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South Africa : DIGITAL TV to be launched in September in SOUTH AFRICA.

Minister of Communications Dina pule has announced that Digital television transmissions (DTT) will be launched in September 2012 in South Africa.

Pule said that government will provide 70% subsidy for poor to get digital set top boxes.

Pule said, "We'll bring the old players and new together. We are not going to allow people to bring in gadgets from outside the country. If we grow the local electronics industry it means the prices will go down."

Keith Thabo, chair of the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (Namec) said, "The collaborations are welcome and will be key to development. We'll use the established infrastructure from the big players as incubation hubs for the SMEs."

South African government has set aside fund of R 2.4 billion for digital TV migration. Pule said that R 1.7 billion more required for the project.

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Date:Mar 28, 2012
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