Signet Uganda has been handed the contract of distributing digital signals countrywide as the long-awaited deadline of switching from analogue to digital broadcasting draws closer.
Rose Namayanja, the minister of Information, said recently that Signet is expected to be professional in its distribution and that the company’s impact should be felt countrywide.
“We expect equitable and non-discriminatory service delivery to all content providers. Signet is coming at a time when the public is yearning for information on various aspects, and I expect that this information will be disseminated very professionally,” she said, during the launch of Signet Uganda at Serena gardens in Kampala.
Signet Uganda was handed the contract after some electronic media operators protested against leaving signal distribution entirely to the national broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, who they felt was a competitor. UBC, which was earlier given the role of sole signal distributor, decided to separate into two segments: UBC for content and Signet for signal distribution.
A deadline of June 2015 was set by the International Telecommunications Union for countries to migrate from analogue to digital. Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director of the Uganda Communications Commission, said the project needed more support from government.
“If the government does not put in a lot of money…really we shall have a lot of problems,” Mutabzi said.
The digitalization process will require all households with analogue television to purchase set-top boxes in order to enjoy a better quality picture of digital.