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DTT making great strides in Africa

While only a handful of countries in Africa met the ITU deadline of June 2015 for analogue switch-off, the digital transition has been gathering pace across the continent in the intervening years. DVB has been a trusted partner of the broadcast community in Africa, most recently in helping to design next month''s digital television technology workshop in Johannesburg. The event is free-of-charge for delegations of 1-4 people from outside South Africa.

DVB-T2 is the system of choice for the vast majority of administrations in Africa. Those that launched services prior to 2010 used the then state-of-the-art DVB-T system; all bar one of the rest have adopted DVB-T2. (Botswana decided to adopt the Japanese ISDB-T system, however even there the authorities permit the inclusion of a DVB-T2 decoder in set-top boxes.)

Digital terrestrial television (DTT) is now on air in 28 countries in Africa, with analogue switch-off completed in ten. Beyond the official national systems for free-to-air television, there has also been a surge in the growth of payTV services over DTT.


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