Malawi switches off  analogue to tune digital broadcasting

Malawi has finally shut down analogue broadcasting and has now migrated to digital broadcasting service.

from analogue to digital broadcasting

Digital migration is an outcome of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Regional Radio Communications Conference agreement held in 2006 to facilitate the migration of broadcasting services from analogue to digital.

from analogue to digital broadcasting

The official switching off exercise took place at Liwonde in Machinga where the Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako, conducted the switch.

Kazako said the migration to digital will open up more opportunities for Malawian broadcasters to expand the broadcasting industry to its full potential.

“The official switch off for Analogue will help the broadcasting industry to become more innovative and creative,” said Kazako.

President of the Association for Content Providers in Malawi, Pastor Charles Thangalimodzi, has hailed Government for switching off Analogue to Digital. He however asked the Government to consider removing taxes on television equipment.

According to Macra Technical Advisor on Digital Migration, Benson Tembo, the complete switch off from Analogue will create more space for broadcasting stations to have their frequency on the spectrum.

The Government of Malawi signed the International Telecommunications Union in 2006 to migrate from Analogue to Digital. But the Government of Malawi initiated the process in 2010. In 2016 the country started switching to Digital in the Northern and Eastern Regions.

Digital migration enables clear pictures and great sound to viewers as well as present them with opportunity to have a variety of channels for their viewing pleasure.

Some of the television stations that have their signal to the network include Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Times and Zodiak.

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Russie
Russie
1 month ago

Who benefits from this migration? Definitely, the Indian companies. How did the Indians manage to kill home-grown MBC? Azam rules the TV waves. We need analog tv to reach the extremities of Malawi. People can’t afford decoders. Business is not growing because advertisements can’t reach the majority of Malawians who can’t afford a Chinese or Indian decoder. Think about the majority and the economy – not yourself.

Wachiona Ndani
Wachiona Ndani
1 month ago
Reply to  Russie

If one can afford a TV set, one can afford a decoder. Technology is advancing so fast, Madala, that analogue broadcasting is obsolete. You want Malawi to be the only country in the world to be using ancient tech? Digital broadcasting is more effective, more “efficient”, and cheaper.

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