South Africa marks the first phase of analogue switching off (ASO)

Event date: 
2016-10-28 14:21

               
Introduction and background
 
Aim of digital migration
 
Key messages
 
Event schedule
 
Related links
 
 
   

 

Introduction
 

South Africa will on 28 October 2016 hold an event in the Northern Cape to mark the first phase of analogue switching off (ASO). The ASO is one of the critical milestone of the Broadcasting Digital Migration process. The Northern Cape in the Square Kilometre Arrayarea will become the first province in the country to switch off its analogue signal. Analogue transmitters will be switched off in the following towns, Van Wyksvlei; Brandvlei; Williston; Vosburg and Carnarvon.

The main event in the Northern Cape is expected to be attended by senior government officials including the Minister of the Department of Communication and Presidency, BDM stakeholders together with ICT International bodies such as International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and SADC.

 

Aim of digital migration
 

  • The primary aim of digital migration is to release valuable spectrum which will be used to provide new services such as wireless and other broadband services.
  • It will lead to a more efficient use of available spectrum since digital broadcasts only require a fraction of the spectrum required for broadcasting services.
  • Digital broadcasting will bring more television channels, more content and allow more choice for consumers.
  • The migration will result in better quality sound and visuals on television.
  • It will connect rural and urban, rich and poor ensuring that South African citizens transact and communicate more effectively with the use of technology.

 

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Key messages

 

Key messages Supporting statements / facts
The switch from analogue to digital has started in the Northern Cape. 
  • The Northern Cape will become the first province in the country to switch off its analogue signal.
  • This is a period during which the analogue-to-digital migration takes place and is often referred to as the digital switch over.
  • Households located near the Square Kilometre Array area have successfully migrated from analogue to digital broadcasting.
  • More than 90% households in Carnavon, Vanwyksvlei, Brandvlei, Vosburg and Williston have fully migrated to the digital broadcasting platform.
  • The switch-off will be rolled out in phases to other provinces, in particular borderline areas to avoid and minimise signal interference from neighbouring countries.
The Broadcasting Digital Migration Project is underway.
  • The switch off in the Northern Cape is a confirmation that digital broadcasting is underway and is happening.
  • South Africa is committed to fulfil its international treaty obligation as agreed by the International Telecommunications Union.
  • The International Telecommunications Union compels countries around the world to switch from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
  • The migration is also in line with the National Development Plan to create a robust, reliable, secure and affordable ICT infrastructure.
All South Africans will benefit from the digital broadcasting migration.
  • The primary aim of digital migration is to release valuable spectrum which will be used to provide new services such as wireless and other broadband services.
  • It will lead to a more efficient use of available spectrum since digital broadcasts only require a fraction of the spectrum required for broadcasting services.
  • Digital broadcasting will bring more television channels, more content and allow more choice for consumers.
  • The migration will result in better quality sound and visuals on television.
  • It will connect rural and urban, rich and poor ensuring that South African citizens transact and communicate more effectively with the use of technology.
The registration drive for qualifying indigent television households is ongoing.  
  • Set-top-box will be necessary to continue watching television when South Africa switches to digital television transmission.
  • Government has made significant progress in registering indigent households to get free set-top-boxes for digital terrestrial television.
  • The Department of Communications together with the South African Post Office in October 2015 started registering communities  in the Northern Cape Province, including the SKA areas which  all qualify for free set-top-boxes.
  • The registration is continuing in Limpopo and Free State and will be rolled-out to the rest of the country in a phased approach.
  • More than indigent households in the Northern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo have already registered with the South African Post Office to receive set-top-boxes.

Free set-top-boxes will be provided to five million poor television owning households.

  • Government will provide free set-top-boxes to five million poor television owning households in a phased approach.
  • South African households with a combined income of R3 200 or less qualify for a 100% subsidised set-top-box or decoder.
  • Those who qualify for free set-top-boxes are not required to produce proof of a television licence. They are however expected to continue paying their television licence.
  • To apply, applicants should bring a copy of their identity document, proof of residence and proof of income.
  • Those who do not qualify for free set-top-boxes will incur a once-off cost to buy them from retailers upon availability.
  • Television viewers who subscribe to digital satellite television do not have to buy the set-top-boxes because they already receive digital signal.

Digital migration will contribute to skills development and job creation.

  • The process allows businesses, particularly the electronic manufacturing industry to grow.
  • The manufacturing and installation of set-top-boxes will create work opportunities for the youth in the ICT sector.
  • The set-top-box is a plug-and-play device which is easy to connect using the supplied manual. Assistance from professional installers may be sought if needed.
  • We urge South Africans to be vigilant of fake installers and those who sell fake set-top-boxes.
Go Digital South Africa is a campaign to promote digital migration.
  • Go Digital South Africa is catch phrase for the digital migration in process in South Africa.
  • Go Digital South Africa is also nation-wide communication campaign to raise awareness and support for the migration process.
  • It must not be confused with the MNET product known as Gotv.
  • Gotv is a new digital pay-TV offering on Digital Terrestrial Television platforms established in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Go Digital products:

  • Zwi Kho Itea! is a tagline to promote digital migration
  • Go Digital Mayihlome Mascot
  • Zwi Kho Itea is a tagline to promote digital migration for the South African broadcasting digital migration programme
  • Zwi Kho Itea! Which is in Venda language meaning Its happening!!
  • Mayihlome Mascot an ambassador for Go Digital brand aims at providing a voice for the project’s social conscience, a rallying icon for community identification.  In addition creates the necessary positive image for a successful campaign.

 

Event schedule

 

Date: 28 October 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Carnarvon Primary School, Northern Cape Province (in the Square Kilometre Arrayarea) 

 

Related links

 

   
Department of Communiations 
Go Digital South Africa
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
 
 

 

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