Communications Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, reaffirmed the new digital TV deadline for South Africa. The minister reiterated her commitment to have all South Africans migrating to digital television from analogue by December 2018.
She said, “I have full appreciation of the impact that the digital migration project is set to have on the economy of this country. I therefore have no intention to delay the process.”
The international Telecommunication Union encouraged countries for the switch over to allow radio frequency spectrum to be freed up and to allow faster mobile data services. A Digital Migration Advisory Committee has been put in place by both the government and the industry players to deploy the resources required for the process to come to terms.
A meeting was held by the minister, with actors of the process which included broadcasters and mobile operators like the SABC, e.TV, MultiChoice, Cell , MTN, Vodacom, Liquid Telecom, etc. The attendees gathered ideas from the industry on how they could contribute in fast-tracking the whole process.
The minister acknowledges that increasing public education and awareness is of prime importance to ensure that people understand the process and the benefits associated with it. She said, “One of the key decisions made at that meeting is the formation of the Digital Migration Advisory Committee driven by both government and industry players. It was agreed that the committee will develop a comprehensive project plan indicating timelines and resources required.”
Minister Dlodlo has had numerous meetings with key industry players who have pledge to provide financial support to the Digital Switch over process.