South Africa recently embarked on a journey of moving its broadcasting services from analogue to digital, otherwise known as Broadcasting Digital Migration with the core focus being the migration, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).
This weekend, the Department of Communications launched its DTT awareness campaign in Limpopo province’s Tiyani ka Magoro village. The department rolled out set top boxes (STB) for underprivileged households in the village earning less than R3200 per month.
According to the Electronics Communications Act, frequency migration may be required in core and central astronomy advantage areas in terms of section 22(2) (c) of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act (Act No 21 of 2007). South Africa also coordinates its frequency plans with other countries to ensure that there is no interference between various countries’ broadcasting signals.
“Broadcasting Digital Migration is popularly known for the change it will have on our television services such as more channels, more content and more choice for consumers,” said Faith Muthambi during the first launch of the initiative.
Households with valid TV licences were to register and get a free government subsidised STB.