South Africa’s digital television migration project has once again come unstuck. Is it time to give up on the project altogether? By Duncan McLeod.
South Africa will complete its digital migration project by 2022 at the earliest, the acting government director-general with operational oversight of the project said in an exclusive interview with TechCentral.
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Even when South Africa has completed the switch-off of analogue television broadcasting signals as part of the long-delayed broadcasting digital migration project, the spectrum may still not be available for broadband operators.
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.