Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has spelt out the need to accelerate digital migration policy, appointing an executive at signal distribution agency Sentech to manage the analogue switch-off. Aldred Dreyer will lead the department’s project management office and the entire digital migration project in the country. SA already lags much of Africa on digital migration and missed the 2015 International Telecommunications Union deadline to switch its signal to digital. This means the union no longer protects SA’s analogue signal and people living in border areas could experience signal interruptions. The delay in the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has frustrated many players in the information and communications technology sector who are desperate for additional spectrum. Digital migration is crucial for freeing up broadband spectrum, which will boost connectivity. The government now hopes to finalise the migration process by the end of the 2019-20 financial ye...

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