5th Phase of Analogue Switch Off
Namibia is amongst the top four countries in SADC that have started with Analogue Switch Off (ASO). The nbc population coverage with a digital television signal stands at 70% ahead of the target of 67% percent by 17 June 2015.
The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) has installed Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transmitters at 28 of its 56 television transmitter sites, most of which have already been commissioned. The broadcaster recently finalised its fourth phase of ASO in the country with the fifth phase to be completed on 31 May 2015 in two days time. The fifth phase of ASO is set to affect the Paresis and Kleinwaterberg transmitters.
The towns which fall under these two transmitters include Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Kalkfeld and all areas 40km around the Paresis Mountain. The towns of Okakarara, Okamatapati, Otumborombong, Osire, Okondjatu, Otjosondu and all areas 50km towards the west and north of the Kleinwaterberg mountain and 100km south and east of it. There are four (4) combined sales outlets including the nbc Otjiwarongo office with nbc digital decoders ready for purchasing. However, the nbc mobile sales teams are inthose areas until 02 June 2015 to once again ensure that no one is left in the dark after the set switch off date of 31 May.
nbc currently has 7 channels on its DTT bouquet with more channels to follow. At present, three (3) channels are locally and internally produced by nbc inclusive of nbc1, nbc2 and nbc3, two (2) channels are from local Namibian broadcasters, one (1) locally owned and produced music channel named THISTV as well as one (1) locally produced educational channel, EDUTV.