Communications minister will make sure set-top boxes are encrypted

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has vowed to ensure government-subsidised set-top boxes (STBs) used to receive the digital TV signal will be encrypted.

According to a report by BusinessDay, Dlodlo said she will implement the ANC’s policy on the matter.

The minister’s statement comes after Former Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi had her appeal against an SCA judgment upheld regarding STB encryption.

The Constitutional Court ruled that the 2015 Broadcasting Digital Migration policy was lawfully determined, meaning that state-sponsored set-top boxes without encryption capabilities can be distributed to households.

South Africa’s digital migration process is being held up by the delay in the distribution of the STBs, after having suffered multiple delays over the past decade.

The completion of the digital migration process will free up valuable spectrum, which broadband providers can use to increase connectivity in the country.

Now read: MultiChoice welcomes judgement on digital TV encryption

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