South Africa's analogue switch-off moves out to 2013

Monday, February 15th, 2010
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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has issued new Digital Migration Regulations. The new regulations update the schedule for digital terrestrial TV (DTT) roll-out in the country.

The new plans include a three year period of “dual illumination”, where both analogue and digital services are broadcast simultaneously, before analogue switch-off. ICASA will give 60 days notice before the start of this period.

This means that switch-off in South Africa will not occur before April 2013 assuming that the 60-day notice is given this month. This represents a further slippage from the target of April 2012 set by ICASA, which itself was a delay from the original November 1st, 2011 deadline set by South Africa’s Cabinet.

Digital Migration Regulations
Reasons Document on Digital Migration