Kigali — The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has announced that the progressive migration from analogue to digital Terrestrial broadcasting is going to take nine months.
This puts Rwanda at the forefront amongst its peers in the region on implementing the migration.
The regulator says that starting with March till December this year, the national broadcaster ORINFOR shall be broadcasting both analogue and digital signals to allow viewers on both signals to continue receiving Television channels.
"We have planned for at least three months where we have two signals being broadcasted, at the end of June only then we will start switching off analogue signals but it is going to be progressive," Francois Gatarayiha, the Director General at RURA said. Gatarayiha added that the switch off will be phased and according to broadcasters, the first analogue switch off will be on 1st July this year till December 2013 where the last signal will be switched off."So this is the approach we are taking, during this whole progressive switch off, we will be monitoring the whole uptake in the country," he said adding that the regulator will be encouraging the business community to import STBs (Set Top Boxes) especially in the areas of Kigali city.
Set Top Boxes are converters that allow analogue TV sets to pick Digital signals which the regulator says their unavailability delayed the migration.