MICT to develop digital broadcasting policy framework

12 Dec 2013 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 DEC (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has started developing an appropriate policy framework for digital broadcasting.
This was contained in a media release issued by the Permanent Secretary in the MICT, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana on Monday regarding a Cabinet decision taken at its 13th Ordinary Meeting, which took place on 03 September 2013.
Namibia is in the process of migrating from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting.
In 2006, the International Telecommunications’ Union (ITU) Regional Radi-communications’ Conference (RRC-06) resulted in a digital plan and technical standards for migrating to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (known as GE-06).
Namibia, as a member of the ITU, is a signatory to the GE-06 agreement.
“Namibia has committed itself to migrating all existing analogue terrestrial broadcasting services to DTT by 17 June 2015,” the statement said.
The deadline for the migration to digital broadcasting is June 2015.
The technical aspects of the transmission are being addressed, with the procurement process having being initiated.
“There is, however, a need to address the policy implications for migration to digital broadcasting as the migration process is very complex, and the realisation of potential benefits depend on an appropriate policy framework, hence the ministry’s decision to develop such a policy.
In order for the MICT to deal with the potential benefits and challenges brought about by digital broadcasting, a national policy which will provide broader guidance to all stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, consumers, broadcasters and other players in the communication sector, is necessary”, the statement added.