Sentech, the state-owned company that carries radio and television signals for South Africa’s terrestrial broadcasters, is likely to miss its first looming deadline for switching from analogue to digital.
Sentech spokesperson, Polly Modiko, points out that by the end of the financial year, Sentech will only achieve population coverage of 40 percent - 12 percent less than it promised Parliament last year.
Switching from analogue to digital is a Fifa requirement for hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The new technology compresses the signal, which allows eight digital channels to be broadcast in the same frequency space used by one analogue channel.
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