Podcast | South Africa has a new standard for electrical sockets and plugs. Inventor Gianfranco Campetti has been intimately involved in the process of developing what is known as SANS 164-2. He talks to TechCentral.
In 2008, the national treasury allocated an amount of R2,4bn for the purchase of set-top boxes for 5m indigent households as part of the digital migration project. This funding has, however, been rolled over each year because of the delay in rolling out the project. We have since learnt
Consumers stand to be the biggest losers during South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT). As the country races to meet an international deadline to switch off analogue TV by 2015, major decisions are being made that will raise costs for consumers and
MultiChoice’s open letter to Yunus Carrim, in which it criticised government’s policy on the use of encryption in free-to-air digital terrestrial television, was “not anti-government” and was written because the pay-TV broadcaster, which owns M-Net and DStv, has
South Africans could soon find themselves having to wrestle with a new type of electrical plug following the adoption of an apparently much safer standard for plugs and sockets. SANS 164-2 was introduced as the “preferred standard” for electrical plugs and sockets by the South
The SA Communications Forum (SACF), an industry grouping that includes the SABC and the country’s biggest telecommunications operators, plans to lobby the department of communications to include a “return path” in the subsidised set-top boxes that the country’s poorer consumers will purchase when
After years of rigorous debate, the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) has finally issued the final draft minimum standard for the set-top box decoders that will be used to receive digital terrestrial television signals in SA. The draft spec outlines a basic receiver that does not include a return path for interactivity. The draft spec, which was published