Applications for government-funded set-top boxes for the switch to digital terrestrial television broadcasting are setting off on a slow pace with just more than 6 500 received in the Free State.
This followed after the national Department of Communication identified the Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, and North West as were priorities for the digital migration process.
Communication Minister Faith Muthambi, said in an answer to a written question in parliament that just over 24500 applications for the set-top boxes were received nationally by the end of June.
The most applications, 14 500 were received from Northern Cape residents.
The number of applications received in North West is not known, while the smallest were number of applicants, 508 were registered in Mpumalanga.
The department plans to provide approximately 5 million of these boxes to poor households across the country.
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