SA’s project to procure 5 million STBs delayed

South Africa’s USD 245.5 million project to procure 5 million set top boxes (STBs) in support of its DTT migration has been delayed as the original budget did not take into account the costs of acquiring and installing digital antennas, according to Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan.

Further delaying the rollout of subsidized STBs is the ongoing dispute between the Department of Communication and FTA broadcaster, e.tv, about inclusion of CAS in the STBs.

As many as 11 million households in South Africa needs a decoder for digital migration and the government aims to subsidise up to 70% of the cost of the boxes for approximately five million homes. “Money will be made available for the rollout of the STBs to more than five million low income households,” said Gordhan.