South Africa will switch on its digital broadcasting signal on Thursday
The department of communications will host an event on 30 October to mark the advent of a new digital era in the broadcasting sector, which will see the country switch on its digital broadcasting signal.
The digitisation of the country's broadcasting infrastructure is in line with a Cabinet decision taken in 2007, that South Africa would start its migration process from an analogue broadcasting signal to a digital platform when Sentech switches on the digital signal on 1 November 2008.
With the switch-on, South Africa will join a few leading countries in the world that have started the digital migration process and it will also place the country well ahead in respect of meeting one of its broadcasting guarantees for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The switch-on event will form part of the closing plenary session of the World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly on Thursday.