ZAMBIA will fail to meet the 2013 digital switchover deadline set by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Emmanuel Mwamba has revealed.
He said this in Lusaka yesterday during a meeting with heads of media institutions.
Mr Mwamba was responding to concerns raised by Muvi Television general manager Costa Mwansa, who wondered if the country will beat the deadline to switch from analogue to digital following the cancellation of the tender to supply digital equipment.
“We will miss the 2013 deadline set by SADC but we will definitely meet the international date of 2015,” he said.
Mr Mwamba said the signal carrier will be a state owned enterprise.
“CNN and Multi-Choice are small companies but they are able to transit to the whole world….so the carrier will not necessarily be the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation and this way it [ZNBC], will concentrate on content,” Mr Mwamba said.
He said once the nation goes digital, there will be enough frequencies for both radio and television.