Dec-15 is revised start date for analogue-to-digital TV switchover

2 Oct 2015

In a process with knock-on benefits for the mobile broadband sector, Benin’s ICT minister Etienne Kossi has announced that Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) will be available by the end of 2015. Kossi explained that December is the new deadline set by the Beninese government to begin the process of analogue-to-digital TV migration, Telecompaper reports. A national commission involving all stakeholders is coordinating the digital migration process in order to meet the new deadline.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that the former ICT Minister Jean Dansou enacted Benin’s law on analogue-to-digital broadcasting transition on 30 September 2014. Dansou had also declared in December 2014 that Benin would meet the deadlines set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in partnership with the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) regarding digital switchover (June 2015 for UHF services and June 2020 for VHF in certain countries), with the by-product of freeing up the ‘digital dividend’ 700MHz-800MHz spectrum bands for 4G LTE mobile broadband networks, potentially from 2016.