Mozambican government expected to ban imports of analogue TVs and radios

31 August 2012

The government of Mozambique is expected to ban the import of analogue televisions and radios, based on the country’s commitment to migrate to digital technology by 2015, the sector regulator announced Thursday in Maputo.

Speaking at the Forum of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Digital Migration, the president of the National Communications Institute of Mozambique (INCM), Isidoro da Silva, said that his institution would propose to the government that it approve a law prohibiting the import of analogue devices into the country.

“This will not be unilaterally implemented by the regulator, as it has to coordinate its activities with (the Ministries of) Finance and Trade, but the central idea is to prevent the country becoming a dump site for electronic equipment,” noted Isidoro da Silva adding that the proposal would be presented within two weeks.

The SADC Forum on Digital Migration met in Maputo to analyse the steps that the countries in the region have made to introduce digital technology and the measures needed to speed up the operation. (macauhub)