Mozambique fails to meet agreed date for the transition from analogue to digital

5 December 2016

Mozambique will miss the date agreed between the countries of southern Africa for the transition from analogue to digital transmission systems, which is 31 December, 2016, announced the Mozambican Minister of Transport and Communications.

Minister Carlos Mesquita said “the process will take six to seven months, with the last two transmitters in border areas currently being placed, to avoid any interference from television signals from neighbouring countries.”

Speaking to Radio Mocambique, the state broadcaster, the minister said that on 1 January, 2017 Mozambique will have about 18 transmitters in operation, and that between 55 and 60 transmitters would still be needed to ensure full coverage of the country .

This transition from analogue transmission systems to digital is estimated to cost US$156 million, financed by a loan from the Export Import Bank of China.

Chinese company Startimes Software Technology was chosen to conduct the transition process, having been awarded a public tender whose results were announced in early November.

After the digital network is installed, it will be managed by Empresa de Transporte, Multiplexação e Transmissão (TMT), the public digital television network operator of authorised to code, “multiplex”, carry and broadcast the digital terrestrial television signal in Mozambique.

TMT is an entity formed by public companies Televisão de Moçambique (TVM), Rádio Moçambique (RM) and Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM). (macauhub)