The Department for Communications and Digital Technologies says flooding has impacted the installation rate of set-top boxes (STBs) in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the homes of the Beneficiaries and road infrastructure had been damaged, rendering some communities inaccessible.
“As of June 21, 109,270 beneficiary households in the two provinces were still unconnected. We continue to coordinate with the Human Settlements Department and other infrastructure departments to ensure installations resume once infrastructure is restored.”
Ntshavheni provided an update on the progress of the digital migration and shutdown on Friday of Analogue Broadcasting (ASO) in SA.
“We have also started installations for the end of September…to date we have installed STBs in 44,424 homes that need to be installed by September 30th. “
A decision by the Constitutional Court on the date of the analog shutdown was awaited to allow the digital migration process to be completed.
This would allow frequencies to be freed up in Gauteng, the western cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
“Until the ASO, the economic centers of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal will remain poorly networked, with negative impacts on the economy,” she said.
To complement the Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition’s efforts to encourage the penetration of digital television and to protect consumers from buying outdated analogue televisions, guidelines for integrated digital televisions (IDTV ) and STBs released for the GO -Digital logo.
The department had already completed the analog shutdown and migration for the SABC in the Free State, North Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
“ The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) was thus able to release spectrum that was in high demand m in these provinces. The freeing up of spectrum will allow telecom operators to decongest networks with the nationwide deployment of 4G and 5G.
“South Africans, regardless of where they live, have experienced poor connectivity in recent days, including for voice calls due to increased loads on the networks.”
Ntshavheni said they have completed STB installations in Free State, North Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.
“We are completing the cleaning – Up for the Western Cape and North West to check completion status as the SA Post Office has no further addresses for installations.”
Ntshavheni reminded households earning less than R3,500 a month that to apply for registration were pending.
“We continue to increase our capacity to install more STBs per day to ensure the fastest install rate for post-ASO registrations in the event of a potential surge in post-ASO applications place. However, since early April 2022, the project has continued to experience a decline in new subscriptions.”
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