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EA plans to achieve digital migration by 2014

25 June 2013, 18:16 Samuel Kisika

East African countries plan to achieve the migration from analogue to digital television by December 2014.

Addressing the East African Communications Organization (EACO) delegates, Ambassador Joseph Bungurambona, the outgoing Chairman, said that he believes in EACO objectives and contribution in fostering ICT growth across the region.

"Migration from analogue to digital and scrutinizing cyber security in ICT will open the door to myriad solutions that contribute to social and economic development in rural areas," said Bungurambona.

Bungurambona said that despite the EA countries failure to switch to digital television in 2012, there are proper policies, legal and regulatory framework being put in place to ensure every country attains the anticipated target by 2014.

He said digital migration in Burundi is supported by a national committee that deals with technical, economic, legal, environmental and social issues as a road-map to the attainment.

He added that the committee is closely supported by a national backbone project in partnership with the public and private sectors to provide broadband connectivity.

Bungurambona also said that EA has remarkably realized tremendous achievements in ICT like the Sim Card registration to curb crime and expansive laying of fibre cables to enhance communication.

He further said that appropriate solution should be provided to reduce calling rates across all networks in the region.

"We need to harmonize the calling rates across all networks to ease regional users from high calling rates as far as telecom operation and inter connectivity is concerned," noted Bungurambona.

The delegates agreed on the establishment of an appropriate tele-traffic management process to thoroughly monitor ICT use both locally and internationally to curb fraud.  

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