South Africa to launch satellite for HDTV by 2010
Friday, May 25th, 2007

Sentech intends to launch at least one High Definition Television (HDTV) satellite channel in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, South African Minister of Communications Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced yesterday. Speaking during the debate on her department’s budget vote, Dr Matsepe-Casaburri said Sentech would also build a second teleport to provide additional capacity needed for the 2010 satellite uplink requirement.

Sentech, she said, was on schedule to meet Government’s commitment by providing about 80 percent Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) coverage by the start of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. In line with the technology plan for 2010, the SABC plans to have six more High Definition Units in place by end of 2009.

Cabinet approved the move for the Digital Migration process to be switched on by 1 November 2008. The analogue signal should be switched off on the same date in 2011. The minister said there would be Set Top Boxes in order to give all people access to digital signals using their analogue TVs. South Africa will begin growing Set Top Box manufacturing capability, and create jobs also in the installation, maintenance and repair of these.

(Source: BuaNews)