NAMIBIA TO HOST SADC ICT MINISTERS

Namibia will host a series of the SADC Information and Communication Technology (ICT) meetings in Walvis Bay Protea Hotel as from June 21-26, 2015.

The meetings will be attended by the Ministers and Senior Government officials, Regulatory Authorities, broadcasting and telecommunications agencies, postal and ICT sector in the SADC member states as well as the representatives form SADC Regional ICT implementing Agencies.

The 9th SADC Digital Broadcasting Migration Forum will provide opportunities for Member States to share their individual experiences on the migration and learn from Experts from the Region and beyond on various important topics on DTT broadcasting migration, such as Analogue switch off strategies and digital platform operating models, funding models presentation and development of local content, consumers awareness campaigns and Planning for post digital migration.

These meetings will be held hosted on May 2009 in Swakopmund, were the SADC ministers responsible for Communications and ICT adopted the SADC Roadmap on Digital Broadcasting Migration in order to guide Member states to make a smooth Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) migration. A series of Fora’s have since then been convened to oversee and review the SADC Roadmap on Digital Broadcasting Migration implementation.

The SADC Communications ICT & Postal Ministers’ meeting shall consider among others, the status of implementation of the SADC Roadmap on Digital Broadcasting Migration; update on the implementation of the SADC Home and Away Roaming (SHAR) Project, setting of the proposed SADC Regional Internet Exchange Points (RIXPs); update on the preparations for the WRC-15, Open Access and frequency spectrum guidelines and management.