South Africa review its DTT delivery model

The Department of Communications in South Africa is currently revising its digital migration delivery model. The new delivery model will see government step completely back from the procurement, warehousing, transport and installation of set-top boxes (STBs) and adopt a more market/retail-driven approach that will remove much of the public sector’s risk in the project.

“In May, we committed to getting the project back on track so that South Africa can join Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and other countries in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Region 1, as well as some of [the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or Brics, partners who have migrated their broadcasting system to digital,” declared Nomvula Mokonyane, Communications Minister of South Africa.  

The ‘innovative’ model for the implementation of the broadcast digital migration project aims to replace what has been described as an expensive, cumbersome, risky and outdated model that has set the decade-long project on a path of failure