Zenterio, Vestel partner SysCorp, TACT for digital TV

Rebecca Hawkes | 09-01-2014

Swedish companies Zenterio and Vestel have teamed up with local partners SysCorp and TACT to provide consumers in Uganda and Rwanda with a DVB-T2 set-top box (STB) to enable the reception of digital terrestrial television (DTT).

"Africa is a key region for DTT and the transition from analogue to digital will happen very quickly. Zenterio is poised to provide our solution to every country that's migrating to digital now or is about to start that transition. We continue to look to the future in these markets and will also provide a conditional access system (CAS) cardless solution for encrypted channels on the current deployed boxes," said Jan Macku, business development director, Zenterio.

Rwanda plans to switch off its analogue broadcasts nationwide on 31 July 2014, and Uganda is adopting a phased transition to digital broadcasting that will continue until the June 2015 global deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Analogue TV switch-off has already taken place in fellow East African countries Tanzania and Kenya although a court battle is hampering digital migration in the latter nation.

"Africa is an important market for Vestel and we are happy to begin set-top box sales into this market. We are aiming to expand DVB-T2 STB sales into other African countries in the coming years," said Hakan Kutlu, deputy general manager of the Swedish consumer electronics provider.