The Ninth SADC Digital Migration that met in Walvis Bay in Namibia on Tuesday says it wants Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to facilitate the roll out of Digital Dividend One for the benefit of local economies within SADC. Digital Development
Digital dividend refers to the spectrum that is released in the process of digital television transition. When television broadcasters switch from analogue platforms to digital only platforms, part of the electromagnetic spectrum that has been used for broadcasting will be freed up because digital television uses less.
Over 100 members from Angola, Botswana, Kingdom of Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Kingdom of Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe as members of the Ninth SADC Digital Broadcasting Migration made a raft of recommendations at their meeting in Walvis Bay in Namibia.
Delegates at the SADC digital migration forum also recommended free to air set top boxes usually called STBs and other auxiliary equipment be assembled by communities in SADC member states to create jobs for these communities.
They also want to member states to increase capacity building on digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the SADC region and to increase consumer awareness campaigns among SADC member states.
Other proposals that emanated from the forum are that the issue of e-waste that could arise from digital migration be given “serious attention using existing national laws where possible,” and that SADC should renew top political will.
Delegates also felt SADC member states should collaborate on digital sound testing and that content exchange should be encouraged among SADC states.
It also emerged at the forum that 100 percent of SADC member states have a DTT policy, all SADC states have adopted a DTT standard and they all have enacted DTT regulations while network implementation roll-out has improved from 42 percent to 90 percent and that all SADC countries have consumer awareness campaigns regarding digital migration currently underway. Enditem

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