The government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) recently launched the Tunga TV digital migration initiative to encourage digital migration in the country.
“Tunga TV” is an initiative is encouraging the public to buy affordable digital TV sets, Set Top Boxes (STB’s) presently available in the country. Both the private and public sector are drumming support for the move to digital.
Beginning from the Gisagara District in Southern Province, the move is set to bear fruit.
According to Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana: “We have a partnership with the private sector especially TV sets dealers and banks we want to see how they can help Rwandans to get TV sets in paying them installments, this will increase the number of TV owners.”
Apart from working with banks and introducing installment purchases those who won’t afford will have access to community TV centres. Rwanda’s national broadcaster (ORINFOR) is also broadcasting both analogue and digital signal a move that will encourage those who haven’t bought the set-top boxes to buy them to experience the same image quality and clarity instead of waiting for the switchover.
The “Tunga TV” initiative is being supported by the Ministry of Youth and ICT, the Ministry of Local Government, the Rwanda Information Agency (ORINFOR), Rwanda Development Board and private sector broadcasters and other multimedia firms.
The deadline for migration from analogue to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting was set to June 2015 by the ITU Regional Radio communication Conference of 2006 in Geneva.