Mozambique will start turning off analogue television transmitters next Monday (September 27th) as the country transitions to the digital era, the National Institute of Communications (INCM) announced.
According to INCM, 15 transmitters located in the cities of Maputo, Nampula, and Tete will be turned off, followed by another 14 transmitters in remote areas in the second phase.
“The disconnection will be carried out in places where the digital signal and decoders are available,” the statement said.
The open digital terrestrial television signal in the country was inaugurated on 8 October 2020, in the city of Beira, by the country’s president, Filipe Nyusi.
“Our goal is to increase territorial coverage to 85% in 2024” and “start the migration of sound broadcasting,” he explained then, calling for detailed studies so that the analogue switch-off is not “a factor of exclusion”.
The migration from analogue to digital broadcasting is being undertaken with $156 million (€127 million) in funding from China. The network combines 60 relays spread across provincial capitals and several districts, starting with 18 open channels.