The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (Tcra) is in the process of introducing a new technology that will enable people residing in rural areas to access digital broadcasting services.
Speaking to journalists in Musoma yesterday, the Tcra Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Innocent Mungy, said that the authority would adopt a new technology known as Direct to Home ( DTH) to enable people living in rural areas where digital signals broadcast by most service providers don’t reach.
He explained that the adoption of the DTH technology was part of implementation of the Rural Energy Agency (Rea)’s electrification programme.
Meanwhile, Mr Mungy told journalists that the digital immigration process that is going on in the country cannot take place in rural areas because it involves only areas currently receiving analog signals.
Mr Mungy said that Tcra had already held discussions with digital service providers who have agreed to introduce the DTH technology so that people residing in rural areas can access the service as others.
“We have decided that people residing in rural areas should also have access to digital broadcasting services by introducing the DTH technology,” he explained.
He said that during the digital migration Phase Two, the two towns of Musoma in Mara and Bukoba in Kagera will migrate to digital whereby analogy brodcasts will be switched off on April 30.
Mr Mungy explained that the preparation has been made including the availability of the digital technology devices and infrastructures whereby he explained that the authority was still going on with the awareness campaign within the towns so that residents of the towns will be aware on the exercise.
Speaking at the press conference the Tcra Principal engineer, Eng Andrew Kisaka said that during the first exercise that was carried out in seven towns in December last year they experienced some challenges which already they have come out with the solutions.
Eng Kisaka said that after the first phase exercise tcra commissioned professionals from Dar es salaam university to carry out a research on how the exercise was carried out whereby they revealed that there were challenges including lack of awareness on how to connect the digital devices to their set if televisions.
He said that the research findings also shows that there was also weak signal at some areas in Dar es salaam and Moshi whereby he said that in order to end the problem the digital service providers were asked to instal the gap filer machines so that the signals can be strong.
He said that after the findings they had already come up with the solutions of all the challenges whereby he said that they realized that the digital broadcasting services can be accessed by 22 percent out of 24 percent of people who were receiving the analogy services within the seven towns that had connected in digital services last year.
The towns that were connected in the digital broadcasting system during phase one include , Dar es salaam, Dodoma, Mwanza, Tanga, Arusha, Moshi and Mbeya while the second phase will include Musoma, Bukoba , Singida and Tabora.