OIF press release:
A debriefing seminar on the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting was held between December 8 – 11, 2015 in Cotonou (Benin) by the OIF, in partnership with the Beninese government.
Around 40 people from 18 Francophone African countries, France, OIF, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) were part of this meeting.
The experts in charge of the transition from analogue to digital television in Francophone Africa, have urged their countries to speed up national processes for the backlog. Indeed, of the 54 African countries, only a half dozen (Rwanda, Mauritius, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi and Namibia) turned off their analogue signal by June 15, 2015, the deadline contained in the 2006 Geneva Agreement (GE06) concluded under the auspices of the ITU.
Several factors explain this situation: delays related to a lack of control by the makers of the challenges and advantages of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), difficulties in managing the process, mobilizing of financial resources and support for consumers. The production of national content also remains the poor cousin of the transition to digital.
Faced with this lackluster table, the participants recommended the following to Francophone African countries:
• take all the suitable provisions to complete the digital transition as soon as possible
• implement deep reforms of the legal and institutional framework for the audiovisual sector
• promote the sharing of experiences on legal migration to digital television
• pooling of expertise in the field of ICT law for Francophone African countries
• Work with and support the Francophone network specialized in the law of Jurists ICT
• organise awareness seminars for legislators at the state level
• support public Télévisions for Francophone Africa as part of their adaptation to the digital environment
• put particular emphasis on the development of content and communication in the context of the implementation of national migration strategies towards DTT
• develop a less costly legal deposit system for audiovisual sector operators
• take into account digital convergence in defining the legal framework and institutional governance of the audiovisual sector
• rationally manage the digital dividend for the development of multimedia, for broadcasting High and Ultra High Definition
• Avoid making available mobile operators throughout the digital dividend
More information :
Adjovi Emmanuel, Programme Specialist “Information Society” firstname.lastname@example.org
Source : OIF Website, December 21st, Translation by Mokolo