June 2015 was supposed to be the deadline for the digital migration in Africa set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), however the vast majority of African countries missed it. Even the most advanced such as Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia did not switch from analogue to digital.
The reasons stated are still the same, lack of funding and of political will. The 2015 deadline has been replaced with June 2017 and if not respected consequences of economic nature will fall on the countries.
StarTimes Group CEO Pan Xinxing has declared that African Digital TV is on its way and cooperation was now possible between the different actors. Vice Minister of China State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television, Tong Gang, said: “The cooperation between Chinese and African media is in accordance with the Chinese advocacy of One Belt and One Road. China is willing to deeper cooperation in the field of media development, promoting the digital migration in Africa.”