SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNICATIONS DEPT SETS UP WAR ROOM TO MANAGE MIGRATION TO DIGITAL TV

CAPE TOWN, The Communications Department has established a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) war room to implement the project to switch to digital broadcasting and meet the international deadline for the migration, says South African Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

Briefing the Parliamentary Committee on Communications at the National Assembly here Tuesday, she noted that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had set June 2019 as a deadline for countries to have implemented digital migration.

The process of migration will allow users to experience the many benefits of digital television which include, among others, clearer pictures and sound as well as more channels to choose from, she added.

The department will soon announce registration cut-off dates for households to register for set-top box decoders, which are needed to continue watching television signals when South Africa switches to digital broadcasting.

What we are worried about is to get the nation on board in this project. So we will announce a start date and an end date for registration so it can’t continue to be an open ended [process]. One of the issues we had to [address] was to put a project plan in place and also put a project office, a boardroom, we call it a war room on DTT,” she said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK