Cote d’Ivoire pushes for all-digital TV. Photo : REUTERS


The deployment of digital terrestrial television (DTT) will start in Cote d’Ivoire in February by the Abidjan region, official sources said Monday.

“The definitive launch of digital terrestrial television is expected for February 8, 2019,” said Minister of Communication and Media Sidiki Tiémoko Touré, at a ceremony.

Launched in August 2017, work to build infrastructure dedicated to DTT was to be delivered at the end of last December with the renovation of 20 broadcasting stations of Cote d’Ivoire’s Radio Broadcasting (RTI, public) and the creation of 18 others to effect the changeover of the network.

The broadcasting of DTT signals in the Abidjan area follows the commissioning of the Abobo transmitter in Abidjan.

Other regions of the country will be progressively connected with the construction and rehabilitation of other transmitters.

After starting in 2012, the process of deploying digital terrestrial TV should be completed “by June 2020,” according to the minister, with four new television channels in addition to the national public channel.

“The year 2019 will be important for the audiovisual sector with the operationalization of TNT and the arrival of four new channels of free access,” added, for its part, President Alassane Ouattara before inviting the journalists to contribute to the adhesion of the populations to this process through “a diversified offer, of the creativity and a right information.”

Every year, the government provides about 800 million CFA francs to improve the performance of press companies, increase their competitiveness and make it easier for citizens to access press products.


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