State-owned companies Sentech and Broadband Infraco will be merged to create a new state infrastructure company, communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Thursday.
In a potentially serious blow to state-owned broadcasting signal distributor Sentech, the SABC has said it wants to make much more extensive use of direct-to-home satellite technology for digital broadcasting.
A process called “digital restacking” could take up to two years to complete, delaying the allocation of prime radio frequency spectrum to telecommunications operators to 2022.
Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane said government has set July 2020 as the firm and final deadline by which time analogue terrestrial television broadcasts must be switched off.
Government will give vouchers to indigent households to buy set-top boxes from commercial providers rather than continuing with a plan to run the project itself.
Following the successful trials in South Africa of digital radio broadcasting technologies, communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Monday that she will issue a policy directive to the regulator, Icasa