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Mozambique will miss its latest deadline for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.
According to the Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, cited by Radio Mozambique on Sunday, the deadline for the transition, agreed among the countries of southern Africa, is 31 December this year. He admitted that Mozambique cannot meet that deadline, although digital transmitters are now installed in some provincial capitals.
« The process will last six to seven months », said Mesquita. « We are practically completing the last two transmitters in border areas to avoid interference with the television signals of neighbouring countries ».
« We’re going to have about 18 transmitters functioning as from 1 January », he added. « We shall follow this by putting into place another 55 to 60 transmitters that will cover the entire country ».
Mesquita put the total budget for the operation at 156 million US dollars, to be financed by China.
The Chinese company Startimes Software Technology has been chosen to implement the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting systems in Mozambique, winning an international tender in early November.
After the digital network is installed, it will be managed by the company TMT (Transport, Multiplex and Transmission). The shareholders in this body are the public telecommunications company TDM, Radio Mozambique and Mozambique Television (TVM). Americo Muchanga, chairperson of the regulatory body, the Mozambique National Communications Institute (INCM), has said that, if they are interested, private companies could also join TMT.