Zambia moves forward on digital TV tender

Rebecca Hawkes | 06-12-2013

The tender for the implementation of Zambia's digital terrestrial television (DTT) service is to be re-advertised following Cabinet approval, according to the Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Mwansa Kapeya.

The Government is now fully committed to realising the move from analogue to digital broadcasting by the International Telecommunication Union's global deadline of June 2015, the minister said.

The Zambian Government cancelled the original tender in September 2013, citing irregularities in the process following appeals by two of the unsuccessful bidders. The Zambia Public Procurement Authority has now reviewed the procurement process for the tender and consultants had also reviewed the Access to Information bill (ATI).

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services will soon submit the report to the Ministry of Justice for consideration and advice, prior to a tender advertisement being placed in the media, according to the Times of Zambia.

In September, Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba said the Government was considering unbundling the tender into four aspects: civil works, studio, network and consultancy services.

The migration project includes the establishment of provincial television stations, and the supply, installation and commissioning of the African country's DTV system.