Aochamub satisfied with DTT decoder
Mr Albertus Aochamub, Director General of the NBC said in questions posted to him that Karibib, Usakos, Omaruru, Signalberg, Tsumeb, Grootfontein, Otavi, Gobabis and Epukiro are expected to be completed by December 2014.
All the areas that have switched on are Windhoek with two transmitters, Oshakati and Eenhana also with two transmitters, Rössing Mountain which covers the central coast, Kamanjab with one transmitter, the Paresis and Klein Waterberg transmitters, Katima Mulilo, Opuwo, Western Omusati, Rundu, Keetmanshoop and Mariental.
Aochamub emphasised that in SADC only Mauritius and Tanzania are ahead of them and even then they [the NBC] already cover a larger part of the population with a Digital TV signal in comparison to Tanzania who is at 23% while the NBC is already over 50% before completion.
“In December Namibia would be 6 months ahead of the global deadline of June 2015 and reaching 67% of the population at that point,” he said.
“We are close to the 10,000 mark of DTT decoders sold, which will be reached in a few weeks, and the target set for March 2015 is for sales of 20,000 but we anticipate to reach this target by December 2014,” concluded Aochamub.
The DTT tour is in Opuwo this week and in Mariental on 15 and 16 August, in Keetmanshoop on 17 to 19 August, in Rehoboth on 20 August, Outapi on 22 to 24 August, Ongwediva Trade Fair on 31 August and Omuthia on 1 and 2 September 2014.
The DTT planning for 2015 aims at 22 new transmitters being installed to increase coverage nationwide.
The NBC is currently looking to reach remote and thinly populated areas via satellite to complement DTT coverage. The current DTT programming consists of NBC 1,2 3, One Africa TV and TBN. NBC aims to host more or less 13 channels on the DTT decoder.