26 January 2013

South Sudan: SSTV Set to Migrate From Analogue to Digital Broadcasting

Shenzhen — The project to transform South Sudan TV (SSTV) from analogue to digital broadcasting is set to kickoff this year as the financial arrangements between the two governments of South Sudan and China is completed.

Senior Vice President of the Chinese Telecommunication Company (ZTE Corporation) Wang JiaRan affirmed this yesterday to the leadership of the Ministry of Information which currently on an official tour to the facilities of ZTE Company in Shenzhen.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting last December signed an agreement with ZTE to assist South Sudan TV to migrate to digital system to comply with the requirement as set by the rest of the world in 2015.

According to the December agreement, phase one of the project is worth 51 million US dollars to support equipment and infrastructural aspects of the project. The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin earlier said this 51 million US dollar project of digitalization will be funded by the government of the Peoples Republic of China. He confirmed yesterday that financial arrangements between the two governments is progressing very well urging the company to speed up the process.

ZTE Corporation (formerly Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation) is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company headquartered in Shenzhen, China. It is the world's fourth-largest mobile phone manufacturer after Samsung, Apple and Nokia measured by 2012 unit sales and the world's fifth-largest telecoms equipment maker measured by 2011 revenues (after Ericsson, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, Siemens Networks).

ZTE's core products are wireless, exchange, access, optical transmission and data telecommunications gear; mobile phones; and telecommunications software. It also offers products that provide value-added services, such as video on demand and streaming media. ZTE primarily sells products under its own name but it is also an OEM, manufacturing some products which retail under other brand names. ZTE Corporation is present in over 179 countries in the world with 53 branches in Africa.

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