StarTimes has handed over 2 Outside Broadcast Vans to the Zambian Government. The vans will be used to upgrade the outside live broadcasting capability of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), which will enable the national TV station to obtain, edit and transmit high definition signals in real time at outside events.
The vans are part of the digital migration project which has been criticized as one of the most expensive in Africa. Four out of the 15 member states that make up the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have fully migrated from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) – Malawi, Mauritius, Tanzania and Namibia.
Zambian Government also established TopStar as the public signal distributor under a joint venture between StarTimes of China and ZNBC.
StarTimes is providing USS$44 million towards the project through provision of equipment and technical expertise.
Zhao Yueqin, Vice President of StarTimes Group said, “I sincerely hope that the delivery of OB and DSNG vans will help to satisfy Zambian people’s demand of watching more TV programs and to enhance the influence of Zambian TV industry in African continent.”