Government subsidised STBs on demand in South Africa

A sharp increase has been reported regarding the number of government subsidized set-top boxes. With 11709 registrations captured in January, a total of 36042 TV households have registered for the set-top boxes (STBs).

Commenting on the fact, Faith Muthambi, the Minister of Communications of South Africa, said: “It is encouraging to see the growth in demand. The increase in registrations is a strong indication of the success of the migration project”.

Also, she added: “Awareness is growing day by day and people appreciate the tangible benefits that come with this process”.

Until now, 18 analogue transmitters have been switched-off since October last year in the area surrounding the Square Kilometre Array in the Northern Cape. The migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in South Africa is making its way.

She further added: “Digital terrestrial television services provide us with a rich opportunity to realise the vision of building a people-centred and inclusive information society”.