DTT coverage targets limited by finance

The broadcast network operator Sentech has announced that it is increasingly unlikely that it will meet its DTT coverage targets of 52% of the population by March 2009 and 80% of the population by 2010. Currently it expects that by the at the end of 2009, services will only reach 40% of the population Sentech had requested R262.4 million (€20 million) from the government but only R150 million (€11 million) was approved.
It is also likely that the shortfall in funding will result in the analogue switch, planned for completion in 2011 being delayed.
Source: Business Day
Item added: 2nd February 2009