Mmegi Online :: Japanese firm clinches Btv tender
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Japanese firm clinches Btv tender

State-owned broadcaster, Botswana Television (Btv), has awarded a tender for the development of digital terrestrial television (DDT) broadcasting transmitters to a Japanese company, Hitachi Kokusai Linear Equipamentos Eletronicos (HKL), a subsidiary of Hitachi Kokusai Electric.
By Isaac Pinielo Thu 20 Nov 2014, 11:10 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Japanese firm clinches Btv tender








The tender includes the design, production, installation and construction of all the digital transmitters located in 45 transmitting stations in Botswana. Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo, deputy permanent secretary in the Department of Information and Broadcasting (DIB) has confirmed this development, stating that the Japanese company will supply, install and commission digital terrestrial television transmitters for the television station.

He said this was an open international tender, adding that the delivery of the transmitters is expected to begin in February 2015.

“Digital terrestrial television broadcasting will allow Batswana and anybody who watches television broadcasting in Botswana to enjoy superior quality and wider offering television as soon as Botswana migrates from analogue television broadcasting to digital television broadcasting,” he explained.

Kaboeamodimo noted that the reason for the digital migration project is that, Botswana, like the rest of the world, has to change to digital terrestrial television to take advantage of a much-improved television-broadcasting environment.

In February last year, Botswana adopted Japan’s ISDB-T (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting - Terrestrial) as its digital terrestrial television broadcasting standard.

Botswana anticipates that digital terrestrial television will become an additional driver in the country’s efforts to transform the country into an E-Society.  Currently, the country is putting in place administrative structures, to be led by a digital migration implementation office and task force to fast track project delivery.

However, the country’s decision to adopt the Japanese ISDB-T standard for digital terrestrial television instead of the European standard, favoured by many of the neighbours, and prompted sharp criticism from a South African industry body. The Southern

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African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA) recently pointed out that the decision would burden citizens with unnecessary costs, reduce the prospect of costs dropping in future, and reduce the benefits possible from the transition to digital.

Meanwhile, authorities defended the decision stating that digital transmitters will create an environment for viewing digital television broadcasting, adding that the IS series digital transmitters to be delivered in this order are compatible with the standard of Japan’s ISDB-T. This is the standard for the transmission of digital television over-the-air (terrestrial).

Recently, Hitachi Kokusai revealed in a statement that it was entrusted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan to carry out demonstration tests of digital terrestrial television broadcasting in Botswana.

It said the then Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mokgweetsi Masisi and the then Minister of Transport and Communications, Nonofo Molefhi visited Japan last year and discussed the features and strengths of Japan’s ISDB-T transmitters, as well as considerations for introducing the equipment to Botswana.

Botswana is said to be the first country in Africa to adopt Japan’s digital terrestrial television broadcasting system. According to Wikipedia, DTT is a technological evolution of broadcast television and an advancement over analogue television. DTT broadcasts land-based signals.

“The advantages of digital terrestrial television, are similar to digital versus analogue in platforms such as cable, satellite, and all telecommunications; the efficient use of spectrum and provision of more capacity than analogue, better quality images, and lower operating costs for broadcast and transmission,” said the online encyclopedia.

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