Namibia South Africa agree to work on cross-border digital communications

Windhoek – The Namibian and South African government’s communication ministries have signed an agreement of cooperation and coordination in order to mitigate cross border interference for terrestrial services, radio communications, content and other related matters.

In a joint communiqué signed at the coastal town of Walvis Bay in the western part of Namibia on 25 June 2015, between Namibian Minister of Information and Telecommunication Technology (MICT), Tjekero Tweya and the South African Minister of Communication, Faith Muthambi, the two governments undertook to establish a joint task team to facilitate the engagements between them.

Furthermore, the parties agreed on enhancing collaboration and cooperation of the regulators in addressing matters of mutual interest on cross border interference on terrestrial services, radio communications and other associated matters.

Sharing plans with regard to the roadmap for the release and use of the digital dividend for other services as and when necessary also formed part of the cooperation arrangement.

The two countries will engage each other in content development and information dissemination “to facilitate social cohesion and integration and also share technical implementation’s best practices, including sourcing of set-top boxes (STBs) and distribution.

The agreement also spells out the establishment of a Mutual Recognition Agreement on standards and conformance for equipment type approval and the development of a comprehensive checklist that highlights areas of attention and cooperation.

“The Ministers expressed their mutual satisfaction regarding the excellent relations between the two countries on the cooperation and coordination of cross border interference for terrestrial services, radio communications, content and other related matters,” read the statement.

SADC Ministers responsible for communications, ICT and postal services met in Walvis Bay last on 26 May 2015 to review among others, the status of the digital terrestrial television (DDT) migration after analogue switch over date lapsed on 17 June 2015 and the status of implementation of the Home and Away Roaming.

July 2015
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