It’s amazing how an exercise that was meant to be effected by 2013 is still a popular topic of choice in the public court. Digital migration is back in the public court. And it is as hot a topic as ever.
Nevermind that Golola Moses of Uganda promised to kick analog TV out of Uganda in that GO TV advert, Ugandans will not relent. Many still believe analog signals should be given another chance.
Especially the wanainchi. To them, this is insanity, why effect a policy that requires one to pay just to watch TV if he/she can barely afford what to eat. And they do have a point in that. This makes no sense on the whole. As Ugandans, we do have pressing issues other than TV that do require our resources.
Similarly, the “experts” and “communication analysts” hold a view akin to that of the wanainchi, Uganda is just not ready for this. If you do listen to their technical mambo jambo they too do have a strong argument there.
My only argument is, when shall we as a country be ready for a change that is not just local but global?
Yesterday (15/06/15) a few Ugandans returned home to no TV signal.
They were not so shocked the signal was nowhere to be found using the analog antennas but that Uganda Communication Commission (the authority responsible for the digital migration exercise and whatever has to do with communication within Uganda’s boundaries) made good on its promise this time round and it did so on days earlier than the scheduled day for disconnection of the analog signal across the country (17/06/15).
It is the latter shock that makes me think Ugandans didn’t doubt digital migration was coming into effect but their doubt lay in whether Uganda Communications Commission would effect the exercise since it had dragged its feat on unregistered simcards.[related_posts]
To cut the long story short, I think these cat and mouse games should come to an end. Let Uganda Communications Commission disconnect the damn network so that Ugandans can move on to the current global technological standards.
We are as country have for long yearned for an elevation from a developing country to a developed country how then can we say we are developed if we are not embracing globally desired standards. We either move on now or never. We have dragged our feet over this for so long.