Government of Mozambique due soon to approve migration to digital radio and television

11 July 2012

The government of Mozambique is soon expected to approve the strategy to be adopted in order for the country to change from an analogue to a digital radio and television signal, as well as the costs that the process implies, the spokesman for the Council of Ministers said Tuesday in Maputo.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias the spokesman and deputy foreign Minister, Henrique Banze said that the migration process was being carried out on schedule and that everything was being done for an easy transition in 2015.

One aspect that has yet to be decided is related to licensing of the operator that will manage the process, and Banze said that authorisation had been given in April to carry out an auction and the Mozambican Communications Institute had approved the terms of the process.

The biggest challenge for most developing countries such as Mozambique, is the technical, financial, social and political choice of the signal modulation standard.

Existing standards are the US standard (known as ATSC), the European standard (DVB-T and DVB-T2), the Japanese standard (ISDB-T), the Chinese standard (DTMB) and a variant of the Japanese standard, which was improved by Brazil (SBTVD-T). (macauhub)