State-owned Rwanda Television (TVR) set to migrate from analogue broadcasting to digital before 2015.
As part of Rwandan Government’s efforts to improve broadcast media industry in Rwanda, Rwanda Information Office (ORINFOR), the country’s sole national broadcasting corporation is set to offer digital transmission, switching from traditional analogue broadcasting to digital broadcasting.
The move is in line with the 2015 deadline for African countries to switch off the analogue platform.The government of Rwanda has provided to the state–owned broadcaster with the necessary infrastructure to complete the project ahead of the 2012 East African deadline as agreed upon under the East African Communication Organization, the region’s forum of regulators for the digital shift.
Rwanda Television formerly referred to as TVR will be the public digital transmitter and is in the process of piloting digital signals transmissions.
The Rwanda Information Office has hired Harris Corporation, an American international communications and information technology company, to upgrade the system from analogue to digital and install new antennas.
So far 10 transmitters have been imported to increase national coverage from the current 60 % to between 75-80 % coverage countrywide.
Rwanda currently has one free-to-air television broadcaster (Rwanda Television) owned by the Rwanda Information Office (ORINFORT) and two pay stations namely the South African outfit DSTV and Star Media, a Chinese-owned pay television.