Govt pushes for accelerated digitalisation programme

By Innocent Nxumalo

THE Government’s digitalisation programme is set to benefit individuals and corporates, with the private sector expected to play a key role in the delivery of over two million satellite set-top boxes for the digital migration phase.

The progress recorded in Zimbabwe’s quest to digitalise the broadcasting sector has seen the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) reaching out to local entrepreneurs to join the supply chain of satellite set-top boxes for the digitalisation programme.

Transmedia Acting CEO, Matthias Chakanyuka, who led the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media and Broadcasting Services during a tour of transmission sites in Gwanda this Thursday, highlighted the business opportunities emanating from the anticipated demand of over two million set-top boxes.

“Once we roll out our digitalization programme, there will be high demand for set-top boxes. Those which we will purchase using government allocation will not be sufficient…We believe the assessment by this parliamentary committee will unlock more funding for this critical project,” said Matthias Chakanyuka, Transmedia Acting CEO.

Team leader for the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, Honourable Sipho Ndlovu-Mokone noted how their nationwide fact-finding mission will bolster efforts to make up for missed digitalisation timelines.

“We have visited transmission facilities from Mbudzi, Gwanda and tomorrow we are heading to Kamativi as we want to understand the challenges we are facing. We want to achieve that target of installing forty transmission sites across the country to ensure every corner is covered,” said Sipho Ndlovu-Mokone, the Chairperson of Media and Broadcasting Services.

The digitalisation programme will result in the country having increased capacity for more television channels with better picture and audio quality.