Cape Verde to have digital terrestrial television by June 2015

15 November 2012

The replacement of analogue television with digital terrestrial television in Cape Verde is expected to happen by June 2015, which will meet the deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union, the chairman of the National Communications Agency said Wednesday in Praia.

During a meeting on the strategic plan for transition to digital terrestrial television, David Gomes said that the plan drawn up included creation of a single company to broadcast the signal and that financing for the project was currently being organised.

“We are talking about investments of around 7 million euros, although we may be able to reduce that amount, making the most of existing facilities of (radio and television company) Rádio e Televisão de Cabo Verde,” he said cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The single company for broadcasting the digital television signal may be part-owned by the State, by sector companies and private companies, noted Gomes, adding that other issues were being considered such as acquisition of equipment by consumers to receive broadcasts.

After the type of financing for is decided the plan will go ahead in the second half of 2013 and it is expected that analogue signals will begin to be switched off in July 2014, when the Soccer World Cup is held in Brazil. (macauhub)