Chinese company StarTimes to introduce digital television to Mozambique

25 April 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 April – Chinese company StarTimes plans to introduce digital television equipment and receivers to Mozambique, as part of a project involving Mozambican investment and in which US$100 million is due to be invested, according to Valentina Guebuza, the representative of the Mozambican side.

Speaking at the inauguration of the StarTimes store, which took place last week in Maputo, Guebuza said that the company had been in touch with all the television channels operating in the country, in order to show the company’s interest in transforming the current analogue signal into a digital one.

Mozambique is to adopt the European Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB-T2) model in its migration from analogue to digital, and adopting the signal will be the start of a process expected to culminate in complete digitalisation by 2015, as recommended internationally.

By adopting the European model Mozambique has accepted the recommendation of the ministers for telecommunications of the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), at the Lusaka conference in November 2010, according to which states should adopt the European DVB-T2 model.

StarTimes, which was set up in China over 20 years ago, entered the African market in Rwanda in 2006, and then expanded to Kenya in 2009and to Tanzania and Burundi that same year. (macauhub)