Digital TV network covers 61% of South Africa
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 15-04-2012
Over 60% of South Africa's population is now covered by the DVB-T2 digital broadcasting network currently being rolled out by state-owned signal distributor Sentech.
Dina Pule, South Africa's Minister of Communications, said 61% of the country is now digitally enabled, and the digital TV signal will be switched on "around September 2012."
Pule said: "Sentech's achievement is momentous as it represents a significant milestone in the digital migration process. Without a digital network of transmitters, we will never be able to take the country into the new exciting future of digital broadcasting.
"The efforts of stakeholders such as Sentech are important to the realisation of this project," she added.
In addition to the promised improved picture and sound quality, and increased choice in channels, the Department of Communications says digital migration will also create jobs in South Africa's electronics manufacturing industry.
"We believe that the move to digital broadcasting will deliver much needed economic and social benefits to all citizens by stimulating economic growth and creating employment opportunities," said Sentumo Mohapi, chief executive, Sentech.
As of 31 March 2012, Sentech reports it had covered 96% of Gauteng, 92% of North West, 73% of Western Cape, 33% of Mpumalanga, 31% of Eastern Cape, 46% of Free State, 30% of the Northern Cape, 45% of Kwazulu Natal, and 59% of the Limpopo population.