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By Edris Kisambira
January 2011 is the date set by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for the switchover transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting.

Should Uganda successfully see this timeline through, it would have achieved the switchover three years ahead of the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) set deadline of December 2015.

“January 2011 is digital switch-on but the analogue and digital systems will run together in what we have called a simulcast period but by December 2012, all analogue systems will be switched off,” Patrick Mwesigwa, the technical director UCC said at a national consultative meeting that was called to discuss the migration plan.

After the switchover, the broadcasters will offer the audience programme diversity, better content, high quality video and will incur lower operating costs through use of compression technology and it will enable radio and TV broadcasters to share infrastructure.

There would also be more channels available, it would enable e-government services, upgrade of broadcasting infrastructure and the costs of maintaining the analogue signal and its distribution shall escalate with the passing of time, with no new analogue signal transmission technology being manufactured.

Uganda has opted for the phased approach to shut-off analogue region by region like has been the case in Germany and France. UCC will license one other signal distributor in addition to national broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation – only if it meets regulatory conditions.

The full article shall be available in I-Network's upcoming newsletter.

This past weekend (13th and 14th June) saw the USA doing their switchover. Stories on the anticpated results can be read here . (opens new window)

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