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Zimbabwe merges broadcasting and telecoms regulators

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Zimbabwe’s cabinet has approved a proposal to merge the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (Baz) and the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) in a development meant to foster technological convergence, reports the Chronicle. Information, Media and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary George Charamba said the two industries will now have a single regulatory authority. Speaking after touring the proposed Maphisa digital broadcasting transmission site, Charamba said running the two entities separately was contrary to what technology dictates. “With merging we will not have any wall between the two entities. It means as you regulate the telecoms you must be mindful of what is happening in broadcasting so the best way would be to have one regulatory authority so that decisions are done in a way that encompasses the whole sector.” He added that government is also working on completing a digitisation project. A total of $6 million was released to Baz to complete the project amid reports that most transmission sites countrywide are ready for migration from analogue to digital. Read more

  • Monday, 21 May 2018

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