Senegal ready to migrate to digital broadcasting: Amadou Top

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

Digital TV will be present everywhere in Senegal come 17 June 2015 and will bring multiples advantages for everyone.

This is the assurance given on Tuesday by Amadou Top, the executive director of CONTAN, a government-controlled agency tasked to oversee digital migration in Senegal.

”Senegal is ready to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting,” a self-confident Top said, speaking on the sidelines of a DTT forum held in the capital Dakar.

Top said people living in all the countries’ provincial capitals will be able to experience digital broadcasting before the end of April.

TV viewers in many African cities are said to be panicking as the ITU deadline of 17 June 2015 draws near, with millions wondering whether their countries will meet this deadline.

Last week the government of Burkina Faso sadly admitted that it won’t be able to offer its people digital TV content come 17 June.

But there will be no such thing in Senegal as the government has reassured that all is well and will end well.

“It’s only three months to go, but we have done our best to arrive there and reach our goals,” Top said.

He urged broadcasters to stay calm and not be worried about disbursing more money for the process. 

All they will have to do is ready their signals and prepare good content, he said.

The government, he added, will do whatever it can to train journalists, technicians, programme directors, operators and producers on DTT to build their capacity, he said.

 

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