Rwanda begins Phase III of digital migration

Rwanda initiated the third phase of its digital migration process on July 31 at midnight. Regulator, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) claims that the digital coverage of the country currently stands at around 95%.

With the switch off, over 51,000 people are currently unable to access programmes. Rwanda’s 2010 census reported over 192,800 homes in the country having television sets. “Out of those, 141,260 (70 % of all people with TV sets) homes have acquired decoders,” said Patrick Nyirishema, Director General of RURA. “This means that about 51,540 (27%) do not have decoders.

Rwanda’s digital migration process is a four-phase affair that started in January 2014. RURA switched off analogue in Kigali on January 31, while on March 31 and on May 31 those in the north-west and east were barred.

The last phase of the switchover from analogue transmission to digital broadcasting will involve the west and south-west regions. With this, Rwanda will become the second country in sub-Saharan Africa after Tanzania to switch off its analogue television signal.