Africa Market Briefing 2013

africa2_africa 30/10/2013 09:33 Page 1 AdvancedTelevision Africa Market Briefing 2013 Africa set to deploy digital television orty-seven sub-Saharan African countries have agreed on frequency coordination to enable digital switchover in 2015 The consolidation of national plans to implement the digital switchover in the African region meets the deadlines of June 2015 (for UHF) and June 2020 (for VHF in 33 countries) set in 2006 by ITU’s Regional Radiocommunication Conference (RRC-06), which adopted the GE06 TV Plan. This landmark also makes Africa the first region to be in a position in 2015 to allocate bandwidth freed up by the transition to digi- F tal television – the so-called ‘digital dividend’ – to mobile services for both the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands. Decisions of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) to facilitate availability of the digital dividend to mobile will be effective with some technical refinements immediately after the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015 (WRC-15). ITU secretary-general Hamadoun I. Touré (left) expressed his appreciation for the high level of cooperation from the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and its SecretaryGeneral, Abdoulkarim Soumaila. François Rancy, director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, announced that sub-Saharan African countries have submitted