Sao Tome and Principe prepares migration to digital TV and radio

18 June 2014

Sao Tome and Principe will draw up a plan to migrate television and radio signals from an analogue to a digital system, the General Authority for Telecommunications Regulation (AGER) said Monday in Sao Tome.

“We are drawing up a plan of action, a strategy that will be submitted to the government so that we can make up for lost time,” said AGER president Orlando Fernandes.

Fernandes said that June 2015 was the deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union to migrate television and radio signals from analogue to digital systems, which is one of the eight Millennium development Goals.

“As the country does not have human resources with sufficient knowledge we will hire an international consultant to draw up the migration plan and to calculate the amount that will be spent,” said Fernandes.

The president of AGER noted that following the extensive analogue signal “blackout” in 2015, countries that have not switched to digital will be preventing their populations from making use of the many advantages of the services offered by telecommunications companies. (macauhub/ST)