Rwanda’s digital migration on track

Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) announced that the country’s digital migration process, which started in January, 2014 is on as planned with three transmitter sites- Mugogo, Rubona and Gitwe, switched off.

While the number of people without decoders has significantly dropped, transmission interference between GOtv and StarTimes was one of the major challenges during the migration process. “Most people are on the digital platform and more are still purchasing decoders or subscribing to either GOtv or Star Times,” said Innocent Nkurunziza, technical director at RBA.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), in January, had announced that the country will switch off its analogue television transmission by July 31, 2014. The agency said that while there were around 21,000 decoders available from authorised distributors, it estimates the need for around 80,000 STBs by July.