The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has signed a three-year agreement with continental satellite services provider Eutelsat Commutations to facilitate the process of migration to digital broadcasting in the country.
Under the agreement, Zimbabwe will be provided with capacity to deliver 12 free-to-view-channels to 48 Digital Terrestrial Television transmitters which will enable Zimbabwean viewers to have a wider choice of television stations and programmes as well as improved picture quality.
Commenting on the deal, BAZ chief executive Obert Muganyura said here Thursday: With this Eutelsat partnership and our project partners, the stage is set for Zimbabwe to accelerate the transition from analogue to digital TV in order to deliver improved service to viewers nationwide.
“Access to EUTELSAT 3B will transform our country into a nationwide provider of digital broadcast services.”
Eutelsat’s chief commercial and development officer Michel Azibert said the contract marked his company’s first step in participation in the country’s digitalisation process.
“We are delighted to see Eutelsat 3B’s increasing weight in the African landscape and to be part of this continent-wide movement to digital,” he said.
The BAZ is working with Transmedia, the country’s signal carrier as well as national broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation to ensure success of the country’s digitisation process.
State of the art equipment has already been purchased and is being installed by the various institutions involved in the process towards fulfilment of the digitalisation objective.
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