Zim misses digitalisation deadline

Zimbabwe has missed the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) deadline to digitalise local broadcasting by June 2015.

Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo

Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo

The deadline expires today.

The failure to digitalise within the set time limits flies in the face of information minister, Jonathan Moyo, who has been upbeat about Zimbabwe’s readiness to migrate from analogue to digital.

“We are set for digitalisation by June 2015. The money is there and nothing will stop us,” Moyo told journalists recently.

He challenged the media to ready itself for the “momentous” digitalisation which he said would create many opportunities for journalists and media owners.

However, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is still struggling with the installation of the little available equipment that has been availed so far.

Zimbabwe bought digital transmission equipment worth $6 million using part of a $125 million facility signed between the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe and China’s Huawei International.

Part of that equipment is what BAZ is installing at various sites in the country.

BAZ chief executive officer, Obert Muganyura, blamed restrictive measures that Zimbabwe was slapped with for government’s failure to digitalise.

He said the measures had hampered BAZ’s capacity to send money to equipment suppliers.

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