DRC seeks StarTimes’ assistance to go digital

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has approached Chinese pay-TV company, StarTimes, seeking help to digitise the content of various TV stations. The exercise is an attempt to save the television industry in case the country does not meet the International Telecommunication Union’s deadline of June 2015, according to reports.

Privately-owned stations including, Télé50, RTGA and public broadcaster, RTNC, are already covered by the wings of StarTimes. DRC’s broadcasting industry is allegedly unregulated and chaotic, with more than 80 TV and radio stations and many pirate stations operating illegally.

Last month, DRC had announced its plans to officially start the country’s digital migration process. The country is over six years behind several other African countries that have already advanced in this field.