Maseru – Lesotho is ready to move to Digital Terrestrial Television DTT but to avoid airwaves’ interference, Lesotho is waiting for South Africa to migrate simultaneously.
Briefing the Press in Maseru the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Honourable Khotso Letsatsi said the plan is to migrate in March as they have erected 13 towers making it 75 percent of their coverage, but are yet to install seven in Mokhele, Mohale’s Hoek, Mants’onyane, Koeneng, Mokhotlong, and Souru.
Honourable Letsatsi said Basotho have to buy set top boxes which will be sold at Post Offices at an estimated cost of 450 Maloti, saying they also need aerials and an announcement will be made when set top boxes are available.
The Minister said there will be 20 channels after migration and appeals to government ministries to produce educational programmes, saying those who produce their own programmes have to be reliable and will be required to sign a one year contract to produce high quality programmes.
He said the plan is to have a Parliament Channel among the 20 and companies will be expected to apply for licences to broadcast, while regulation will be done by Lesotho Communications Authority.
Countries were supposed to have migrated by June 2015, but Lesotho postponed to November 2015, but also failed to meet that deadline, while reports indicate that South African Post Office begun its programme to deliver the first set top boxes in December 2015 as the country moves towards DTT.