Zambia to switch off analogue signal 1st October 2017

Kampamba Mulenga, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesperson says all analogue television services along the line of rail will be switched off, effective as of October 1st 2017. The announcement was made during a press briefing held at Top Star head office in Lusaka.  

The government has put measures in place to speed up the implementation of digital migration across the country. People from Chlilambombwe to Livingstone should acquire Top Star decoders to avoid being switched off. ZICTA-Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority, has been directed to ensure that there is adherence to the analogue switch off date.

The IBA (Independence Broadcasting Authority) has also been prompted to facilitate the transition of its licences to digital broadcasting platform before the switch off. 

Leo Liao, the Top Star Chief Executive Director, said the organisation would be investing US$273m to construct the Provincial Broadcasting Stations. This, according to the CEO, is an effort to enable all parts of the country to have digital television signal. He further added that the realisation of digital migration will provide capacity for transmitting more channels and better picture quality.