The Department of Communications has accused free-to-air channel, etv, and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for holding up South Africa's migration to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).
Communications Minister, Dina Pule, points out that, "The SABC and etv have yet to advise us on the set-top-box control system... this has resulted in the current delays we are facing."
Pule says a recent court judgment indicated that the broadcasters have to decide on the control vendors for the set-top-boxes, which are necessary to convert the DTT signal for many television sets.
To read the article titled, “Pule: etv, SABC holding up digital migration,” click here.Source:Channel24
Communications Minister, Dina Pule, says the launch of digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) will create an opportunity for the local content industry to flourish.
Pule says that the government, “We expect that this sector will create various job opportunities and stimulate economic development."
Speaking at the annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum in Johannesburg, she added that signal distributor, Sentech, worked hard to have over 80 percent DTT coverage by March 2013.
South Africa is expected to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting by December.
To read the article titled, “Digital transmission 'to create jobs' - Pule,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv is accusing communications Minister, Dina Pule, of misrepresenting the nature of the court ruling and implying that the free-to-air broadcasters are responsible for the delays in the migration to digital broadcasting from the aging analogue network.
The channel states that several solutions it proposed both during and after the litigation (including at this week’s meetings) which would allay many of the ministry’s concerns have not been taken into account by the ministry.
It further notes that the ministry’s statements imply that free-to-air broadcasters will be responsible for the delay in issuing the set top box tender.
To read the article titled, “Broadcaster e.tv riled by communications minister,” click here.Source:Business Day Live
The Cape Town TV community station says it has lost over 600 000 viewers because its frequency was changed to accommodate digital terrestrial television trials.
Station manager, Karen Thorne, says the free-to-air channel was relocated from channel 38 to channel 67 in March this year by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.
"What we discovered is that because channel 67 is in the upper reaches of the Ultra High Frequency spectrum, CTV's signal is now much harder to pick up because the higher the frequency, the more the signal degrades over distance," she explains.
To read the article titled, “Cape Town TV bemoans digital switch,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, says government is set to meet its 2013 deadline for digital migration, in line with the Amended Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy.
In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Pule says the department is working with organisations such as the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Sentech for the soft launch of digital terrestrial television in the Northern Cape.
She believes that the soft launch will offer valuable lessons in preparation for the full commercial launch.
Meanwhile, Sentech is expected to have achieved 80 percent digital terrestrial television by the end of December 2013.
To read the article titled, “Govt will meet digital migration deadline: Pule,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will hold public hearings on the revised draft Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) regulations.
ICASA states that the hearings are part of a process which will result in South Africa switching from an analogue to a digital broadcast signal.
The public hearings will be held from 21-23 August 2012 from 8h30 at the ICASA offices in Sandton, Johannesburg.
To read the article titled, “ICASA to hold public hearings on DTT,” click here.Source:The Citizen
National policy seems to be at a standstill in the Department of Communications, with little information coming from the minister’s office.
Communications Minister, Dina Pule, has yet to announce the manufacturer of the subsidised set-top boxes necessary for the migration, and explain how the project will be implemented.
World Wide Worx managing director, Arthur Goldstuck, points out that, "Every month that spectrum allocation is delayed is another month of lost opportunity for rolling out new technologies, consumer and business options, and experimentation with what the technologies make possible.
In the same vein, Avhasei Mukhoma, chairperson of Mukhoma Attorneys, says that, "The industry needs to know from the ministry what is going on, to proceed. The biggest challenge is with set-top box manufacturers and the delay is not good. "
To read the article titled, “Communications minister mum on digital migration,” click here.Source:Business Day
The Department of Communications says that the 100 percent migration to broadband by 2020 will create one million jobs.
Communications Minister, Dina Pule's projections came at the time when Statistics South Africa announced that unemployment rose to 25.2 percent in the first quarter from 23.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.
Apart from the 23 500 jobs expected from the manufacture of set-top boxes in the 2012-13 fiscal year, Pule provided no detail on how these one million jobs will be created.
To read the article titled, “Broadband migration ‘will create 1-million jobs’,” click here.Source:Business Day
The Department of Communications has assured Parliament that the switch to digital television broadcasting is on track.
Communications Minister, Dina Pule, pointed out that the department is on course on the digital terrestrial television (DTT), adding that ‘substantial progress’ had been made during the past financial year towards implementation of the broadcasting digital migration policy.
Pule further stated that the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Sentech, and the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa will play a key role in helping the department to deliver digital broadcasting to the country.
To read the article titled, “Digital broadcasting on track: Minister,” click here.Source:News24
The Department of Communications says that it is all systems go for rolling out the digital migration programme, however, R2.5 billion funds will be needed.
Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, says that government will subsidise about five million poor households to receive digital signals.
Pule, who is optimistic that the digital migration project will be launched in the third quarter of 2012, adds that the South African Broadcasting Corporation will play a major role and that one million jobs will be created.
To read the article titled, “All systems go for digital migration: Pule,” click here.Source:SABC News