SENTECH enables digital terrestrial television
|Issued by: Sentech|
[Johannesburg, 5 January 2016]
SENTECH, the state-owned broadcasting signal distributor, has been mandated by the South African government to build and roll-out the national digital terrestrial television (DTT) network. It was subsequently appointed by licensed South African broadcasters to operate the DTT commercial network.
In partnership with other state-owned entities involved in the Broadcast Digital Migration (BDM) project, the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, deployed the first batch of government subsidised set-top boxes (STBs) in the communities of Keimoes and Kakamas, in the Northern Cape, on 17 December.
SENTECH concluded its DTT infrastructure installation process of 178 transmitter stations nationwide in February 2015 and offers direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting infrastructure as a gap filler for SKA areas and other areas along the country to ensure 100% digital television access for all South African audiences.
This state of readiness will support the phasing out of analogue signals at different phases, beginning with the Northern Cape and Free State regions. The roll-out of DTT signal will follow a phased approach, with Mpumalanga and a part of KwaZulu-Natal set to be in phase two of the government subsidised STB registration and installation process.
The migration from analogue to digital television is a major event in South Africa's history. DTT presents more opportunities for broadcasters in terms of content proliferation, more channel options for all TV audiences and an alternate revenue stream in SENTECH's broadcasting signal distribution services. "It is an honour for SENTECH to be a part of this milestone event and we remain committed to ensuring that we provide a stable and robust digital television network for South Africa's households," says SENTECH's CEO, Mlamli Booi.