Digital Migration in Africa: Busting the Digitization Myths

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Some African countries might have to skip the June deadline for Digital transition. The process has been engulfed by massive debates around availability of digital infrastructure, controls in set-top boxes, accessibility to digital technology, subsidizing set-top boxes, and so on.

Is Digital TV the indispensable next step? Are the Digital Dividends really worth the transition? Is Analogue Switch off apocalyptic?

10 myths v/s facts about digital migration in Africa.

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