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Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams told reporter that government would reassess the model through which it distributed digital television set top boxes around the country, as the previous model proved itself to be a failure.
Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says that efforts are being made to fast-track digital migration, but government needs to protect state entities as it makes the transition.
Government is ramping up migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT), Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said at a briefing on Friday. But what is DTT and why is it needed?
Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane has announced the appointment of a 12-member Broadcasting Digital Migration Advisory Council to help speed up the long-awaited DTT plan.
Government will prioritise bringing down data costs as part of developing an economy in line with the fourth industrial revolution, says Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel.
A faster rollout of digital television is dependent on political will, according to Laurent Petit of satellite company SES.
Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo is set to meet with local broadcasters in the latest progression towards the country’s broadcasting digital migration.
Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo says her department will expedite South Africa’s digital migration process so that it can take place before December 2018.
A spokesperson for the department of communications says in an opinion piece that criticism of the country's set-top box project has been "unfortunate".
Another delay has hit South Africa’s digital broadcast migration project as the agency behind the rollout of set-top boxes has temporarily halted production of these devices.
While global banks have been pouring money into information technology - to the tune of $1trn over three years - only a handful appear to be fully committed to a digital transformation and are therefore reaping the benefits.
The official date to switch off analogue signal for broadcasting is yet to be set by the minister of communications.
Government is abandoning direct involvement with the set-top box programme, and is phasing out to a "market/retail" approach instead.
Communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced that Sentech executive Aldred Dreyer will head up a new Project Management Office to handle the country's stop-start migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk says the internet and media group is taking the revelations about MultiChoice's payments to the then Gupta-owned ANN7 "extremely seriously".
The public service and administration chief director has submitted an affidavit to Speaker Baleka Mbete, accusing President Jacob Zuma of lying to Parliament, reports the Sunday Times.
South Africa is a step closer to meeting its December 2018 deadline to switch off analogue, after the Constitutional Court ruled against an appeal by e.tv.
South Africa could once again miss the deadline for digital migration due to “supply chain management irregularities" and "collusion issues" parliament's portfolio committee heard.
The first phase of the analogue switch-off and migration to digital broadcasting will start with analogue signals being switched off in the Northen Cape.
The communications minister has been hauled over the coals by her own party who told her that her management of the digital migration project was "found wanting".
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