Botswana switches to digital broadcasting
Gaborone – Botswana has migrated from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting.
Launching the digital broadcasting migration last week, Vice President Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said the Botswana has made progress towards meeting the 2013 SADC and 2015 world deadlines of migrating from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting.
VP Kedikilwe said the commencement of terrestrial television in the country included the establishment of a joint task force between Japan and Botswana, as they facilitate the switchover from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
He noted that ostensibly, the government alone cannot achieve such transformation without private sector participation and support.
“The government is very much alive to the fact that technological transformation of this magnitude will not come without significant initial cost and potentially on-going development costs over time,” he said.
Thus, he implored investors to take advantage of the opportunities created by the advent of digital broadcasting migration.
The Vice President highlighted that government was ready to facilitate public private partnerships for the implementation of digital television and related industries in the areas of manufacturing, content generation and human resource development.
To date, he said government has invested in excess of US$18.8 million in the expansion of radio and television transmission network alone.
As of June 2013, reception of Radio Botswana across the country stood at 95 percent, while reception for Botswana Television was 85 percent on terrestrial network
Thus, he implored investors to take advantage of the opportunities the advent of digital broadcasting migration created.
At the same function, Japanese Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication Keiichiro Tachibana, whose country has provided the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting Terrestrial (ISDBT) technology for Botswana’s digital migration, congratulated the government of Botswana for commencing digital television broadcasting.
He said his country and Botswana have, through mutual agreement, committed to the Joint Task Force for cooperation in digital broadcasting hence they will assist Botswana with human resources to transfer technology to Botswana.
“Africa’s first digital television broadcasting using the Japanese ISDBT technology starts here in Botswana today. I sincerely believe this cooperation in digital television will further strengthen the public-private relationship between Botswana and Japan,” Tachibana said.