Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says government will comply with the latest July 2020 deadline to migrate from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).
This is after South Africa missed the International Telecommunication Union migration deadline in July 2015.
Mokonyane told the media in Pretoria that the roll-out would start in the Free State where the analogue signal is expected to be switched off by the end of the year.
“We’ve also finalised the project road map which outlines how DTT unfolds in our country. Beyond the presentation this morning the road map will be published in various platforms so all citizens can know and prepare as well as collaborate accordingly. Based on the resources and the plan as well as the resources we have, analogue switch will be ok in July 2020 the latest. However, we will work harder to make it happen earlier if it’s possible.”
The delay of digital migration is currently costing government R150 million a year. Government also plans to issue vouchers to subsidise indigent families.