Tanzanian analogue switch off starts

By Hudson Kazonta, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tanzania will start today to switch off analogue broadcasting, whereby Dar es Salaam region will be the first to enter into digital broadcasting system at 11.59 PM.

According to the statement issued by Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, the first region to switch off analogue broadcasting system will be Dar es Salaam, which will switch off today.

The second regions will be Dodoma and Tanga which will switch off analogue broadcasting in January 31, 2013.

On 28 February 2013, the analogue broadcasting system will shut down in Mwanza, while Moshi and Arusha will follow on March 31 and April 30, 2013 will see the switch off in the Mbeya region.

The digital broadcasting infrastructures has been made to regions which will be the first to enter into digital broadcasting system, while others  have to wait until infrastructures are ready.

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has insisted that the changing in broadcasting systems from analogue to digital will be conducted smoothly and to avoid inconveniences to people in the country.

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