Africa’s rollout of Digital TV and what it means for the environment

Africa is rapidly upgrading its digital television infrastructure. This isn’t just about enabling more people to watch their favorite shows – it’s a big move that will help spur economic development through an improved mobile and internet communication infrastructure. As covered previously on Cleanleap, analysis shows that improved internet connectivity in Africa could lead to a $300 billion contribution to GDP by 2025.

Digital technology has a significant impact on global emissions. According to the EBU Sustainable Technology in Broadcasting Group television sets and related peripherals are responsible) for 1.8% of global greenhouse gas emissions while Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) contribute 2%. The need to manage terrestrial frequencies for maximum economical, social and environmental benefits is increasing. This includes allowing increased use of the frequencies by internet and mobile communications, by managing TV transmissions.

Africa’s migration to digital television broadcasting is against a timeline set by the International Telecommunications Union that is approaching quickly. It will affect 116 countries mostly in Africa and Europe. Not only will migration to digital signals lead to better quality images and viewing experience to the consumer, but will also have a number of environmental benefits, including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. With this in mind, which African country will still be on an analogue hook come the 17 June 2015 deadline?

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