Tanzania completes first phase of digital TV migration
Rebecca Hawkes | 13-02-2014

Tanzania has now migrated to digital television transmission (DTT) in seven of 27 regions on the mainland, after becoming the first country in Africa to start the transition from analogue in December 2012.

Director general for the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Professor John Nkoma, said the country has successfully completed the first phase of its DTT programme and is now 'warming up' for the second phase.

The expense and poor performance of some set-top boxes have slowed the transition to digital broadcasting, the Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum for Africa 2014 in Arusha, has heard, according to the Tanzania Daily News.

Delays have dogged DTT migration across Africa, with neighbouring Kenya's analogue switch-off on hold while media bodies and consumer groups mount a legal challenge to halt the country's move to digital transmission.