DTT increases reach in South Africa


Rebecca Hawkes

| 25 August 2015

South Africa's digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) system has grown to cover 84.46% of the population and provide 58.49% geographic coverage, after two greenfield sites went live in Harrismith, Free State and Ngqeleni, Eastern Cape.

The switching on of these new greenfield sites supports the existing 178 DTT migration transmitters, which were turned on by state-owned signal distributor Sentech in March 2015.

"Although the two sites are similar, the terrain and circumstance are vastly different and every site posed its own unique challenges. With all the different disciplines that are involved with completing these sites, team work remains the cornerstone for achievement and the dependencies that each has on the final outcome. With all the experience gained over the last 18 months on these two sites, one become much more equipped to manage the outstanding greenfield sites," said Nicolaas Jobse, DTT project manager, Sentech.

Two more greenfield sites – Burgersfort in Limpopo and Holy Cross in the Eastern Cape – are being built to ensure maximum digital TV coverage in remote areas.

The last two greenfield sites are expected to be on air by March 2016, raising the population coverage to 85.20% and geographical coverage to 58.91%.