Cape Verde to begin DTT broadcasting in March

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
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PRAIA, Cape Verde – The president of Cape Verde’s National Communications Agency (Agência Nacional de Comunicações – ANAC) has said that the roll-out of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasting in the country will begin in March this year, with final switch-off of analogue broadcasting planned for 2017.

In an interview with Inforpress, David Gomes, the president of ANAC, said that the implementation of DTT broadcasting was originally to begin in June 2015, but will not now take place until the beginning of March. He said that set-top boxes required to receive digital TV broadcasts on televisions that do not have built-in converter are already available for sale.

The first phase of digital broadcasting will cover the islands of Santiago, Maio, Sao Vicente and Sal, covering 12 of the 22 municipalities of the country, or around 65-70% of the population.

In a second phase the remaining five inhabited islands of the country – Santo Antao, Sao Nicolau, Boa Vista, Fogo and Brava – will be added to increase coverage to around 93-98% of Cape Verde’s inhabitants.