SENTECH Enables Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) for the Ngqeleni Community


Saturday, 18 February 2017


For Immediate Release

SENTECH Enables Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) for the Ngqeleni Community     


SENTECH, the state-owned broadcasting signal distributor, fulfilled its mandate by concluding its DTT infrastructure installation process of the 178 transmitter stations nationwide and a Direct-To-Home (DTH) broadcasting infrastructure to ensure 100% DTT access for all South African citizens. 


The migration from analogue to digital television enables ordinary South Africans, such as the Ngqeleni community to access a wider range of free-to-air channels with high quality picture and clearer sound, irrespective of their geographical location.  Other value adds include broadcasting in indigenous languages.


SENTECH’s site in Ngqeleni is one of the four new green field sites which were established for DTT.  The construction commenced in January 2014 and was completed in March 2015.


The Ngqeleni site is fully operational and currently services SABC 1, 2, 3; and Tru FM. Further coverage to the Ngqeleni community is transmitted through SENTECH’s Mthatha site for the community to reach Umhlobo Wenene, Ukhozi and Lesedi FM.



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For further information:

Olebogeng Ndou / / 072 627 4172


Issued on Behalf of SENTECH by:

Milisa Kentane

SENTECH Spokesperson


SENTECH, a South African State Owned Company (SOC) is the premier provider of electronic communications network services to the country’s broadcasting and communications industry. We provides broadcast transmission services to SABC, eTV, MNet, Community Broadcasters, and over 150 Radio Stations country wide on a daily basis. Our infrastructure and data communications platforms also provide services to South Africa’s telecoms sector and mobile providers. SENTECH is mandated by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) to drive the migration of the country’s broadcasting services from Analogue to Digital.  We have implemented world class Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and a universal access Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite platform service to ensure access to Digital Television for the country’s people. Our DVB-T2 network will replace the current analogue infrastructure when Analogue Switch Off is announced by Government. To date, the DTT network successfully covers 100% of country’s population through 84% reach via the DVB-T2 terrestrial network and the remaining 16% via the Satellite DTH network.  SENTECH is now focused on developing and rolling out open-access multiscreen platforms that will enrich SA’s digital content distribution industry.