Indian Broadband Policy and Regulatory Resources

Digital Dividend

The Digital Dividend is the spectrum that is freed up after analogue television broadcasting switches to a digital transmission. Digital television uses spectrum more efficiently than analogue television. This allows excess spectrum to be released for other services such as broadband wireless in the last mile.

India has limited bandwidth in the internationally harmonized mobile bands such as 900MHz, 1800MHz, and 2100MHz. With the popularization of mobile broadband in India, India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly kickstarted the sale process for spectrum in the 700MHz band, according to Telegeography.

The importance of the 700MHz band for India study by GSMA highlight the importance of making maximum spectrum available in the the digital dividend band in India due to the rapid roll-out of mobile networks and extensive subscriber growth leading to spectrum scarcity.

Country Studies

Digital dividend or digital disaster: lessons from South Africa – Signet, the sole company licensed by Uganda Company Communications Commission to distribute digital TV signals in Uganda has installed its equipment at Vision Group head offices in Kampala for picking digital TV signals.

Digital dividend in Asia Pacific – Many Asia Pacific administrations are already progressing towards the development of regulation to allocate the digital dividend spectrum. The Wireless Forum of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity is developing a recommended band plan for use in the region.


GSMA digital dividend toolkit – The GSMA’s Digital Dividend Toolkit offers one-stop access to the latest policies, perspectives and best practices in managing the crucial issue of the Digital Dividend

Smartphones: liberation or limits? 

3.9 Billion People Still Unconnected to Internet



Bridging California’s Rural Digital Divide

Nigeria joins digital broadcasting world

Most of the world still isn’t online, and that’s a problem 

Turkey’s Digital Divides – Turkey is emblematic of the promise of the digital revolution that is now sweeping through similarly emerging middle-income democracies around the world.

Malaysia Bets on Internet Access and Public Wi-Fi for Its Global Debut – Driving to the small public Internet center in Semenyih, Malaysia from nearby Cyberjaya is to pass from one side of the digital divide to the other.

‘We must be part of digital switchover– As part of efforts to ensure the country does not miss out in the 2017 deadline for digital switchover, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed yesterday inaugurated a committee of stakeholders in the sector.

Internet unites people, its governance divides nations – The World Development Report (WDR) 2016, a World Bank Group Flagship Report, is titled Digital Dividends. At 330 pages, it is a big piece of work, and it is an Aladdin’s Cave of information gems, brilliant analysis, and the fulfilled promise of a thorough-going education on its chosen subject.

Digital migration project delayed again as switch to digital broadcasting is set for December 2016 – Zimbabwe is still struggling with digital migration and it’s been revealed that the country will only be ready to make the final switch to digital broadcasting in December this year.

World Bank: What do the poor need – clean water, or email … take a guess – Efforts to expand IT and internet connectivity in developing countries are producing results that are “far less than expected,” according to the World Bank.

South Africa: Television Goes Digital On February 1


Zimbabwe: French Firm to Speed Up Digitisation – Zimbabwe Has Signed a Three-year deal with a France based satellite provider Eutelsat Communications to speed up the television digitisation process in the country.

Uganda to complete digital migration – The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) revealed that 17 upcountry satellite stations have been completed and handed over to Signet, the signal distributor of the country, to complete the implementation of digital migration in regions outside Kampala Metropolitan. The 17 sites are in Masaka, Mbarara, Kiboga, Masindi, Kisoro, Kabale, Ntungamo, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Fort Portal, Hoima, Arua, Gulu, Mbale Soroti, Jinja, Kiboga and Rubirizi.

Nigeria signs N197b deal for digital migration – THE march towards the 2017 date for Nigeria’s migration from analogue to digital switchover (DSO) got a boost with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Media Concepts International (MCI) and a South Korean firm, KAON, for establishment of a plant in the country.

Digital TV migration equipment installed at Vision Group

Zimbabwe: New Deadline for TV Digitalisation 

Uganda: More Questions Linger As Uganda Migrates to Digital TV Broadcasting – The massive excitement accompanying last week’s court ruling directing the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to immediately revert to analogue TV transmission turned into fodder for conversation.

Court summons UCC over digital migration

Digital migration offers more positives

Georgia makes digital switch on July 1 – Georgia is switching from analogue to digital broadcasting. The digital broadcasting zone will cover Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, Sagarejo region, Kojori, Rustavi and Marneuli. Within eight to nine weeks, the digital signal will be distributed to other regions and cover all of Georgia.

Another Look At Tanzania’s Digital Migration – Tanzania has generated plenty of buzz in the African television industry-and rightly so. For starting its digital migration process in December 2012 and completing it on 30 April 2015, the East African country succeeded where other countries, including Nigeria, failed.

Namibia, Zambia among six African countries to meet DTT deadline– Namibia is one of six African countries that migrated from analogue to digital television broadcasting before the deadline of 17 June 2015.

Nigeria: 48 Countries Beat Digital Migration Deadline – Forty eight nations, out of the 119 member countries of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), have successfully transit from analogue to digital migration. The deadline date was June 17, 2015. It was a date agreed to by ITU and member nations after the 2006 Geneva agreement

Analysys Mason study on Digital dividend -This report considers the scope for action at a European Union (EU) level to promote the efficient use of ‘digital dividend’ spectrum in the 470–862MHz band. The digital dividend is the frequencies freed up as a result of the switch-over from analogue TV to more spectrally efficient digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

ITU report on Digital dividend – The ITU recognizes the need to provide a detailed insight into what the digital dividend process entails  and to help national and internal spectrum decision makers to allocate and manage the digital dividend process. This report is intended to fulfill this need.