Friday April 19 2013

Kampala ready for digital TV switch, says UCC


Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has said the transition from using the analogue television signal to digital is on course with major milestones likely to be attained by mid this year.

The commission confirmed the arrival of the different equipment in the country including digital transmitters that will be used to implement the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting in Kampala and areas in a radius of 150 kilometres from the city.

“… All the equipment is already in the country. We expect to have this process completed before end of June,” Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director of UCC, told the Daily Monitor this week.

Company paid
UCC paid Harris Corporation $2 million (about Shs5.2 billion), last year to digitalise Kampala and its neighbourhood.
This comes amidst delays mainly attributed to limited funding, contradictions and fights between UCC-the regulator and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC)-the licensed signal distributor.

Switching on Kampala and its environs had first been planned for December 31st 2012, before being postponed to April and now June 2013. Even when the first phase of migration is implemented by June, UBC the registered sole signal distributor is underfunded; thus, incapable of completing the process.