Zambia: Nation Will Achieve Digital TV, Assures Malupenga

ZAMBIA will meet the target of switching from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in 2013 despite the tight schedule, Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has said.

Mr Malupenga said despite the tight schedule ahead of the implementation process, Government's commitment and its swift response on the exercise was positive.

He said since the coming of the Patriotic Front (PF) Government into power in September 2011, major strides had been taken to ensure Zambia was on course with digital migration.

Mr Malupenga was speaking on Wednesday soon after the launch of a symbolic switch ceremony of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to digital terrestrial television.

He said Zambia was in the tendering process to pick a bidder in the implementation process of DTT for the country.

The tendering proceedings were supposed to have been closed in October, this year but due to a number of challenges, the period was extended and is due to close next week.

Mr Malupenga cited financial constraints as one of the major challenges in achieving the implementation of the DTT for Zambia.

He however, said Government was mobilising resources to ensure the exercise was on course.

Zambian High Commissioner to Namibia Wendy Sinkala was present at the ceremony.

Namibia Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joel Kaapanda said the switch to DTT was a demonstration that his country had fulfilled international obligation guidelines.

Mr Kaapanda said as Namibia migrated, there would be many channels available through the provision of efficient services.

He has since urged the NBC board and management to remain on course during the implementation process.

Meanwhile, NBC director general Albertus Aochamub said the switch to DTT was an achievement that would not only increase the corporation's productivity but also increase its revenue base.

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