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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Digital Switch Over: Malawi under pressure to deliver

Stakeholders and concerned Malawians have raised concerns over the slow pace at which the company handling digital migration in the country is going about the process, ITRealms reports.

This is even as Malawi's government has stressed urgency in beating the June 2015 digital migration deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Malawian government, earlier set up a company called the 'Malawi Digital Broadcasting Network' to be responsible for the switchover.

ITRealms  gathered that Malawi's minister of information, Kondwani Nankhumwa, disclosed that while the company has already named a board of directors, the company is still not operational and the board, yet to meet with him.

Also ITRealms  checks indicate that the Malawian government also claims it has put in place all the necessary technical requirements for the switchover but that the uptake of set top boxes (STBs) by Malawians has not been sufficient.

"I will make sure that the company starts work so that it should take over all the activities to do with digital migration so that Malawi meets the deadline on the completion of the process," Nankhumwa said.

Chukwudi Obi
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