Zambia’s digital migration tender to be re-advertised

Zambia’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services has received permission to re-advertise the tender for its digital migration process. A contract worth USD 210 million was initially awarded to China’s StarTimes Group in May this year, but cancelled in September after Zambia Public Procurement Authority cited irregularities in the process.

“The national task force on digital migration is currently working on the technical aspects of the tender which would be advertised soon,” said Mwansa Kapeya, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Minister. “The government pledges its commitment to mobilize resources for Zambia’s successful digital migration in line with the International Telecommunication Union deadline of June 2015,” he said.

In October, Zambia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) launched investigations into the cancelled tender for the supply, delivery and commissioning of a national DTT broadcast network.