Zim Confident To Meet ITU Digitalisation Deadline

The government of Zimbabwe is confident that with the availability of resources, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) digitisation deadline of 17 June 2015 will be met.

Efforts being made by government towards mobilising resources for the digitisation programme were revealed by the Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Supa Mandiwanzira while responding to a question by Senator Chief Musarurwa in the senate chambers.

Mandiwanzira said government is sourcing funding from other international partners while local measures are being put in place to ensure the money is available for the project.

He revealed that 12 transmitters have already gone digital.

The migration from analogue to digital will improve the broadcasting quality while at the same time creating more channels for television and radio.

The ITU has set 17 June next year as the deadline for countries to migrate from analogue to digital.

The migration process is meant to improve broadcast quality and ease congestion, while freeing up more spectrum and infrastructure to improve and widen mobile coverage.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly has adjourned to 28 October.