After missing the 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union for all countries to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting, government in South Africa is accelerating its DTT awareness campaign in the country. The Department of Communication(DOC) in partnership with its stakeholders handed out STBs to residents of various towns in Limpopo.

According to the DOC, the current average monthly registrations for STBs processed by the post office in Limpopo for the period 1 to 31 March is 5550. The department has projected 585 840 households qualify for STBs in that province.

The new communication minister, Ayanda Dlodlo that the primary objective of digital migration is to clear the radio frequency spectrum currently occupied by broadcasters, and thus facilitate the provision of wireless mobile broadband services and other innovative applications that benefit communities.

“The television viewing experience of qualifying households will also never be the same again, once the government-subsidised STBs have been installed. They will be able to enjoy improved picture and sound quality,” she added.

To recall, government in South Africa has committed to giving out five million subsidized STBs to poor TV-owning households.

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