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Digital system migration paying off, says minister

18th February 2013
Prof Makame Mbarawa

The transition from analogue to digital broadcasting services in Tanzania has started to accrue benefits since the country decided to enter the new system in phases from last December.

The Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa said this over the weekend in Dar es Salaam when talking to a delegation of seven people from Zambia who visited his Ministry to learn how Tanzania successfully migrated to digital system.

The Minister told the delegation that was headed by the Deputy Minister for Information and Broadcasting in Zambia, Mwansa Kapeya that the digital system’s benefits are huge for any country’s development.

“We are witnessing a lot of benefits after embracing this new system,” the Minister said, adding that there is now quality sound and pictures in TV broadcasting in the country and that even remote areas now easily access channels compared to the analogue system era.

He said that other benefits include the increase of programmes, though minimal so far, and that experience has proved digital system better compared to analogue.

“Our neighbours have come to learn from our successes,” Prof Mbarawa said.

He said that so far, it is only Tanzania that has successfully managed to migrate to digital system in the East African community.

For his part, Minister Kapeya commended Tanzania for the efforts done, saying that his team has learnt a lot.

“We are in the process of doing so that is why we have come to learn from Tanzania’s experience…we have learnt a lot,” he said.

He said that come 2015, Zambia will be in the digital system according to the Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC) countries agreement.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Dr Florens Turuka said that the government’s success in the matter is due to the best relationship among all stakeholders involved.

He told the Zambian delegation that educating citizens and a wide range involvement of various stakeholders is crucial in succeeding to migrate into the digital system.



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