China engaged in major satellite TV project in Togo

Thursday, 26 August 2021 02:46
China engaged in major satellite TV project in Togo

(Togo First) - China will help Togo deploy satellite television in 200 villages. This was disclosed last Monday by Qian Keming, China’s deputy minister of trade.

Keming said the two countries are moving well with signing letters of exchange to launch the project. “The Chinese side is committed to helping implement this project after the letters are signed,” the Asian official said.

Providing 200 Togolese villages with the equipment to access satellite TV is part of a large program deployed in Africa by the Chinese government. In all, 10,000 villages in 20 countries will be covered by the project.  

Similar projects - aimed at facilitating the transition from analog to digital terrestrial television (DTT) - have been developed by StarTimes, the Chinese giant media group, in Benin (200 villages) and Uganda (400 villages). In these two countries, the company equipped public areas, enabling the reception of over 20 channels, including public TV stations. Besides, satellite reception kits were distributed, and local technicians were trained.

In Togo, the project to switch to DTT, which was scheduled to start in 2019, is stalling. This is despite the fact that in October 2019, one of the most important obstacles to the project -  the lack of a legislative and regulatory framework - was removed as the country adopted a law approving transition to DTT.

Fiacre E. Kakpo

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