Telephony and television stations that are still broadcasting an analogue signal will remain in operation even after 17 June, assured the Mozambican deputy minister of Transport and Communications.
Mozambique, like other countries, is migrating from analogue to digital signals and the deadline agreed by the Region 1 member countries of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in which Mozambique is included, is 17 June of this year.
Deputy minister Manuela Rebelo said in Maputo that the decision to cease emitting analogue signals is a sovereign one and the country’s stations can continue to issue that signal, “so there will be no blackout after that date,” according to Mozambican news agency AIM.
Rebelo said the government had already recognised that it would be impossible to meet the deadline for discontinuation of analogue broadcasts and their replacement by digital signals.
In 2014, the government of Mozambique and the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) of China signed an agreement worth US$223 million for construction of 24 digital radio and television transmission stations in the country.
According to the deputy minister, the financing process is still under review by the bank, “which has led to a delay in implementing the project as it was designed.”
South Africa, Swaziland and Malawi are among the countries in which the migration process is more advanced than Mozambique. (macauhub/MZ)