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Zambia’s digital migration hailed

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CHRISTINE CHISHA, Lusaka
SOUTHERN Africa Development Community (SADC) ministers responsible for communications have saluted Zambia for switching over to digital terrestrial television before the June 17 deadline.
In a vote of thanks during a meeting of the SADC ministers responsible for communications, ICT and postal services in Walvis Bay Namibia yesterday, Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo said Zambia deserves commendation for joining the other four countries that have migrated in the region.
This is according to a statement issued by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services yesterday.
The other countries are Malawi, Tanzania, Mauritius and Namibia. Other countries in the region were encouraged to complete the switch over before December 2016.
And Minister of Transport and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga says SADC meetings should not be talk shops where resolutions are shelved without implementation.
In an interview on the side-lines of the meeting, Mr Mukanga said Zambia deserves representation in international organisation for the country’s voice to be heard.
And Mr Mukanga said the cost of set top boxes should be looked into now that the country has switched over to digital broadcasting.
The minister urged players in the broadcasting industry to create local content and not depend on foreign programmes.
“Let’s have a channel where our marketers are talking, where our women are talking,” he said.
He said people will appreciate digital migration if the content is theirs.
The meeting was chaired by Zimbabwe’s minister of ICTs Supa Mandiwanzira and the opening address was by Namibia’s Minister of ICT Tjekero  Tweya, who urged member states that have not migrated to digital broadcasting to do so.


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