DTT start to cost ZMK 27 billion

Zambia’s digital migration national task force requires ZMK 27 billion (€4.2 million) this year to facilitate initial efforts in the country’s transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Task force chairperson Luwani Soko said the 2011 budget did not provide for the operations of the task force. Soko explained that the task force had not received a budgetary allocation because it was established late last year after the national budget had already been drafted, but said the government needed to make an alternative funding strategy to enable it to commence work.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has resolved to migrate to digital broadcasting by 2013, ahead of the global deadline of 2015. Soko said Zambia would meet the 2013 target if national development strategies such as the newly launched sixth national development plan take into account the requirements of the migration.
Source: Telecompaper
Item added: 13th February 2011