National broadcaster in Zambia to go fully digital in 4 years

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) revealed that their service will fully migrate to digital broadcasting in the next four years. The director general, Richard Mwanza said there are still a number of things that have to be completed, including the purchasing of migration equipment.

“ZNBC remains the monopoly of broadcasting in the country with a vast viewership and listenership. I’m optimistic that the corporation will fully migrate to digital transmission in the next four years,” Mwanza added.

Zambia migrated to digital broadcasting last year in line with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) June 2015 deadline. However, the country only managed to migrate in the capital Lusaka and towns along the line of rail. The Zambian government has awarded phase 2 and 3 of the country’s digital migration project to Star Software Technologies of China at a cost of $273 million.

The Southern African country said it is funding the digital migration project as a demonstration of its commitment to ensuring that the country keeps up with the global development of digital television broadcasting technology.

To recall, last month, the Zambian government said it has borrowed $300 million from the Import Bank of China for phase 2 and 3 of the country’s digital migration project.