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experience Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) in the country fol-

ensure 100 percent DTT access for South African citizens.

lowing the unveiling of the registration process for set-top

SENTECH’s CEO Mlamli Booi said, “It is an honour for SEN-

boxes (STBs) in the area on 3 October, last year by Minister

TECH to be a part of this milestone event and we remain

Muthambi.

committed to ensuring connected citizens through a digital

Subsequent to this, the Minister launched the first installa-

network.

tion of government subsidised STBs in Keimoes in Decem-

“The migration from analogue to digital TV presents more

ber 2015. Government will be rolling out subsidised STBs

opportunities for broadcasters in terms of content prolifera-

in a provincial phased approach. It has already started in

tion and affords South African audiences a wider range of

the Northern Cape and Limpopo.

higher quality television channels. The DTT platform is also

More registrations are underway in the Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Poor households who qualify for the government subsidy are urged to register for free STBs at their local Post Office branches.

an alternate revenue stream within SENTECH’s broadcasting signal distribution services”. SENTECH was mandated to enable the DTT Contact Centre to assist the general public with technical and logistics

Registrations will open in the North West, Eastern Cape,

related questions such as decoder activation process, in-

KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng at a later stage.

stallation troubleshooting and general DTT roll out infor-

The ASO forms part of the country’s Broadcasting Digital

mation.

Migration (BDM) process.

SENTECH SENTECH, the state-owned broadcasting signal distributor,

To deliver on its mandate, the DTT Contact Centre administers all inbound calls to provide South African audiences DTT support by channelling all DTT queries to the relevant digital migration stakeholders.

fulfilled its mandate by concluding its DTT infrastructure in-

The DTT Contact Centre has been instrumental in en-

stallation process of the 178 transmitter stations nationwide

suring an average of 99 percent activations within the

and Direct-To-Home (DTH) broadcasting infrastructure to

Northern Cape’s SKA areas.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi with some of the beneficiaries of the first phase of ASO in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape.

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