The governments of China and Mozambique are launching an initiative in Marracuene, Maputo province, on Sunday, 13 May, to allow families living in rural areas to have access to satellite television, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology, Higher, Technical and Professional Education in a statement released on Thursday.
The launch of this initiative, covering 500 Mozambican villages with an average of 150 households, aims to provide access to digital television broadcasts in places such as public buildings, hospitals, schools and community centres.
The initiative, entitled “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African villages,” follows an announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping in December 2015 at the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) in South Africa, to be executed in more than two dozen African countries.
Mozambique, which is currently in the process of converting analogue radio and television signals to digital, is the first African country to benefit from China’s initiative within the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).
The project is coordinated by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Higher, Technical and Professional Education and StarTimes Mozambique, a subsidiary of Chinese group StarTimes, which has a strong presence in Africa where it markets digital terrestrial television and satellite television to consumers. (macauhub)