Allowances and sightseeing: PF sends minister, directors instead of engineers to learn digital migration

Allowances and sightseeing: PF sends minister, directors instead of engineers to learn digital migration


Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Labour Fackson Shamenda is in China to learn the technical and financial capabilities of the Huawei technologies Zambia Company limited and the ZTE Corporation to execute the digital terrestrial television migration project for Zambia.

Mr Shamenda is also expected to visit some Chinese television stations to learn the operation and management experience of the Huawei Technologies Company Limited.

While in China, the minister will visit Huwaei and ZTE headquarters in Shenzhen and Beijing respectively.

During the minister’s visit, Huawei Technologies Company limited and ZTE Corporation officials will be expected to present demonstrations of their technical and financial capabilities in the implementation of the digital terrestrial television transmission.

The minister is in China at the invitation of the Huawei (prounounced as Wawee) Technologies Zambia Company limited and the ZTE Corporation.

He arrived in Hong Kong, China, last night at 21:45hours, local time. Huawei Technologies Company Limited officials based in Hong Kong welcomed the minister.

The minister is leading an eight man delegation which includes Information, Broadcasting and Labour Permanent Secretary Amos
Malupenga, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Director General Chibamba Kanyama, Ministry of Works, Supply and Communication Director Luwani Soko and Zambia Information and Communication Technology
Authority (ZICTA) Director Patrick Mutimushi.

Others are ZNBC’s Director of Engineering Malole Lusambo, Ministry of Finance and National Planning Economist Anthony Bwalya, Huwaei Technologies Company limited and ZTE corporation officials.

Zambia’s completion time frame for her digital migration and switch off of analogue terrestrial television transmission is set for 31st
December 2013 and 17th June 2015 respectively.

This means that although analogue is inexpensive to use, it has size limitations as to how much they can carry while with digital, one will get free conversations and clearer television pictures.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) a United Nations agency set the period of the digital project.

In August 2010, the Government of Zambia constituted a digital migration national taskforce whose aim is to provide a road map on the implementation and success of the digital migration process.

Members of the national taskforce include the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication, ZICTA, Ministry of Finance and the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).

The two Chinese companies will be expected to showcase their technical and financial capabilities in the implementation of the digital
terrestrial television.

The digital migration is one of the most important projects by the new government in the new era to quickly develop Zambia’s information and broadcasting industry thereby improving people’s lives.

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