South Africa: Digital Migration: too little, too late

South Africa will miss a vital deadline to migrate to digital broadcasting. (Getty)
South Africa will miss a vital deadline to migrate to digital broadcasting. (Getty)

Kenya is in the progress of migrating to the digital signal platform. It is reported that South Africa has failed to migrate to digital broadcasting, now we have to live with the consequences, writes Alistair Fairweather.

On June 17 South Africa will miss a vital deadline. Unlike dozens of other countries (many of them African) we have failed to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. Now we will have to live with the consequences.

This deadline might sound like technical mumbo-jumbo but it will affect every South African who watches free-to-air television – in other words the vast majority of our population. In the worst case scenario – a version of which is currently playing out in Kenya – we will be forced to stop broadcasting in analogue and millions of television sets will simply stop working.

While it’s unlikely to come to that, we cannot afford to dawdle any longer. In 2006 we agreed, along with more than 100 other countries in the International Telecoms Union (ITU), to stop broadcasting television signals in analogue format, and move to one of the new digital standards.  Read more

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