Malawi extends digital TV migration deadline

Malawi has extended the deadline for digital terrestrial TV migration to 30, September. The country was to switch off analogue TV signals in June.

According to Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa., the govern,ent wants to give enough time to broadcasting station to shift to the new standards. Malawi is one of the several African nations to have missed the 17 June, 2015 deadline for DTT migration. The date was set by International Telecommunications Union or ITU.

“We have considered them by giving another chance to do their work but to those stations which are ready can switch to digital now,” said Kondwani Nankhumwa, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, according to StarAfrica.

The ITU had said in 2006 that it would no longer protect analogue television broadcasting, meaning that these signals are vulnerable to interference after the migration deadline.