TZ to switch of analogue radio Dec 31

Tanzania switch off Analogue

Tanzania will keep the Dec. 31 deadline for switchover from analogue to digital TV broadcasting,  the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) said on Monday.

The December deadline was consented by all East African Community (EAC) countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda but some member states, notably Kenya, have already announced their intention to push back the date until they are through with general elections, citing prohibitive cost of acquiring set top boxes.

"As far as Tanzania is concerned, come December 31 midnight and the analogue TV broadcasting will be switched off," TCRA Public Relations Manager Innocent Mungy said.

"The process to effect the deadline is in the final stage. We have been doing it in phases countrywide and we expect to have our last push early next month in all the major cities," he added. He noted that the relatively low TV coverage in the country, only about 15 percent of the population and mainly in urban areas, has also made it easier for Tanzania to adhere to the EAC plan.

Only seven towns out of more than 20, which need to migrate to digital terrestrial TV, are directly covered by terrestrial analogy TV. The rest of the country either doesn't have TV coverage or people access TV through satellites or cables, which won't need to migrate to digital terrestrial, said Mungy.

Digital broadcasting will necessitate application of a different broadcasting technology. This will oblige viewers to buy digital integrated television sets or set top boxes.