ZimDigital Project gets $39.3 million

By Staff writer | 22 Nov 2018 at 18:12hrs
Minister of Minister of Finance and Economic Development has announced that it has allocated $39.3 million to the Zimbabwe Digital Broadcasting Migration Project.

Professor Mthuli Ncube said they are chipping in to close the funding gap for remaining critical works.

Ncube said, "The Zimbabwe Digital Broadcasting Migration Project is a critical component of the country's ICT backbone infrastructure, meant to deliver digital television services in line with developments across the world.

"Through the Budget, an amount of US$39.3 million has been set aside for the project during 2019, targeted at digitalisation of 11 additional transmitter sites, renewal of 10 FM Radio transmitter sites, construction of seven new site towers and digitalisation of 2 television studios and three radio studios to cover unserved areas.

Despite the $39.3 million to be disbursed this year, the project has a long way to be completed because as much as $104 million is still needed.

The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting has indicated that the budget falls short of its requirements to complete the project. The ministry needs $104 million to finish the project.



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