The government will completely switch off analogue transmission by
The country has now set fresh deadline ahead of the
"Initially, the scarcity of digital TV converters had hampered the migration process but with the commitment shown by the authorised vendors of STBs with regard to importation and shipping, we have decided to permanently switch over to digital broadcasting by the end of July," said Regis Gatarayiha, Rura director-general.
He was speaking yesterday at a meeting, at town hall in
The forum, dubbed "Digital migration roadmap and analogue switch off in
The meeting brought together government officials, media, ICT enthusiasts, including authorised vendors of digital broadcasting converters such as
Gatarayiha said the switch-off date will be preceded by intensive awareness campaign on radio, TV talk shows and social media to inform the public the benefits of digital TV broadcasting system and sensitise them to buy decoders.
"We can estimate that the number of STBs required for analogue switch-off to be around 80,000 because the 2011 survey made by the
"Since many TV owners in
According to Rura, about 21,000 decoders have been shipped into the country and are already with authorised distributors.
The Rura chief said the switch off of analogue transmitters will be done progressively in several areas across the country until July when it will be completely switched off across the country.
Juma Jafar Bagonza, the business development director at
He said they have started setting up STBs distribution centres across the country and already had one in
"We have centres across the country where people can find the decoders besides our Kimihurura offices," he said.
A decoder from Tele10 TV costs Rwf28,500,
"We have seven free-to-air TV channels that are currently broadcast by RBA. People should buy STBs to access these channels," said
He said the digital broadcasting network of RBA presently covers about 95 per cent of the country.
RBA digital broadcasting hosts several channels, including TV5,
Gatarayiha said those buying
"Regulations governing digital broadcasting have been established and technical specifications for STBs published to allow importers and vendors know the right decoders," he said.
However, he said eight broadcasters such as Contact TV, Lemigo TV, Light House TV, Super TV,
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