Zambia extends DTT tendering

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian government has revealed that it is facing several challenges in implementing digital terrestrial television (DTT) and has since extended the tendering process by about two months.

Currently, the Zambian government is in tendering process in which a bidder is yet to be picked and engaged in the implementation process of DDT for the country.

The tendering process that was supposed to have closed in October 2012 has now been extended to the middle of December 2012 due to a number of challenges surrounding the implementation process.

Amos Malupenga, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting cited financial constraints as one major challenge facing the Zambian government in achieving the implementation of DDT in the country.

Malupenga is however, confident that despite the challenges, Zambia will still be able to switch on to DTT by 2013.

“Despite the tight schedule ahead of the implementation process, government’s commitment and swift response on the exercise remains positive,” Malupenga said.

The extension of the tendering process was only announced last week by Malupenga in Windhoek, Namibia.

This is despite several assurances from the Zambian government that it will be able to beat the 2013 migration deadline.

Malupenga added that the Zambian government has already tasked the Ministry of Finance and National Planning to mobilise financial resources to ensure the success of the project.

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