Malawi has switched from analogue to digital broadcasting following an analogue switch-off ceremony that was conducted by the minister of information, Gospel Kazako, at Liwonde in Machinga.
According to the minister, the migration from analogue to digital will offer more opportunities for the broadcasting industry, leading to meaningful contribution to the country’s social and economic development.
“The digital migration will expand the broadcasting industry to allow new entrants and enhance competition in the industry,” Kazako added.
Charles Thangalimodzi, president of the Association of Content Providers in Malawi, said: “Digital broadcasting will help broadcasters offer high-quality service to viewers. However, the government should reduce taxes for broadcasting equipment as many television stations are already struggling with revenue generation.”
Benson Tembo, technical advisor at the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority, added: “The digital platform will allow more than 20 broadcasters to operate on one frequency. The regulatory authority will provide multiple frequencies to different role players in the ICT industry. This will ensure information accessibility, which is the fundamental principle of democracy.”
Malawi has been confirmed as one of eight African countries that has moved from analogue to digital broadcasting, according to trade reports. The others include South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Morocco, Namibia and Egypt.