Angola seeks financing from China and private sector for digital migration

4 January 2017

The government of Angola plans to include the analogue to digital television migration programme in China’s credit line and involve private companies in the process to reduce government spending, according to an order signed by the President.

The order said that the public broadcasting company TVDA – Serviços de Transmissão e Difusão, created for the digital migration of terrestrial broadcasting services, is now just 16% owned by Angolan Public Television.

“The Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies must ensure all legal and administrative procedures with private entities for the subscription of 84% of the capital investment required for the capitation of TVDA,” said the order cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The cost of the analogue to digital television migration programme is estimated at US$386 million and a decision was made not to wrap up analogue services and launch the digital terrestrial television service (DTT) in 2017.

The presidential order recognises the “need to establish a more suitable model for the current economic context,” through the participation of “private entities” and said that the finance minister “should ensure compliance with the conditions for eligibility and inclusion in the credit line from the People’s Republic of China.”

Angolan DTT, according to the initial plan, should have reached 117 municipalities in the country by June 2017, using the DVB-T2 standard, an evolution of the current European standard, also used by African countries. (macauhub)