Zanzibar dissatisfied with digital migration process

Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives have expressed dissatisfaction with the analogue-to-digital migration project in the semi-autonomous region of Tanzania and have advised the government to review the contract awarded to AGAPE Associates of Dar es Salaam.

AGAPE won the digital migration tender with a bid of USD 4 million – much lower than the USD 28 million quoted by Chinese DTT operator, StarTimes. “People are not happy with the work being done by AGAPE,” said Mlinde Mabrouk Juma, adding that the government has spent a lot of money on the analogue-to-digital project and the work to date does not reflect the value-for-money.

The project included buying various equipment including decoders and transmitters, and construction of a centre for digital transmission. Last year, several complaints emerged about faulty decoders with poor signal/access of digital TV channels. The Zanzibar Multiplex Company (ZMUX) was subsequently formed to oversee implementation of the project.