The entire Northern Zone of Tanzania will stop receiving analogue TV signal on 31 March. This is part of Tanzania’s migration from analogue to digital signal broadcasting. A huge number of digital decoders have been supplied to Arusha in anticipation for this transition. Already, there have been a total of 50,000 DVB-T2 decoders sold in the town according to Habbi Gunze, TCRA Director of Broadcasting Affairs. An additional 10,000 decoders are to be shipped to the region this week.
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) reports that the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting has been smooth in Tanga and the same is expected for the cities of Arusha and Kilimanjaro which are part of the Northern Zone. According the TCRA, 30 April is the official deadline for termination of all analogue broadcasting in the country. This will be after the Southern Mbeya region ceases to receive the analogue signal broadcasts .