Tag Archives: STB

NAMEC inks STB manufacturing deal with Chinese group

South Africa- based National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) has tied up Chinese set-top box manufacturer, Skyworth Digital, to build a multimillion-rand set-top box assembly plant at the Dube TradePort in Durban, SA. NAMEC has secured ZAR 60 million (USD 5.7 million) in loans and grants from government development agencies to build the [...]

StarTimes Kenya inks soft loan deal for customers

The Kenyan arm of StarTimes has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jamii Bora Bank to provide 6-  monthly soft loan installment plans to its customers for buying StarTimes digital television set-top boxes (STBs). “We are keen to make the acquisition of StarTimes set top boxes as effortless as possible through working closely with financial [...]

South Africa scraps April launch for digital TV

South African Communications Minister, Yunus Carrim, announced that the commercial roll-out of the digital terrestrial television migration project which was scheduled to take place on April 1, 2014 has been scrapped due to delays caused by disagreements among broadcasters. We intend to bring to a close the current negotiations very soon and shortly thereafter well [...]

Altech celebrates 20-millionth STB

Altech UEC, the largest developer and manufacturer of set-top boxes in Africa, has seen its 20 millionth STB role off the production line in February, 2014. The firm invested approximately ZAR 60 million (USD 5.7 million) in 2013 to expand and upgrade its factory infrastructure to cater to the increasing demand for digital terrestrial STBs [...]

Carrim criticises broadcasters for delaying DTT rollout

South African Minister of Communications, Yunus Carrim, has criticised the countrys broadcasters for constantly threatening and taking legal actions against the government rather than negotiating. Recently, South African free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv, argued for the inclusion of STB Control, while MultiChoice argued against STB Control, and has reportedly struck a deal with the SABC which prevents [...]

Low quality pirated STBs in South Africa concerns e.tv

South African free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv, has shown concern over the influx of illegal DTT set-top boxes which do not meet the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) specifications in the country. According to the companys own investigation, the pirated STBs are easily available in Johannesburg and Cape Town markets. “There is little to stop pirate [...]

SA Communications Minister seeks consensus on subsidised STB encryption

South Africas Communications Minister, Yunus Carrim, is attempting to reach a consensus with broadcasters over whether the government-subsidised STBs for digital terrestrial television will contain a control system based on encryption. Carrim on Tuesday told the parliament that the department of communications will keep negotiations open for another three or four weeks in the hope [...]

SABC failing in digital TV skills

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the UK-based professional services firm, claims the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is not ready to deliver multiple additional digital TV channels and has huge challenges to overcome in terms of the skills necessary to successfully undertake digital migration in the country. An independent audit by PWC found that the staff of the [...]

SACF asks DoC to reissue STB manufacturing tender

South African Communications Forum (SACF) has accused the Department of Communications (DoC) of allowing a key contract for he manufacture of subsidised STBs to expire thereby delaying the digital migration process. SACF chief executive officer (CEO), Loren Braithwaite-Kabosha, said that the DoC has repeatedly extended the tender deadline due to the court case over the [...]