slated for December 2019 would not be a panacea to limited accessibility of
information in the country if government does not subsidise Set Top Boxes,
media practitioners have said.
Broadcasting Conference organised by media lobby group MISA in Chinhoyi
recently, the director of International Communication Services in the Ministry
of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting
Services Dr Ivanhoe Gurira said government will make sure the products are
hovering slightly above 50 percent towards completion with the current
austerity measures militating against faster progress.
and Tsholotsho had not been equipped by DTT equipment by March 2019.
should government conducts the expected partial roll-out of the digitisation
accessing analogue signals.
the US$142 million budgeted for the whole exercise. More than 40 percent of
work needed to be done to complete the process.
ZimDigital, is expected to roll out awareness campaigns and adverts to market
the DTT program thus chewing from the remaining US$100 million budgeted for the
ran on state television and various radio stations in 2017 before the
government had even planned to roll out the exercise.
their citizen accessing the STB at relatively cheaper prices whereas South
Africa made available five million STB for free to poor households. Swaziland managed
to subsidize 63 percent of the total price of the STB despite the relatively
sound economic conditions there.
completion of the DTT process would measure the government’s seriousness in improving
access to information.
place by December, the current economic meltdown bedeviling the nation demands
that government makes the gadgets more affordable.
the State broadcaster ZBC has failed to repair its dilapidated analogue
equipment and ensure seamless service across the country.