Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum 2011


Never has the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s (CTO) Annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum held annually in Johannesburg been more relevant, following South Africa’s announcement last week that it will adopt the European standard, DVB-T2, for the country’s digital migration.

Running from 1 to 3 February at the Grayston Southern Sun Hotel in Sandton, the 6th Annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum will not only focus on Africa’s digital switchover but will play a pivotal role in understanding the challenges involved and sharing best practices and innovative ideas.

South Africa’s Minister of Communications, Roy Padaychie, is expected to speak at the event.

The Forum provides a platform for governments, regulators, operators and various other ICT stakeholders to discuss issues and challenges in implementing a successful digital migration strategy.

Key topics include: Policy and regulation relating to digital broadcasting; Funding the digital migration; Finding and deploying appropriate techniques; Building capacity for migration; the Digital Dividend – seeing beyond 2011

Speakers include: Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, CEO, CTO; Jeff Molobela, Chairman, Telkom Group; Alan Downie, Senior Broadcast Engineering Consultant, CBA; Richard Waghorn, Chief Technology Officer, SABC; Phil Laven, Chairman, DVB Project, European Broadcasting Union; Gerhard Petrick, Chief Technologist, MultiChoice; Dr Bashir Gwandu, Executive Commissioner – Engineering and Standards, Nigerian Communications Commission; Lynn Mansfield, Chairman, Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association; Daniel Obam, Chairman, Digital Migration Taskforce, Kenya; Pham Nhu Hai, Head of Broadcasting, ITU; Habbi Gunze, Director of Broadcasting, TCRA; Michael Starks, Associate, University of Oxford; Ian Develing, Director of Business Development, Altech UEC; and Bertus Bresler, DiviTech/REUTECH, among many other top experts.

The Forum also includes an exhibition component where suppliers’ products and services can be exposed.

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