SADC adopts DVB-T2
COMPUTINGBy BiztechAfrica - Jan. 12, 2012, 12:18 p.m.
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
After the recommendation of the Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC) Ministers of Information Communication Technology (ICT), the region has selected the Digital Video Broadcasting T2 or DVB-T2, as the digital tTerrestrial broadcasting standard of choice.
According to sources at SADC, the latest version of the European standard was selected over that of the (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting) ISDB-T. Following this recommendation, countries like South Africa and Mozambique, have since adopted the standard. Currently 12 out of 15 SADC countries have adopted DVB.
The shift from analogue broadcasting to digital broadcasting has seen a global, deadline of 2015. The SADC deadline for analogue switch off is at 31 December 2013. Those who would have not switched to digital television will then need the set top box to achieve viewing capability. However, it is not sure yet how much these set to boxes are to cost, but South Africa has made plans to subsidise the “poorest of the poor.”
The decision to adopt DVB-T2 comes amid other choices such as the ISDB-T used in countries such as Brazil and Japan, after the former adopted and modified the Japanese standard. DVB-T is commonly used throughout Europe and other parts of Africa and has MPEG4 compression.
The predecessor of DVB-T2 was initially accepted by SADC in 2006 and the technological developments into the T2 version were said to be factors contributing to the lengthy decision process experienced in the SADC secretarial corridors. It is also assumed that another factor was that of the lobbying for ISDB-T on behalf of Brazil and Japan.
Meanwhile, media reports confirm that SADC has put together a special team to evaluate and decide on digital TV migration processes for the entire region. The announcement is said to have been influenced by the review committee which had been pondering over the digital TV migration standards in lengthy discussions. Joel Kaapanda, chairperson of the committee, said the decision was based on the deadline approach as well as the fact that other standards had not yet been tested in compliance with the Geneva Agreement.
“This final decision brought relief after concerns were raised when the DVB-T was questioned, as many had already started the migration process. According to information reaching biztechafrica.com, SADC suggests that those already into the process of migration to DVB-T, although fine for now, will eventually have to switch to the newer version and the regional body is urging those who haven’t to comply with the region’s choice of standard.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Kenya private schools gear up for connected classroomsKenya’s private schools, in conjunction with technology companies Microsoft, Intel, Safaricom and Mitsumi, have partnered to take affordable gadgets and learning solutions to all private schools across the country. Read More
Huawei Technologies Zambia gives K263, 000 to charitable organisationsMore effective corporate social responsibility programmes are needed to help struggling communities in Zambia, according to Huawei Technology Zambia. Read More
Cisco unveils top 6 global tech trendsCisco has unveiled what it predicts will be the top six technology trends in the foreseeable future. Read More
Frost & Sullivan lauds ZTE Green Power solutionsFrost & Sullivan has recognised ZTE Corporation with the 2013 Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership, for its power solutions addressing many of the challenges facing the African continent. Read More
Choosing the best printer for your business needsHeinrich Pretorius, OKI Product Specialist at DCC, advises on choosing an office printer. Read More
MasterCard enters seven new markets in AfricaMasterCard today announced its expansion into seven new markets across Central and West Africa, increasing its acceptance footprint across the continent and securing a number of strategic agreements. Read More
Cloudy with a chance of dataThe cloud has shifted from a vague concept to a much needed solution that’s influencing the evolution of the business, says Andrew Oldfield, Director Emerging Markets, Panduit. Read More
Server Load Balancing makes sense for the SMB tooThe business case for server load balancing makes sense for small and medium businesses, says Desmond Pillay, Africa Sales Country Manager at KEMP Technologies. Read More
Microsoft invests $75m in Nigeria, South Africa, othersMicrosoft says it has invested $75 million in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other African countries. Read More
FEATURED STORYMACRA demystifies spectrum management
Malawi's regulator explains the issues around spectrum allocation. Gregory Gondwe reports.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHYouthConnekt launches Mobile Apps for Human Development Challenge in Rwanda
Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT and the UNDP, in close collaboration with Motorola Solutions, will power a Mobile App Challenge that will be implemented by YouthConnekt.