Rwanda to delay analogue switch off

Rwanda’s DTT switch-over may be delayed due to the slow uptake of the set-top boxes (STBs) in the country, according to the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA).

The Agency believes that the December, 2013, analogue switch-off date may now be unrealistic. “We may not see a complete digital switch-over by the end of this year. Something must be done to ensure STBs are available before the end of the year otherwise chances of switching off analogue transmission will be slim,” said Jean Baptise Mutabazi, Head of communication and media regulation at RURA.
RURA is responsible of monitoring of the implementation process while Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) is looking after the importation and distribution of the digital image converters to the private sector. RBA is now strongly urging Rwandans to buy the available decoders so as to motivate the vendors to import more.