Zimbabwe inches towards digital TV migration

Zimbabwe has completed installation of satellite uplink dish at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) studios. Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Acting Minister Prisca Mupfumira attended the event.

With the satellite uplink launch, Zimbabwe has taken another crucial step towards digital TV migration. The country is among the 50 African nations to have missed the analogue TV signals switch-off deadline of 17 June, 2015.

“As part of the implementation of this project, we have just witnessed the hoisting of the satellite uplink dish for the satellite uplink terminal which will be used for the distribution of radio and television programmes from the studios, through the National Head-end to the radio and digital television transmission network and on to our receiver sets,” said Minister Mupfumira, according to AllAfrica.com.

According to Mupfumira, the satellite uplink terminal was adopted due to absence of optical fibre connectivity to transmitting sites. Around seven of the 48 transmitter sites are connected via optical fibres.

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.

In related news, Zimbabwe has begun importing set-top boxes as well as expanding transmitter network to boost digital TV migration.