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17 January 2011

Digital Roll-out

THE Department of Communications has reiterated its plans to involve black companies in the manufacturing of digital TV decoders through possible subsidies or incentives to companies that lack funds and resources.

SA along with the rest of southern Africa is switching to broadcasting a digital signal, as required by the International Telecommunication Union, and are to use the advanced European technology standard called digital video broadcasting terrestrial2 (DVB-T2). Users will require set-top boxes or decoders to receive the digital signal.

A department official said it had formed an interministerial process with the departments of trade and industry, science and technology and the Treasury to seek ways to help small black manufacturing companies become involved in the manufacturing process, possibly by incentives or through financial aid.

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