Digital Migration ready for implementation

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SELLWANE KHAKHAU

The long awaited Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) project may finally be ready for implementation in the next few weeks. This is according to spokesperson for national communication department, Mish Molakeng.

The project, which started 7 years ago, aims to switch the country’s broadcasting television system from analogue to digital format.

A status report giving an update on the project’s state of readiness was also presented to portfolio committees on Communications and Telecommunications and Postal Services in parliament this morning.

“In the next coming weeks we’ll start to see a massive campaign. We’ll also start seeing installation in some of the key areas, particularly those that are on the borderline as well as those ones that are in the Northern Cape,” he said.

Malokeng added that a budget of over R2-billion has been set aside for the first stages of the implementation phase.

“R2.4 billion has been set aside for the first phase of the project, which is to purchase five million set top boxes for needy households. After that, we will start with the installation process,” he explained.

Households that sustain on less that R3 200 a month will be provided with free the set top boxes, while everyone else will purchase one for R500.

Failure to switch to the system will result in losing connection to television signal. The official switch off date is yet to be announced.

sellwane@centralmediagroup.co.za