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Sentech on the hunt for set-top box developers

The state-owned entity advertises for manufacturers to co-develop, supply and deliver feature-rich set-top boxes for digital terrestrial TV, direct-to-home and IP networks.

May 18, 2021

Set-top box delivery still a ‘drop in the ocean’, says acting director-general

The communications ministry’s acting DG reveals that just over 600 000 set-top box installations have been done as part of the digital migration.


South Africa’s not-so-great digital migration trek plods on

Despite a mooted analogue switch-off target of 2021, government still needs to migrate 3.5 million South African households to digital TV.


Comms ministry kicks-off digital TV public awareness

The department prepares campaigns in the Free State and Northern Cape, to encourage qualifying households to apply for government-subsidised set-top boxes.


USAASA suspends officials amid digital migration investigation

The agency places six officials on precautionary suspension following a preliminary investigation into irregularities relating to digital migration.


USAASA spends R5m a month on set-top box storage

The state-owned company looks to install over 800 000 digital migration decoders by next March, and courts signal distributor Sentech to help with project management.

Mar 9, 2020

Industry body wants MultiChoice prosecuted over DTV ‘shenanigans’

NAMEC launches a scathing attack on the giant pay-TV operator over accusations levelled against it at the state capture inquiry.

Feb 26, 2020

Yunus Carrim drops MultiChoice digital TV bombshell

The former communications minister tells the State Capture Inquiry that MultiChoice took a hard-line stance against the rollout of signal encryption.


Numbers don’t lie: Government’s slow crawl to digital TV

In five years, only 500 000 qualifying households out of nearly five million have been connected to digital TV decoders.

Dec 18, 2019

Govt switches up set-top box installation model

Local municipalities will appoint set-top box installers for the remaining decoder installations, as government looks to fast-track SA’s digital migration.

Nov 15, 2019

ICT Tenders – Rolling out set-top boxes

This week’s National Tender Bulletin sees USAASA preparing for the installation of digital terrestrial television.

Sep 20, 2019

R1bn set-top box stock sitting at USAASA warehouses

The agency’s acting CEO looks to distribute a million set-top boxes, which are costing government R56 million annually in storage fees.

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