WOUGNET to Speak at CTO Digital Switchover Forum in Arusha, Tanzania

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WOUGNET’s Senior Program Officer for Gender and ICT Policy Advocacy, Ms.Goretti Z. Amuriat is today attending the Digital Switchover Forum being held in Arusha from the 11th -14th of February 2014. Ms. Amuriat will be making a key note presentation on the status of the Digital Migration Process in Uganda and way forward as the country gears towards the global deadline for digital transmission.

Last week on the 6th of February 2014, WOUGNET in partnership with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the  Association for Progressive Communications (APC) conducted a National Workshop on Digital Migration in Uganda which attracted many key stakeholders including broadcasters, journalists, policy makers, consumers among others

The purpose of the National workshop was to create awareness and share information on digital migration, discuss the digital migration issues identified and develop a manifesto in order to build capacity and a common level of understanding amongst the stakeholders.

The output of the workshop will be agreement on the focus issue, interventions and outcomes for advocacy activities to raise awareness among consumers, media and civil society organisations.

The specific issues of the workshop focused on;

  • Cost implications of  digital migration
  • Variety  of programs
  • The  quality of pictures
  • Availability of set top boxes
  • Waste management
  • Contribution of content  according  to needs  of the consumers

The Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum Africa is one of the most prestigious events on digital broadcasting in Africa. It provides a unique and authoritative annual meeting point for policymakers and regulators to interact with broadcasters, content developers, broadcast network infrastructure providers and operators, equipment manufacturers and opinion leaders to discuss challenges, solutions and opportunities in the ever more fragmented, competitive and innovative broadcasting industry.

 

By

Moses Owiny