Speaking at a press conference at the TopStar head office in Lusaka, TopStar Sales Director Cliff Sichone announced a price of K99 for the full decoder kit effective August 9, 2017.
Mr Sichone said TopStar was committed to ensuring all Zambian citizens were able to benefit from the TV digital migration programme currently being rolled out across the country.
The YAFIKA campaign will see more towns connected to TopStar signal and more Zambians will benefit from digital TV.
In March 2017, TopStar had announced a price of K199 for the full digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) kit that included a decoder, smart card, antennae and 20 metre cable.
TopStar subscribers along the line of rail have been able to view up to 40 channels for free during this period and will only begin to pay subscription on October 1, 2017 when the analogue signal will be switched off.
Under the first phase of digital migration, towns along the line of rail from Chililabombwe to Kalomo have been accessing digital and analogue TV signal but on the switch off date all households will be required to own a set top box (decoder) to access TV signal.
“It is a requirement for all TV set owners to have a decoder to access digital TV signal. TopStar in partnership with the Government of Zambia is making the latest technology available at an affordable price.”
More provinces and cities across the country are also benefiting from the construction of transmission sites that will see all parts of the country connected to digital TV signal by the end of December 2017. During Phase 2 and 3 of digital migration over 72 transmission sites will be erected.
At the end of June 2017, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Mulenga Kampamba announced the analogue switch off date of October 1 of towns along the line of rail. She stated that the digital migration process was being undertaken by Zambia according to an international agreement set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
To achieve Zambia’s digital migration and offer abundant TV programs to Zambians, ZNBC and StarTimes Group established a joint venture, TopStar in June 2016, which has been the authorized body to move the entire country from analogue to digital television reception.
TopStar is committed to play its role as the authorized public signal distributor in Zambia to ensure that digital television signal is distributed across the entire country using the highest quality technology of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).