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Mozambique: Govt to Introduce Digital Broadcasting in 2013
Source: AIM
Source Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Mozambique
Created: Jun 04, 2012

Maputo — Mozambique is to begin radio and television digital broadcasting next year, with the full digital switchover due to take place in 2015. The Mozambican government decided at the end of 2010 to adopt the European standard DVB-T2, in line with the other member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Speaking in Maputo on Thursday during an international conference on digital terrestrial broadcasting organised by the National Communications Institute of Mozambique (INCM), the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communication, Eusebio Saide, said that the country is advancing in line with the International Telecommunications Union recommendation to shut off the analogue signal by 2015. The vice-president of the National Commission for Digital Migration, Simao Anguilaze, said that the process is on course, except for a few financial difficulties. According to Anguilaze, new transmission costs alone amount to 60 million US dollars. He suggested that the way out of the financial constraints is to auction the radio spectrum, which can be used by telecommunications companies. He said that the National Commission is working on the creation of legal instruments to govern this process. It has been internationally agreed that after 2015 countries may use frequencies currently assigned to analogue radio and television for digital services. As a result, analogue services might become vulnerable to interference from neighbouring countries. After the analogue signal is switched off, viewers will need to either have a modern television or buy a digital receiver to plug into their television. The digital receivers start at about 30 US dollars. Digital television and digital radio have the advantage of reduced signal interference.
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