Advanced Television

Brazil pushes for Africa to take ISDB-T

July 1, 2011

By Chris Forrester

A Brazilian trade delegation is about to visit a number of African countries, and to try and persuade broadcasting authorities to take its hybrid ISDB-T digital television transmission system.

Angola and Botswana are firmly on the schedule, and Namibia, Zambia and the Congo are included on the wish list.

According to Brazilian sources, the delegation has been formally invited by Botswana. Angola is already leaning towards the Brazilian version of the Japanese technology.

Brazil had high hopes that South Africa would have taken the system, but South Africa decided at the end of last year to back the European DVB-T system, and South Africa is now firmly behind a common approach to TV broadcasting from the 14-member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – and both Botswana and Angola belong to SADC.

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