Altech and Ellies join forces for digital migration
22 July 2009
Altech and Ellies join forces for digital migration :
Altech UEC has partnered with Ellies to provide a full service offering for digital migration in Southern Africa
"South Africa is leading the African digital migration. Many countries are looking to South Africa to provide support in implementing Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) in their own country's migration plans in the future,” said Altech CEO, Craig Venter.
“Altech UEC and Ellies will lead the South African Government's initiative to bridge the digital divide. The digital migration programme will benefit the broader ICT sector, and create many jobs in the industry.”
According to Venter Digital Migration has taken place in the USA, Australia and Europe, and that it is a technology imperative that indicates that government is showing commitment to grow the Information and Communications Technologies sector and create much needed jobs.
“Not only do we get information, communication and technology to the very remote areas of South Africa, but we also get better viewing quality and the initiative frees up much needed frequency spectrum within the ICT sector," said Venter.
Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) encapsulated in the slogan ‘Go Digital', is the process of converting television broadcasting signals from analogue to digital technology.
Currently, analogue broadcasting is the means of delivery of terrestrial television in South Africa. ‘Go Digital' will see an estimated 9 million television households in South Africa needing Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Set Top Boxes (STB's), to convert the digital terrestrial signal so that it can be displayed on analogue television sets.
"Altech UEC and Ellies have formed a partnership that will entitle Ellies to be the sole distributor of the DTT STB's manufactured by Altech UEC. The partnership involves the distribution and installation of the STB's, including after sales services," said Ellies CEO, Wayne Samson.