analogue switch-off

  1. Jan

    Vodacom, MTN, Rain comment on digital dividend spectrum becoming available

    South Africa's analogue TV switch-off — Vodacom, MTN, Rain weigh in Sentech has officially switched off all terrestrial analogue television transmissions above 694MHz, and Vodacom, MTN, and Rain are ready to take advantage of the newly-freed spectrum. MyBroadband asked South Africa's major...
  2. Jan

    Analogue TV switch-off delayed again for "consultations" - all the missed deadlines in one handy table

    South Africa's digital TV failure — 12 missed deadlines and almost 12 years late South Africa recently missed its 12th deadline for the switch-off of terrestrial analogue TV broadcasting signals that will mark the completion of the country's migration to vastly superior digital transmissions...
  3. Jan

    Minister announces proposed analogue TV switch-off date, says network quality deteriorating

    Goodbye analogue TV — Hello 4G and 5G The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has proposed 31 March 2023 as the switch-off date for analogue broadcast signals in South Africa. During a media briefing on the progress of the broadcast digital migration programme...
  4. Jan

    Analogue TV switch-off delay interfering with South Africa's 5G rollouts

    Analogue TV switch-off delaying Vodacom and MTN 5G plans Further delays to South Africa's broadcast digital migration is holding back Vodacom's and MTN's rollouts of services on their newly acquired spectrum. The mobile network operators' deployment of additional 4G and 5G capacity is stalling...
  5. Jan

    Minister announces new analogue switch-off plan after ConCourt loss

    South Africa's new plan to switch off analogue TV and release mobile network capacity Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says a new date for South Africa's analogue switch-off will be announced after September 2022. The Constitutional Court declared the department's 30 June 2022...
  6. Hanno Labuschagne

    The ConCourt's digital migration dilemma explained

    The ConCourt's digital migration dilemma explained South Africa’s Constitutional Court has decided to strike down the government’s plans to end old-style analogue television broadcasting at the end of June. The decision upholds the right to information, which poor South Africans would have...
  7. Jan

    South Africa's cellular operators ready to move out of Covid-19 lockdown spectrum

    Mobile operators on track to migrate out of emergency spectrum South African mobile operators are on track to migrate out of their emergency spectrum assignments and start using the frequencies they bought at auction in March. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)...
  8. Jan

    Indoor digital TV antenna tested - it failed

    We tested indoor digital TV antennas and they failed to pick up a single channel MyBroadband bought two indoor television antennas to see if the more expensive "digital" antenna was worth the price difference but ended up not being able to watch anything with either antenna. South Africa's...
  9. Jan

    Minister promises analogue TV switch-off still set for 30 June

    South Africa's analogue TV switch-off on track for 30 June South Africa's last remaining analogue TV signals are ready to be switched off, and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) is waiting for confirmation from the Constitutional Court for the final switch-off...
  10. Jan

    Rain trialled businesses services and is ready to launch

    Rain ready to launch business products — but TV stations need to climb out of its spectrum Rain is trialling new products and packages for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). However, it can't launch until South African broadcasters switch off their analogue TV signals. "Rain will bring a...
  11. Jan

    SABC must submit plan for making money from digital TV - Minister

    SABC must explain how it's going to make money — besides TV licences Communications minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has given the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) until 30 June 2022 to explain how it plans on generating more revenue. She also said her department is working with...
  12. Jan

    Another year, another digital TV deadline missed

    Digital TV in South Africa nearly 11 years late South Africa's digital migration is nearly 11 years behind schedule, with the government missing its initial November 2011 deadline and our commitment to the International Telecommunications Union of 17 July 2015. Digital migration is the process...
  13. Hanno Labuschagne

    Stop derailing digital migration, E-tv — minister of communications

    Stop derailing digital migration, E-tv — minister of communications The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has called on broadcaster E-tv to desist from further attempts to delay South Africa's migration to digital TV. Her comments came in a statement...
  14. Jan

    High court gives E-tv hollow victory in analogue TV switch-off case

    High Court rules to delay analogue TV switch-off The Pretoria High Court has ruled that South Africa must delay switching off old analogue TV broadcasts from 31 March to 30 June 2022. While technically a victory for E-tv owner eMedia against communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, it is...
  15. Jan

    Icasa buys time for spectrum fights to play out

    Full analogue TV switch-off delayed The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has effectively delayed the complete switch-off of analogue TV with the announcement of a “transition period”. Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has set the switch-off date for 31...
  16. Jan

    Minister vs broadcasters - Big fight brewing over analogue TV signals in South Africa

    SABC wants South Africa's analogue TV switch-off delayed — and the minister is having none of it The SABC wants to delay the digital migration process as the rollout of decoder-like digital set-top-boxes has been too slow. According to the SABC, it still supports the digital migration but...
  17. Jan

    Cape Town TV and Right2Know protest analogue TV switch-off

    Protest wants to delay analogue TV switch-off in South Africa Several civil society organisations and a community television channel are campaigning against the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies' plan to switch off all analogue TV signals in South Africa by the end of March...
  18. Jan

    SONA 2022 - More big broadband promises from Ramaphosa

    Back to the Future — Ramaphosa's big broadband promises President Ramaphosa has promised that the government will facilitate broadband rollout by establishing a standard model for municipal approvals. Fibre and mobile network operators must apply for permits from municipalities to dig trenches...
  19. Jan

    Happy anniversary (for 1 November)! 10 years since South Africa first missed digital migration deadline

    A decade late and a dollar short — South Africa's digital TV hamster wheel This year, on 1 November 2021, it was ten years since South Africa missed its first deadline to switch off old analogue TV signals occupying precious radio frequency spectrum. The constant delays have cost South Africa...
  20. Jan

    Digital TV migration in South Africa gets new deadline - January 2022

    Good news for digital TV in South Africa Following more than a decade of delays, South Africa's digital migration is set to be completed in the next four months. This plan was revealed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, during a recent update on...
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