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ITU gets tough with Africa over DSO

March 3, 2015

By Chris Forrester

africaStories have been circulating for some weeks that “up to 40 African nations” have been given exemptions from the June 17th absolute switch-over from analogue TV broadcasting to digital.

‘Not so” states the ITU bluntly, and warns that any nation which has not switched off its analogue TV by mid-June risks their international protection rights to non-interference by adjacent nations.

The “exemption” claim was made in a Kenyan court-room last month by litigants seeking to extend their analogue transmissions for a period.

The ITU explains it has worked patiently with 47 African nations over a period of years to prepare for the mid-June date and in the planning and coordination needed to free up the 700 and 800 MHz bands (usually used for analogue TV).

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