Digital Terrestrial Television installed in Angola by June 2017

29 October 2014

Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is expected to reach 117 municipalities in Angola by June 2017, at an estimated cost of US$386 million, said the executive director of Infrasat, a business unit of state company Angola Telecom.

DTT in Angola will use the DVB-T2 standard, a development of the current European standard also used by African countries, according to a choice made in late 2013, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

The Executive Director of Infrasat, António Rocha, who was speaking on the sidelines of Expo Globalcom Angola, an annual meeting of the Angolan telecommunications market in Luanda, said that the cost of changing the signal from analogue to digital television was directly related to construction of the necessary infrastructure.

That amount, he said, included US$60 million for the outreach program, which aims to inform people of the changeover process for the new system.

Rocha said subsidies would also be granted to purchase equipment to decode the digital signal for analogue televisions, although the commercial exploration model had yet to be decided. (macauhub/AO)