USD5.8 billion for digital migration
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
Chinese firm Huawei Technologies, which is earmarked to install Malawi’s Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) equipment to enable the country switch to digital broadcasting, has disclosed that the contract is worth USD5.8 billion.
Malawi’s Coordinator for Digital Migration in the Ministry of Information and Civic Education Dennis Chirwa told the media last week that they Malawi plans to have the first DTT signal by November 1, 2013.
Liu Jiawei, who is a senior official for Huawei told The Daily Times that the company has enough capacity to switch Malawi’s broadcasting system from analogue to digital by the envisaged deadline.
Liu said a team of experts from the company is already in place in the country ready to carry out the job once the deal is finalised.
“The government of Malawi wrote a letter indicating that we have won the bid for to carry out the exercise which takes us into the second phase of the process to discuss and hopefully sign the contract,” Jiawei is quoted as saying.
Jiawei, who said the Chinese firm is also carrying a similar exercise in Namibia, said they are ready and once negotiations with Malawi are over and the contract is signed, they will meet the target.