JOHANNESBURG - The signing of a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) between e.tv and transmission provider Sentech will allow the
launch of new multiple channels on its digital terrestrial
television (DTT) platform, e.tv said on Friday.

"e.tv was granted a minimum of 50 percent of a DTT multiplex in
terms of the regulations issued in December 2012 by the Independent
Communications Authority of SA (Icasa)," group head of corporate
affairs Vasili Vass said in a statement.

Group CEO Marcel Golding said e.tv was pleased with the MOU, as
Sentech had invested significantly in the national DTT roll-out and
developed a vision for the future of free-to-air television on all
platforms.

Sentech CEO Setumo Mohapi also welcomed the signing of the
MOU.

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country's broadcasting digital migration policy," he said.

"The industry is now a step closer to ensuring that the country
will meet the commitments it made to the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) to switch-off analogue television
broadcasting services by June 2015."

South Africa and the rest of the world are migrating from
analogue transmission to digital transmissions.

The ITU has said that after June 2015, countries will no longer
be protected against disruptions of the radio waves that are used
for analogue television broadcasts.