Zimbabwe expands digital transmitter network to boost TV migration

Zimbabwe has begun installing 48 digital transmitters to accelerate broadcasting services in the country. The digital migration drive is expected to improve TV as well as internet access.

George Charamba, Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services recently said that about half of the 48 transmitters will be installed in new territories.

“The 24 new digital transformers will be shipped into the country in batches of six while work on the 24 existing transmitters that will undergo some fine-tuning and slight changes will be continuing,” he said, according to Harare24.

Equipment for the 24 new broadcasting digital transformers is being provided by Huawei, the China-based ICT vendor.

“We expect to start testing the digital transmitters by October, our target to have completed most of the works that are sensitive to the weather before the onset of the rainy season. There are some activities that are going on in the studio right now and work on the head end system is almost complete,” he added, Harare24 reports.

In related news, Huawei is also supplying 400,000 set-top boxes to Zimbabwe. According to Dataxis Intelligence service, the country had 149,200 pay-TV subscribers at the end of March, 2015. The number is expected to rise to 341,260 subscribers at the end of 2016. The market is ruled by a couple of pay-DTH providers namely DSTV and MyTV.