Ethiopia plans for digital TV in 2016
Rebecca Hawkes
| 22 October 2014
Ethiopia is to migrate its public television network from analogue to digital terrestrial transmission by the end of 2016.

Workneh Tafa, head of public relations for the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA), told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that a draft government bill is under discussion which would help to deliver a quality media service and ensure greater accessibility to media. Film, art and other media sectors will all benefit, he added.

Tafa said policy direction and a legal framework are being prepared to enhance the introduction of digital terrestrial television (DTT).

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has set a global deadline of June 2015 for the switch-off of analogue broadcasting signals, but most African countries – including Ethiopia – look to be falling well short of this date.