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Rwanda to Finalize Digital Migration
Source: East African Business Week (Kampala)
Source Date: Monday, March 25, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Rwanda
Created: Mar 27, 2013

Kigali — The  Rwanda Utilities  Regulatory Authority (RURA) has announced that the progressive  migration from analogue to digital Terrestrial broadcasting is going to take nine months.

This puts Rwanda at the forefront amongst its peers in the region on implementing the migration.

The regulator says that starting with March till December this year, the national broadcaster ORINFOR  shall be broadcasting  both  analogue  and digital  signals  to allow viewers on both  signals to continue  receiving Television channels.

"We have planned for at least three months where we have two signals being broadcasted, at the end of June only then we will start switching off analogue signals but it is going to be progressive," Francois Gatarayiha, the Director General at RURA said. Gatarayiha added that  the switch off will be phased and according to broadcasters, the first  analogue switch off  will be  on 1st July  this year till December 2013 where the last signal will be switched off."So this is the approach  we are taking, during this whole progressive  switch off, we will be  monitoring  the whole uptake in the country," he said adding  that  the regulator will be encouraging  the business  community to import STBs (Set Top Boxes) especially in the areas of Kigali city.

Set Top Boxes are converters that allow analogue TV sets to pick Digital signals which the regulator says their unavailability delayed the migration.

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