EAC ministers call for zero tariff on digital TV boxes
November 20th, 2011 - 13:03 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

The East African Community (EAC) sectoral council of ministers have urged partner states to consider zero-rating duty on Set Top Boxes as a means of accelerating digital broadcast migration programmes in the region. “To this effect they directed the EAC secretariat to submit this recommendation to the Ministers of Finance from all the five partner states for consideration,” according to a statement issued last week.

The ministers responsible for Transport, Communications and Meteorology in the EAC partner states who attended the ninth meeting also called for the speedy creation of frameworks to enable the region achieve the planned analogue-to-digital migration. A statement issued by the EAC publicist Richard Owora said that the ministers directed partner states to expedite the process of putting in place legislation for the implementation digital TV broadcasting, and to monitor technology developments for digital broadcast receivers, with a view to developing receiver specifications that minimize the cost of digital broadcast migration.

“The Ministers were also of the view that partner states limit the number of signal distributors, provided that a public signal distributor is fully funded by the state, or open the signal distribution market segment to full competition, where the government is unable to fund a public signal distributor,” he explained.