Malawi spends USD 8.95 mn for DTT implementation

The Malawi Government is reportedly spending MWK 3.5 billion (USD 8.95 million) for the conversion of its terrestrial television network to digital transmission ahead of global migration deadline of June 17, 2015.

“The government policy is to ensure that migration from analogue to digital benefits the people and leads to more services and broader coverage,” said Dennis Chirwa, digital migration coordinator.

The country had successfully switched on DVB-T2 on December 31, 2013 to meet South African Development Community (SADC)’s deadline, but the signal was later turned off as television broadcasters failed to subscribe for operational signals. In March 2014, the government invited potential suppliers to submit bids for the supply and delivery of digital TV set top boxes.