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State-owned broadcasting signal distributor Sentech has completed the rollout of South Africa’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) infrastructure.

This involved the upgrading of 178 transmitter stations nationwide.

“The last of Sentech’s DTT migration sites situated in Napier, Western Cape was switched on yesterday afternoon, thus ensuring the digital terrestrial population coverage to be 84.23% and the geographic coverage 57.99%,” Sentech said.

Those not covered by the DTT signal will instead receive their TV signal via a direct-to-home satellite service, which Sentech said is already available.

“It has been an intensive and fruitful journey for us, we have come a long way from our first transmitter switch on in the DVB-T2 standard in the 2011/2012 financial year,” said Setumo Mohapi, CEO of Sentech.

Mohapi said the fact that Sentech’s DTT build was completed just after Cabinet approved the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy was “opportune”.

“From this point on, we will be focusing on stabilization and testing of the network in order to ensure commercial readiness.”

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