The Department of Communications and Digital Technology is working to complete the analog shutdown by the end of next month, Minister Humbouzo Ntauheni said on Wednesday.

Ntsauheni stated this when she voted on the budget of the department before the mini-plenum of the National Assembly.

She said the process of digital broadcasting migration is an important step in the digital transformation that is redefining the ICT pathway for South Africa.

“We are pleased to inform esteemed members that we are working to complete the analog shutdown by June 30, 2022, and this is after the Gauteng High Court ruled in support of the completion of the programs. [and] extended the term for the Minister until October 31, 2021 to complete the installation of bailiffs for qualified households that have applied for state support, ”she said.

Ntauheni said the department’s budget of Rs 2.7 billion does not provide for the transmission to the distributor of SENTECH signals for the migration of digital signals and the cost of dual lighting associated with digital migration.

This is because the department has achieved 100 percent digital network coverage and has met all the requirements of the Digital Migration Broadcasting Policy and regulatory requirements that guarantee the end of the dual coverage period.

She said that in addition to 100 percent coverage of the digital network in South Africa, the digital migration program has reached a number of other stages.

This includes:

– Disable 100% or 84 analog M-Net sites; 52 percent or 163 of SABC’s 314 analog sites and 9% or 8 of 93 of e.tv’s analog sites;

– The final shutdown of the analogue regime in five provinces, namely the Free State, the North Cape, the North-West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo;

– In the five provinces where the analogue was switched off, the department completed the reorganization of spectrum (restecking), and in the process, allowing the allocation of spectrum for future technologies and ICASA mobile operators from July 1, 2022; and,

– Currently, the installation of bailiffs is underway in all nine provinces, and the department is trying to complete it by the end of May.

The Analog Switch program supports more than 987 installers and has created more than 14,800 jobs for local residents, mostly young installers. – SAnews.gov.za

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