In its annual highlight 2015, StarTimes revealed that nearly one million set top boxes (STBs) have been sold to citizens in Tanzania. During the Digital Migration process, the Tanzanian government provided tax relief and other incentives for importation of STBs. Currently, Tanzania enjoys about 51 digital channels, highly unattainable during the analogue period.
Tanzania’s Digital Migration Journey started in 2006 when it amended its broadcasting laws to accommodate digital broadcasting. The process then started the switch from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). A joint venture – Star Media Tanzania limited was formed in May 2009, between StarTimes and the Tanzania Public Service Broadcaster to roll out Digital Migration.
Currently Star Media Digital Television Broadcasting delivers to all former analogue serviced areas, including major commercial and capital cities of Tanzania. The government of Tanzania, through the Tanzania Communication Regulator has allowed the introduction of DTH to complement the DTT services.
Commenting on the successful Digital Migration, Tanzania’s Minister of Information Fenella Mukangara said, “We merged with StarTimes to create a company specifically for the roll out of Digital Migration. This was by no means an easy task, but through fierce determination, we managed to become digitized. I would like to thank StarTimes for their excellent work during this process.”