Broadcaster StarTimes has introduced DVB-T2 technology to a host of African countries in a bid to meet its target of providing wholly digital television signal by June 2015.
Every African government is required to switch all telecommunications from analogue to digital signal by the internationally agreed 2015 deadline, so the race is on for private companies to ensure they are able to provide the relevant services.
At the event marking the official launch of DVB-T2 held in Lagos, Nigeria, Eric Liu, Marketing Director of NTA Star TV Network, said the company was streaming digital content with the DVB-T technology in 2010 but has now upgraded the technology to DVB-T2.
This will enable the broadcaster to provide its subscribers a wider range of channels and deliver sharper images with high resolution.
“One of the major advantages of the DVB-T2 is its ability to offer more entertainment because it contains more channels. One frequency on DVB-T2 has the capacity of 25 channels,” he said.
Concerning the price of StarTimes’ services, he said the company has affordability of its services at heart, which he said is in line with the company’s mission.
“StarTimes mission of ensuring every home in Nigeria enjoys affordable digital entertainment is backed by its collaboration with NTA, a strategic partnership that will help Nigeria in actualizing its 2015 digital transition deadline,” Liu said.