Malawi switches to digital TV transmission: Set-top-box now K15,000

Malawi government has further reduced the price of Set Top Boxes (STBs)—hours after rolling out the digital television transmission—to enable more people have access to the gadgets.

Set-top-box now selling at K15,000

Set-top-box now selling at K15,000

Nankhumwa: Switches off anaologue  and turns on digitial television

Nankhumwa: Switches off anaologue and turns on digitial television

The STB gadget has been reduced from K20,000 to K15,000. The initial price was K25,000.

Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa said the Digital Terrestrial Transmission has come to stay and Malawi cannot afford to remain behind technologically

He therefore urged people to move towards the digital age.

Malawi officially rolled out digital terrestrial television on Wednesday, June 17 2015 in concert with the worldwide switch off of analogue television.

Through the digital transmission, government is promising more channels and better pictures from the country’s 17 television stations.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) put June 17 as the digital switchover deadline.

However, Malawi and other Malawi and other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc started the movement from analogue to digital on December 13, 2013.

“The Set -Top Box is the only gadget that would ably help Malawians watch televisions beyond June 2015 with quality pictures.

“Digital broadcasting will be cheap, faster and productive to all Malawians apart from improving delivery of broadcasting services for both radio and television,” said Dennis Chirwa, coordinator of the project in the Information Ministry.

According to him, Malawians will have no choice apart from STB gadget that will be decoding digital signal to allow the channels to be displayed on the television set.

“More channels are available on the digital transmission with a faster response as compared to that of the analogue broadcasting,” said Chirwa.

The decoders are being sold through Malawi Postal offices.

According to him, government installed the Digital network control centre in Lilongwe and Sub control centre in Blantyre to enable television broadcasters (Content Providers) not travel long distance to submit their signal to the network.

“Malawi established the Malawi Digital Broadcast Network Limited (MDBNL) to provide signals to all television stations in the country. Currently transmitters have been installed in Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Zomba and Blantyre.

“This has given us a coverage of 55% of Malawi population. It should be noted that this percentage is quite high if we compare to the analogue penetration of 47%,” said Chirwa.

Plans are that by December 31 this year, all districts will have the digital platform.

“Digital television is about content on the platform. For television to remain competitive they need to have good content,” he emphasized.

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Kod mukhala ma channels angat?? nanga tizilipiranso kapena za ulere?? ka price akonso takatsitsenikoso kafike pa 7500 muganizirenso ife akumuzife..


zoonadi amalawi mukusogola komabe we are lucking full infomation regarding box.wont there be any subscription fee or it will be just free as previously used to


yes this is a great achievement in technology but tell us the installation charges ?


Have we really migrated or anthunu munangopita ku Mzuzu kukamwa mowa? Why are these meetings being conducted in BT? What is this am hearing about re-launch of Digital Migration to be done in Blantyre for failing to switch the migration? Kungofuna kuti a Malawi tithamangile kugula ma STB anuwo ndicholinga chotikawa basi.

Thoko Elliot

Mukufuna tigule ma STB anuwo kuti tizionera pa program anu ofoilawo? Ma program onse achizungu kupatulapo tikufelanji basi! kodi a MBC mumaona ngati kumalawi kuno ndikumangalande? Kapena mumafuna aziona azungu amene amamva zizungungu zanuzo? poor grammar and even spellings! Ndikwiyatu! kkkkkk Any way its a welcome development but u need to work out on your programs musamatichititse manyazi pilizi!


Tifunse nanga tizionera ma channel onse akumalawi? If so congrat………..
Komanso atchipitsebe akumudzi akwanitse kugula azionera nawonso tabwino tabwino coz zambiri zimawabutsa

Mercy Bauleni
I like the idea of Digital Migration as a way to go in this world of technology to be more precise 21st century. However, I am not fully conversant with the idea of government selling the STB gadgets. There are still some more gray areas that the government has not said. In the first place where will the proceeds go? Who is supplying the gadgets? What if one gets a similar gadget but not from Malawi government? I am not trying to advocate for free STB gadgets to the citizenry, but I dont trust our government with monetary issues. At… Read more »

Apa nde tiyambe kulipira TV lisence tsopano Kkkkkkkk

dot com

congrats MBC. now we can watch those boring shows in clear pictures

Dziko Langa

Ndagula kale koma ndikaibweza

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