State Minister for Information and Technology Hon. Nyombi Thembo has called upon Ugandans to ignore the court order issued by Mengo Chief Magistrates Court yesterday directing Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to immediately return to analogue system.
“We have learnt about the so called court order issued by chief magistrates court of Mengo directing UCC to switch back to analogue signal. I would however, like to advise the public to ignore that so called court order with respect to returning to Analogue TV broadcasting. The order is impractical and our (UCC) lawyers are handling the matter with the High Court,” Thembo said today morning on via his official Facebook page.
He added; “I encourage members of public to go and buy Set Top Boxes (STB) as there shall not be return to Analogue in the areas we switched off, period. So ignore the sizzling headlines of New Vision and Monitor publications (also owners of Bukedde and NTV TV stations respectively). We shall push on to ensure that the whole country (where there is analogue footprint currently) is switched off by 31st August 2015 as scheduled.”
Thembo also noted that government recognizes challenges with regard to affordability of STBs- and it is working around these the clock to ensure that we handle them as we go. “I must emphasis that Uganda is not returning to analogue.”
About digital Migration
On 15th June, government switched off analogue signals in greater Kampala area, covering a radius of 65 Kilometers.
The migration will be extended to areas of Arua, Mbarara, Masindi, Masaka, Mbale, Hoima and Kisoro, by 31st July 2015 and areas covering Jinja, Lira, Kiboga, Kabale, Soroti, Gulu, FortPortal, Rukungiri, Ntungamo and Rubirizi by 31st August 2015 respectively.
The switch off is in fulfillment of the Geneva International Telecommunication Union Agreement of 2006, it was required of all affiliated Members countries (including Uganda) to migrate from Analogue to Digital Television broadcasting, not later than 17th July 2015.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which initiated 2006 agreement to migrate from analogue to digital system, is a Global standardisation and regulatory body for Telecommunications, which includes Radio and Television Broadcasting.