stable video platform, via SES’s prime orbital position 28.2 degrees East,…

South Africa DSO on track

South Africa DSO on track

Despite several delays and postponements in its quest to switch off analogue TV transmissions, South Africa’s senior ministerial officials now insist that digital TV implementation is close. SA’s Department of…

3.3m HD adaptors bought for French DTT switch

3.3m HD adaptors bought for French DTT switch

3.3 million HD adaptors and 1.3 million HD TV sets were bought by French viewers ahead of the DTT HD switch in the night on April 4th/5th. According to a…

Ofcom consults on 700 MHz clearance

In November 2014, UK comms regulator Ofcom decided that the 700 MHz spectrum band – which currently houses digital terrestrial television (DTT) and wireless microphones used for programme making and…

Nigeria’s 50,000 STBs to kick-start DSO

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has taken delivery of its first batch of 50,000 set-top boxes which it will use to kick-start its analogue to digital conversion process. The boxes…

GatesAir wins DSO project in Ethiopia

GatesAir (formerly Harris), a specialist in over-the-air content delivery solutions for broadcasters, has been awarded a contract to provide turnkey equipment and services associated with Ethiopia’s national digital TV network.…

Nigeria reconfirms DSO

Nigeria’s federal government has expressed its “absolute commitment” to meet a June 2017 switchover to all-digital TV broadcasting. A previous commitment to a June 2015 date was largely ignored. Nigeria’s…

India claims 90% digital converted

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) says that its Phase III cable TV analogue-to-digital conversion process is going well, and that 90.44 per cent of homes are now converted.…