The government in June last year launched its first phase of the digital migration, which covered major cities while the second and third phases will cover the rest of the southern African nation.

digitalMinister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili said the loan, to be acquired from the Export-Import Bank of China, will be used to purchase decoders and transmission equipment to be installed in the remaining parts of the country, reported state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.

The government, he said, intends to buy over one million decoders through Star Times, a Chinese firm contracted to install digital migration technology, which will later be given to the public on credit.

In 2006, Zambia joined more than other 100 countries in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that agreed to stop transmission of television signals in analogue format and move to new internationally accepted digital standards.

The government had set December 2015 as the deadline for the entire country to migrate from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

Kambwili attributed the delay to purchase the decoders to technical specifications by the country’s information and technology regulator, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA).

He said the government will soon amend the law to allow the procurement of modern decoders in view of the technical challenges. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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