In the State of the Nation address on Thursday, February 11, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged that the digital migration process will be completed by the end of March 2022.
“Completing the digital migration is vital to our ability to effectively exploit the enormous opportunities offered by technological change. After many delays, we will begin phasing out our analog TV transmitters from next month. It is expected that this process, which will be done province by province, will be completed by the end of March 2022 ”, declared Ramaphosa.
Digital migration was originally slated for completion in November 2011. Corruption, greed, mismanagement and numerous incompetence are to blame for the ten-year delay.
In 2015, the South African government missed the target of ITU’s international analogue broadcast deactivation deadline. Since then, the attitude regarding the effective implementation of this program has been low on the government’s to-do list.
President Ramaphosa has now “assured” that this will be done by the end of March next year.
“We hope that the ongoing licensing litigation will provide legal certainty and not unduly delay the spectrum auction process,” Ramaphosa continued.
And again, we wait with baited breath.