Breaking News

Eutelsat to speed up Zimbabwe digitisation

by Staff reporter
23 November 2015 | 3821 Views
ZIMBABWE has signed a three-year deal with a France based satellite provider Eutelsat Communications to speed up the television digitisation process in the country.

In a statement, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) said under the agreement, Zimbabwe will be provided with capacity to deliver 12 free-to-view-channels to 48 Digital Terrestrial Television transmitters.

The authority said it will enable Zimbabwean viewers to have a wider choice of television stations and programmes as well as improved picture quality. Zimbabwe is still using analogue television signal after missing the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) June 17 deadline to migrate to digital.

BAZ chief executive Obert Muganyura told our Bulawayo Bureau yesterday that the French satellite operator will provide optical fibre connectivity to the broadcasting transmitter sites. He said that the agreement will transform the country into a nationwide provider of digital broadcast services.

"With this Eutelsat partnership and our project partners, the stage is set for Zimbabwe to accelerate the transition from analogue to digital TV in order to deliver improved service to viewers nationwide," said Muganyura.




Eutelsat chief commercial and development officer Michel Azibert said the contract marked the company's first step to participate in Zimbabwe's digitisation process and would further expand its footprint in Africa.

"We are delighted to see Eutelsat 3B's increasing weight in the African landscape and to be part of this continent-wide movement to go digital," he said. Meanwhile, Muganyura said the first batch of the transmitters was being installed at five of the 48 transmission sites.

He said so far Kamativi and Kenmuar had been completed while Nyanga, Susamoya and Mutare were still work in progress. "We're expecting to conduct our first test of this new service sometime in December," said Muganyura. He added that the official launch was expected in the first quarter of 2016.

The project is managed by BAZ that is working with Transmedia which is the country's national signal carrier, ZBC and Huawei that are responsible for the sourcing of digital equipment, including set-top-boxes for users.


BAZ

Source: the herald

Comments

Latest News

'Chinese infect Zimbabwean women with STIs'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 June 2019 | 1 Views

Drummond Ranch: A tale of modern-day slavery - A WATERBORNE disease ou...

by Nkululeko Sibanda | 18 June 2019 | 6 Views

Zimbabwe has an artisan shortage, here is how to fix it - ACCORDING to...

by Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi | 18 June 2019 | 3 Views

Zesa to demolish Bulawayo Power Station towers

by Staff reporter | 18 June 2019 | 4 Views

What is BF's carrying capacity

by Staff reporter | 18 June 2019 | 1 Views

Best penny stocks to watch in 2019

by Staff Writer | 18 June 2019 | 1 Views

Entertainment

Zimbabwean rapper teams up with top selling American singer

by Staff Reporter | 17 June 2019 | 392 Views

WATCH: Penny Penny song insults Malema

by Mandla Ndlovu | 14 June 2019 | 9166 Views

Mixed feelings over Harare artistes at Econet gig - Econet Wireless' Z...

by Staff reporter | 11 June 2019 | 881 Views

Low turnout at Sulu's birthday bash

by Simbarashe Sithole | 08 June 2019 | 2075 Views

Ivy Kombo drops 14th album - CELEBRATED United Kingdom-based Zimbabwea...

by Staff reporter | 06 June 2019 | 376 Views

The latest slots online in 2019

by Staff writer | 05 June 2019 | 785 Views

Gospel music taken to another level

by Leonard Koni | 28 May 2019 | 322 Views

Thomas Mapfumo, Winky D to headline Zimfest Live in August

by Tidi Kwidini | 28 May 2019 | 1324 Views
iBlog

Hp Omen 15-5116tx – The Next Generation Gaming Laptop

the hp omen 15-5116tx is being targeted at the performance hungry gamers. it comes in a single variant boasting an eye-catching attractive design. the notebook offers a slim, lightweight chassis and appears like a piece of art than an actual gaming... Read More
Sergey 11 June 2015 ago

Apple Watch Teardown Reveals Unique Hardware And Replaceable Parts

The apple watch may not be fine jewelry, but bill detwiler cracks it open and shows you why he thinks it's a fine piece of tech. the apple watch may be beautiful on the outside, but how about on the inside? in this cracking open installment, we go in... Read More
Sergey 11 June 2015 ago