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UCC switches off analogue TVs in Kampala

Signet Uganda, the company mandated by government to be the sole signal distributor as the country heads towards digital migration, announced June 15 as the date for switch on to digital broadcasting.
16 Jun 2015 11:06

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The Uganda Communications Commission has today effected the switch off of television sets still broadcasting on analogue broadcasting in Kampala.

The rest of the country have till August to switch to digital broadcasting.

This comes ahead of tomorrow\'s deadline of June 17, set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for African countries to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, Fred Otunnu, the communications officer at UCC, confirmed that television sets which have not been tuned to digital terrestrial broadcasting will not be able to receive signal.

Otunnu says those affected are only within Kampala and areas within 65 kilometers radius from the capital city.

\"We want to beat the international deadline. So, if you have not bought a set top box yet, you will not access any television channel,\" Otunnu says.

In the same vein, Signet Uganda, the company mandated by government to be the sole signal distributor as the country heads towards digital migration, switched on Greater Kampala region as one of 18 sites on to digital broadcasting today.

Engineer Sam Batanda says the second phase of the project to cover the 17 sites is ongoing and will be completed by the end of August. In the meantime, areas where these sites fall will continue to operate under analogue broadcasting until installation is complete.

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Eng. BobRich Muhereza, the Deputy Manager of Signet, reveals that some areas within Kampala and Entebbe still face challenges in picking clear signals. He says by the end of June, signal transmission in these areas will be rectified.

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