Another Look At Tanzania’s Digital Migration

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Damilare Afuwape
Tanzania’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. Fenella Mukangara
Tanzania has generated plenty of buzz in the African television industry-and rightly so. For starting its digital migration process in December 2012 and completing it on 30 April 2015, the East African country succeeded where other countries, including Nigeria, failed.
Back in 2006, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN’s leading agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), set 2015 as the deadline for member countries to switchover from analogue television broadcast to the digital platform.
That deadline expired on 17 June, unmet by many African countries.
Tanzania, however, succeeded.
Digitisation, the latest direction in broadcasting, entails the digitalisation of signal source, broadcasting system, transmission and terminal products.
Among its benefits are the freeing up more communication spectrum space for other uses, considerably better audio-visual quality and creation of job opportunities arising from the vast spectrum space yielded.
Tanzania, with some justification, should be jubilant over its success.
In Beijing, China, venue of the 5th edition of the annual StarTimes-organised African Digital TV Development Seminar, Pang XinXing, President of StarTimes, Tanzania’s digital Migration partners, basked in the euphoria of Tanzania’s success and recommended its model to Nigeria. “Nigeria can leverage on the support that StarTimes provides for Africa. StarTimes is aimed at ensuring that every household in Nigeria can access digital TV, afford digital TV, watch digital TV and enjoy digital TV,” he said.
Tanzania’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr. Fenella Mukangara, also gushed. “We merged with StarTimes so it was very possible to have a company which was dedicated specifically for that purpose and funding obtained through StarTimes and they managed to sort everything out. Otherwise, it was not a very easy task,” she said.
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Source:: PM Newspaper