Information and Broadcasting services Minister Chishimba Kambwili says Zambia will tomorrow, June 17th, switch to digital television broadcasting under Phase one of the project which will carter for areas along the line of rail.
Mr Kambwili has told Parliament in a ministerial statement today that Star Software Technology Company of China which was awarded the contract to implement phase one of the digital migration project at a cost of US$9,554,000 has completed installation and testing of the equipment.
He says this implies that starting tomorrow, areas from Livingstone to Chililabombwe will have high quality digital television signal.
Mr Kambwili adds that this will signal the start of dual broadcasting of analogue and digital signals which will be for a period of six months after which the analogue signal will be switched off.
He says to receive digital signal the public will have to buy decoders which are available in all Post Offices along the line of rail.
Mr Kambwili further states that with phase one of the project completed, his ministry is now working on processes to start the implementation of phases two and three.
He says the design of the two phases covers the rest of the country including areas where there is no television signal.
Mr Kambwili adds that President Edgar Lungu is on Monday, 22nd June expected to launch phase one of the digital television broadcasting at Mass Media Complex.