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Govt plans to scrap tax on TV decoders - Deplores continued sales of analogue screens

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    The government is looking for a way to scrap taxes on decoders to make the gadgets affordable to many people, as Tanzania switches to digital broadcasting technology from the analogue system.
    Speaking here yesterday after opening the Sixth African Communication Regulation Authorities' Network (ACRAN), Communication, Science and Technology deputy minister Charles Kitwanga said:
    “We have started working on this matter to make all Tanzanians be able to enjoy the new digital era in broadcasting.”
    His ministry, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) have started discussions on how to handle the matter, he said, adding that it is of great concern.
    Kitwanga explained: “We are looking for the possibility of ensuring that the gadgets are available at a reasonable price.”
    The idea of discussing that matter is to see how tax on the gadgets can be scrapped or reduced.
    Expressing his disappointment with businessmen’s failure to move with time, Kitwanga said many have continued to sell analogue television sets despite the set deadline on adopting the new technology.
    He noted that people should be well informed when it comes to purchasing TV sets.
    “Worse enough, businesspersons have lowered the price of TV sets, because most of them use analogue system which are scheduled to be phased-out in the near future,” the minister said.
    “It is high time businesspersons told buyers the truth on the matter and they should advise them to purchase digitally-embedded TV sets,” he said.
    He added that local television’s owners have been working on the technological shift and they are in an advanced stage.
    Responding to questions from reporters on the need to have one decoder, the minister said: “We have seen this and it is a challenge that we need to work on.”
    So far, two service providers—Ting and Star Times have started implementing the move and Basic Transmission is in the process to get into the new TV broadcasting era.
    Earlier, reading the speech by Communication, Science and Technology minister Prof Makame Mbarawa, he said digital migration is going to be the pre-occupation of all communication regulatory authorities in Africa and the entire world.
    He said that by 2015, the world will be fully digitalized, adding that the US, Canada and few countries in Europe have already switched off the entire analogue broadcasting system.
    TCRA Board Chairman Judge Buxton Chipeta said the Sixth ACRAN summit came at a prime time when digital migration is on high agenda.
    TCRA acting director Rehema Makuburi said: “This year, Tanzania will take the chairmanship of ACRAN from Morocco for the coming two years.”