Zambian digital migration to boost investment
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
Zambia’s minister of Communications and Transport says the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting will enable Zambia attract more investors into the telecommunications industry. Yamfwa Mukanga said if Zambia successfully migrated from analogue to digital broadcasting, local and foreign investors would be willing to establish businesses in the country’s telecommunications industry.
“We have received a number of interests from mobile service providers to invest in telecommunications, but as government, we feel there is need to resolve the migration from analogue to digital first, in order to incorporate additional mobile phone service providers,” Mukanga.
But Zambia is yet to come up with the digital migration policy to guide the country’s migration process.
Last month, the Zambian government cancelled a digital migration tender that was awarded to Star Software Technologies of China following corruption allegations in the manner the tender was awarded.
With the digital migration policy not yet in place coupled with the cancellation of digital migration tender, it remains to be seen if Zambia will be able to beat the 2015 dead set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for every country to migrate to digital broadcast.