Balancing Act’s Russell Southwood speaks to Jacaranda Digital Broadcasting’s CEO Richard Lutwama about attracting African TV viewers to the new technology and the investment in a Uganda-wide digital transmission network.
The digital transition is not simply a technical changeover but an opportunity to provide better broadcasting for Africa’s citizens. Russell Southwood thinks the time has come to re-examine how public broadcasting works (or perhaps more accurately, doesn’t work) in Africa.
Kigali — The Director General in the Ministry of Information, Ignatius Kabagambe, has said that the government policy of shifting from analogue to digital broadcasting is of great importance to the country.
Countries, especially in Africa, are grappling to catch up with the June 2015 deadline, but with some countries taking the lead and rising competition between service providers the process is picking up speed.
SA is poised to miss its new deadline for switching off analogue television signal, as there are too many aspects that need tackling in the next two years before the new format broadcasting can become a reality.
SADC says the realisation of the full benefits of the digital dividend spectrum can only be achieved with the active cooperation and support of SADC member states and all stakeholders, and if a common approach is adopted to spectrum planning and management.