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VBTC-Vanuatu makes the switch to Digital

Vanuatu’s national broadcaster, VBTC has officially informed viewers that the analogue free-to-air signal of television has been switched off on October 15 for Port Vila and suburban areas. Gradually the digital signal will be available on the whole archipelago.

Viewers need to acquire a new antenna and decoders to subscribe to the digital TV to continue watching local programmes. The switch to digital is a joint business venture between VBTC and the Chinese media company, Guilin CEKE Communication Equipment Co. Ltd.

The signal coverage for the service is expected to cover the areas of Luganville, Malo/Aore, North West Malekula, West Ambae and West Pentecost. Other areas are expected to receive the digital signal before Christmas. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai stated the digital service must reach all the islands of Vanuatu before the 2017 Pacific Mini games which is set to be hosted in Vanuatu.