Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) migration is a never-ending project with an undetermined cost to taxpayers. This is according to Marian Shinn, DA Shadow Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
She said that apart from the unknown cost, the complexities of qualifying households which will receive five million set top boxes from the government will cause big delays.
“The uncertainty of the distribution chain and installation will delay, for at least another three years, the release of digital dividend spectrum,” said Shinn.
She added that the delay in releasing the relevant spectrum, which is needed to provide better broadband in South Africa, has incalculable costs to economic growth.
“The delay also inhibits government’s ability to roll out e-Government services, particularly to rural areas.”
South Africa failed to meet the international deadline for the DTT switchover in June. According to the International Telecommunications Union website, SA lagged behind its neighbours as not having started the process.