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Rwanda fine-tunes digital switchover strategy

January 8, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms

 

Telecommunication authorities in Rwanda are confident of the country’s ability to meet the new deadline for migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. (Image source: Shutterstock)

Telecommunication authorities in Rwanda are confident of the country’s ability to meet the new deadline for migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. (Image source: Shutterstock)

Telecommunication authorities in Rwanda are confident of the country’s ability to meet the new deadline for migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.

Media reports claim that more people have invested in the required Set-Top Boxes (STBs) as the Rwanda Utilities and Regulation Authority (Rura) forges ahead with plans for a complete switch-over, nationally, in July.

In July last year authorities had made public their intention to switch off analogue transmission by year-end, however the scarcity of STBs, required for viewers to access digital TV images, was cited as a challenge.

The four vendors authorised by Rura to import and distribute STBs – Star Times, Tele10 TV, Sorim Ltd. and TransAfrican Container – have reportedly witnessed an increase in uptake of the devices ahead of migration deadline writes The New Times.

Kim Kizito, Tele10TV’s marketing manager, is quoted as saying that the Group have, to date, sold 7,000 STBs and are selling at a rate of 100 per day. The company’s devices are pre-programmed.

At the same time representatives from Star Times and Sorim Ltd. have stressed their respective ability to install, program and offer post-sale service to customers.

*Image source: Shutterstock.com

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