South African regulator postpones digital broadcast workshop

icasa.jpgTHE Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), which regulates the country’s ICT sector, has postponed a workshop intended to inform the allocation of broadcast frequencies for migration from analog to digital broadcast signals.

Without giving reasons for the postponement, the regulator issued a press release stating: “The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) hereby notifies interested parties that the date for Workshop on Draft Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan has been postponed.”

The workshop will now be held on 11 and 12 March 2009 in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The workshop should be of interest to South African broadcasters, as migration to digital broadcast signals will impact their readiness for participation in broadcasting major events, such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

More information on the workshop as well as digital broadcasting legislation in South Africa can be found at www.icasa.org.za.