Digital Migration May Spell TV Blackout For Zambia-Costa Mwansa

Costa Mwansa, General Manager of Zambia's privately owned Muvi TV.

Zambia like many other developing countries is racing against time to meet the much-anticipated deadline for migration or transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.

Come June, 17th, 2015 Zambia will be plunged into television blackout that will surely affect many viewers or simply the majority of our people. This is simply because millions of viewers will be caught up in a scenario that will see television sets unable to work. This is so because Zambia, in 2006, as a signatory agreed, along with more than 100 other countries in the International Telecoms Union (ITU), to stop transmission of television signals in analogue format and move to new internationally acceptable digital standards.

Unlike many African countries, Zambia has not set its domestic target for the transition and subsequently, disaster, manipulation and panic is apparent.

It might be a situation of too little, too late for the country whose digital migration prospects are threatened by the lack of clear implementation mode to facilitate the smooth transition owing to an elusive and uncoordinated publicity from all stakeholders to curtail consumer uncertainty, as the deadline draws near.

The International Telecoms Union (ITU) has in no uncertain terms rejected a proposal by some African countries to have the deadline extended further after a lobby by African Union (AU). This came to light at the recently held 8th Ordinary Session of the General Assembly of the African Union of Broadcasters held in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. This means that impact might be punitive and costly for Zambia and other parts of the continent that seem alien to the digital migration. Ironically, Zambia had even failed to meet the set target by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) deadline of 31st December, 2013 on digital migration but then Permanent Secretary, Amos Malupenga was optimistic that the June, 17th target was to be attained.

We must be an ambitious country that believes so much in miracles and not preparations for something we had been fore warned. Mr. Malupenga had also indicated of the partial migration due to financial challenges that year. The question now is; has that been achieved? Worst still the country has been conducting the dual illumination (Which means the running of analogue and digital side by side) until 2015.

Accordingly, SADC roadmap for digital broadcasting migration was that all member countries were supposed to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting on 31st December, 2013.

This is a fallacy in my opinion because the country should have switched off the analogue signal earlier than anticipated to prepare the people like Kenya and Tanzania have done despite their teething problems. Yes the struggle has been there but at least something has been achieved especially the outstanding issues. Admittedly, there will be confusion in our country. How will people dispose off their televisions that will not be in conformity with the formats? No one seems to be providing the answers………..

There has been no activity built around the transition or migration stages for Zambia that I am aware of. As technical, as it may sound, this global initiative is a reality and that your television set or mine come June, 17th will have no access or pick digital signal, as they will require a “digital adapter” popularly known, as a decoder or set-top boxe required to service every household.

However, distribution for these magic boxes that comes with immense benefits will be challenging to many operators either public or private, as people might be subjected to counterfeit products due to the anxiety around it.The switch over presents with it immense benefits and opportunities for the viewer like you and me in the long term such, as • Digital Television Broadcasting will offer sharper; brighter picture, and reduced interference.

Viewers will also enjoy improved sound quality. • More choice: Digital signals take up much less bandwith and therefore more channels can be broadcast. This will facilitate diverse for the Zambian population including the youth, women and farmers among others. • More access: The Set Top Box (STB) which will be used to receive the digital signal also has the capability to interface with devices such as a cell phone, memory card or internet modem. This will provide viewers with access to many more services and information. • Better viewing pleasure: With analogue you are only able to have standard definition television. With Digital Broadcasting High definition television is possible. High Definition Television is the premium version of digital television, offering picture and sound quality, which is much better than today’s analogue television. The reason is that it offers up to twice the vertical and horizontal resolution of a traditional analog (PAL) signal. The higher resolution picture is particularly suited to large screen television displays. This means that the benefits of HDTV are particularly noticeable on larger screen sets and when using projection equipment. HDTV will be in widescreen format and provide cinema-quality viewing with Dolby surround sound • Electronic Program Guides (EPGs): Electronic Programme Guides (EPGs) are a feature of digital television broadcasting that come fitted in the Set Top Box.

An Electronic Program Guide (EPGs) can be used by viewers to navigate between channels, identify the currently screening program and the next program (‘now and next’) on each channel. More sophisticated EPGs can be used to set reminders for program viewing, provide a short synopsis of the content of programs, identify programming in advance for several days, search for programs by genre, and provide access to some enhancements among others. • Better utilization of frequencies:

A digital signal carries much more data than an analogue signal. Therefore, more than one channel of television programs can be broadcast at the same time. This is known as multi-channeling. This efficient utilization of channels reduces the number of frequencies required for the broadcasting sector. Can the potential disaster be averted at this late hour, certainly not but something can be done to lessen the impact especially if the government admits the existing shortfalls takes the bull by its horns and moves all out to engage all stakeholders both public and private to join forces and act for the good of the country and its citizens.

Television remains a huge platform of information dissemination with great influence on citizens and in this modern day and age the medium cannot be denied to the citizens in a country like Zambia which is building on its democratic credentials. For now let’s wait and see.

Costa Mwansa is a General Manager of Zambia’s privately owned Muvi TV.

 

Comments

comments

113 thoughts on “Digital Migration May Spell TV Blackout For Zambia-Costa Mwansa

  1. Thanks , I’ve recently been searching for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far. However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you certain in regards to the supply?

  2. Thanks a ton for discussing this info, I bookmarked the webpage. I’m also seeking out details about more followers instagram, do you know the place where I might find one thing such as that? I’ll come back soon!

  3. I arrived right here from another web page about instagram and imagined I might as well consider this. I love what I see so I am just following you. Looking forward to going over the blog yet again.

  4. Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  5. I do enjoy the way you have framed this particular situation plus it really does provide me a lot of fodder for consideration. Nevertheless, because of just what I have witnessed, I simply just trust as the actual feedback pile on that men and women stay on point and don’t get started upon a tirade regarding the news du jour. Still, thank you for this excellent point and though I can not really go along with this in totality, I respect the viewpoint.

  6. Roaring engines, enormous sand trails and deep tyre tracks in the dunes: a desert safari is a popular excursion for visitors to Dubai. Race across the blistering hot sand in a large four-wheel drive, or maybe ski down some sand dunes – anything is possible in Dubai.

  7. I just came over here from some other web address on android facetime app and thought I might as well consider this. I enjoy what I see thus now I”m following you. Looking towards finding out about the website yet again.

  8. Hello, i feel that i noticed you visited my website thus i came to “go back the favor”.I am trying to in finding issues to enhance my website!I suppose its ok to use some of your concepts!!

  9. Immediately after I at first still left a remark I seem toward contain clicked upon the -Tell me Even though contemporary responses are excess- checkbox and towards previously upon each and every season a remark is further I recieve 4 e-mails with the identical identical remark.

  10. I was discussing with a good friend of my own about this article and about framaroot new version as well. I feel you made some good points in this article, we’re also looking forward to continue reading stuff from you.

  11. I do consider all the ideas you’ve presented to your post. They’re really convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are very quick for beginners. Could you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  12. TruVision Health Weight Loss Are you looking to lose weight the healthy way? TruVision Health is here to help. We have several naturally based supplements and products designed for …

  13. I was speaking to a buddy of mine about this and even about garageband mac as well. I think you made a few very good points in this case, we’re also looking forward to keep reading material from you.

  14. Hello I am so happy I found your weblog, I really found you by mistake, while I was looking on Askjeeve for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say many thanks for a marvelous post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I donít have time to browse it all at the minute but I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the fantastic job.

  15. Good – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Excellent task..

  16. Hello there, you’re absolutely correct. I always read your content attentively. I am also curious about email password recovery, perhaps you might talk about this from time to time. Have a nice day.

  17. Excellent article and easy to understand explanation. How do I go about getting permission to post part of the article in my upcoming news letter? Giving proper credit to you the author and link to the site would not be a problem.

  18. I do not even understand how I finished up right here, however I assumed this publish was once great. I don’t know who you might be however certainly you’re going to a well-known blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  19. You can definitely see your skills within the paintings you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  20. There’s terrific improvements on the structure of the website, I certainly love this. Mine is dealing with aadhar card update status and presently there are quite a lot of things to be done, I am currently a starter in webpage design. Be careful!

  21. I would like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this site. I’m hoping the same high-grade web site post from you in the upcoming as well. In fact your creative writing skills has encouraged me to get my own site now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings fast. Your write up is a good example of it.

  22. Incredible! Its within truth unbelievable piece of producing, I havegot significantly crystal clear notion above versus this piece of producing.

  23. As I web-site possessor I believe the content matter here is rattling fantastic , appreciate it for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck.

  24. naturally like your web-site but you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I will surely come again again.

  25. You’re completely right, I would love to know new information on that topic! I’m as well fascinated by good desktop computers since I feel it truly is very unique nowadays. Great!

  26. There is awesome changes on the layout of your blog, I really love this! My website is regarding aptoide installer and certainly, there are plenty of things to be done, I’m still a beginner in web design. Take good care!

  27. Appreciating the commitment you invested in your website and comprehensive material you provide. It really is good to find a website every now and then which is just not the same out of date rehashed material. Great read! We’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my own mobdro premium apk webpage.

  28. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also
    with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this
    one nowadays.

  29. Hello there could you inform me which blog platform you’re making use of? I am seeking to start out my very own website on omega xl side effects very soon although I’m having a difficult time making a choice.

  30. Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated information, nonetheless really really worth taking a search, whoa did a single understand about Mid East has got a lot more problerms also

  31. Enjoy the thrill of desert safari which includes the activities and adventures like, Dune Bashing adventure, Overnight Safari, and Hatta Mountain Safari, other activities includes camel riding, sand boarding, 30 minutes of thrilling dune bashing on 4×4 land cruisers, welcome Arabic drinks, tea, coffee, soft drinks, henna painting, Arabian falcon, photography in local Arabian costumes, desert camp, belly dance show, tanoura dance show, fire show, you will also enjoy a buffet dinner with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, barbecue dinner, Dhow cruise is the second visited tour in Dubai; our dhow cruise

  32. At long last, the most clear route in which desert safari deals help you spare cash is on account of desert safari deals offer reduced costs so you can really spare a considerable measure. Distinctive desert safari deals have diverse costs so looking at while picking an appropriate one is really valuable.

  33. The evening time camp is the one other energizing thing with this visit. This is fascinating for individuals who get a kick out of the chance to eat while they will be presented with tasty hot notwithstanding succulent grilled chicken, turkey, hamburger or sheep. Notwithstanding this individuals safari dubai can exploit hip twirling, uncommon fire moving, alongside Tanoura moving exhibitions that can light up a guest’s night making it a specific one that they will treasure for eternity.

  34. Dubai but we offer wonderful rates for Desert Safari UAE as well. Which basically comes down to this: Get in touch with us if you are visiting Dubai or other emirate in the UAE for desert safari best and we will make sure you get the best and the most exhilarating experience.

  35. Best Kona coffee how to guide for coffee beans. Assisting you in your choice, the following are useful steps on best practices picking the best Kona coffee beans. #1 RULE: Never reheat your Kona coffee.

  36. Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated data, nonetheless seriously worth taking a appear, whoa did a single study about Mid East has got much more problerms as well

  37. welcome Arabic drinks, tea, coffee, soft drinks, henna painting, Arabian falcon, photography in local Arabian costumes, desert camp, belly dance show, tanoura dance show, fire show, you will also enjoy a buffet dinner with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, barbecue dinner,

  38. I was speaking with a friend of mine about this and also regarding best bluetooth headphones for running too. I do believe you made a lot of good points here, we’re looking forward to keep reading information from you.

  39. Hello there, you are absolutely correct. I constantly look over your site content thoroughly. I’m furthermore interested in new smartphones, you might talk about that occasionally. See ya.

  40. You’re definitely correct, I’d really like to find out even more on this particular subject! I am also captivated by apps for android phones because I believe it’s very trendy these days. Keep doing this!

  41. Hi there very nice site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally…I am satisfied to search out so many helpful info right here in the post, we’d like develop more techniques in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  42. Kona coffee is so good you’ll be tempted to drive to the Hawaii. Shop our high quality selections of Kona Coffee beans shipped fresh from Kona to your doorstep, no splash required.

  43. It was wonderful to read this info and I feel you are entirely correct. Let me know in the event that you are curious about new upvc windows, this is my primary expertise. I’m hoping to see you in the near future, bye for now!

  44. Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  45. Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated information, nevertheless genuinely worth taking a look, whoa did 1 learn about Mid East has got more problerms at the same time

  46. Hi there could you inform me which platform you’re using? I am looking to get started on my very own blog on Arvind Pandit Kansas soon although I’m having a hard time making the decision.

Leave a Reply