Only six MEA countries meet digital switchover deadline

There are twelve countries in the region that have not started the process
Haoulin Zhao, secretary general at the ITU.
Haoulin Zhao, secretary general at the ITU.

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The ITU has published that only Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Republic of Rwanda, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates are the countries in the Middle East and Africa region that have completed the digital switchover.

Central African Republic, Union of the Comoros, Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, Sierra Leone and South Africa have not started the process, says the ITU.

The deadline for the switchover from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), set at 00:01 UTC on 17 June 2015, heralds the development of ‘all-digital’ terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television for 119 countries belonging to ITU Region-1(Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia) and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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The 17 June deadline for switching off analogue television broadcasting in the UHF band was set by ITU Member States at the Regional Radiocommunication Conference in 2006, known as the GE06 Regional Agreement. Several countries that are party to the GE06 Agreement, as well as many who are not, have already made the transition.

The ITU has published a list with the Status of the transition to digital terrestrial television broadcasting. You can check it here.

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