After negotiations began in early September, the Chinese group StarTimes would have reached an agreement with the government of Sao Tome and Principe a few days ago to deal with the country’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. Negotiations focused on financing the country’s technological transition, but it is doubtful that StarTimes also had to include in the agreement a contract to supply decoders among other clauses.
Pending confirmation by both parties, the first information announces the start of work for the digital migration of Sao Tome and Principe, including StarTimes for next month. The Chinese company should communicate in the coming days on this agreement.
Very interested in the migration of African countries to digital, StarTimes, is looking for agreements to deal with this transition in several African countries. In particular, the Burundian case, which saw a loan of $ 32.6 million granted to the country which entrusted the implementation of the transition project to StarTimes in accordance with one of the clauses of the agreement. The Chinese company had, moreover, faced a lifting shield of the Malagasy media patrons when it had wanted to promote the same type of agreement with Madagascar.
It should also be remembered that StarTimes is in charge of a Chinese project that aims to deploy digital television in 10,000 African villages.