6 December 2012

Cameroon Gears up for Efficient Broadcasting

Workshop Eight at the ongoing National Forum on Communication dwelled on the possibilities of accessing digital broadcasting by 2015. The decision to migrate the main broadcasting services from analogue to digital was first made at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) within the framework of the Regional Radio Communication Conference in Geneva in June 2006. Cameroon ratified the related agreements. This means that planning for digital migration is necessary in the entire audiovisual sector in Cameroon.

Adamu Musa, Chairman of the Technological and Innovation Committee said migration from analogue to digital broadcasting is so important because Cameroon has a deadline of 2015. He said the forum is trying to put in place the parameters that will help stakeholders in audiovisual broadcasting know exactly where they stand. One of the participants in the workshop, Charlie Ndi Chia, President of the Cameroon Union of Journalists, said the problem is that residents of Cameroon might not be sensitised. Another concern is that analogue TV sets are still being imported and digital television sets might be too expensive for the average person. He expressed the wish that there be some kind of phasing such that the digital system can start with Douala and Yaounde, and then other locations.

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