Frequently Asked Questions

Will FM radio and television signals (reception) be affected?
The existing FM radio transmissions will not be restricted and reception will remain as it is. Existing television reception will change across the whole of South Africa as a result of the national project led by the Department of Communications to migrate from terrestrial analogue to terrestrial digital television transmissions. This change will also lead to a greater use of satellite reception in remote communities. The establishment of terrestrial digital television transmissions will need to comply with the protection requirements for the SKA. However, all television and radio services in South Africa are broadcasted via satellite covering the whole country, which will not be affected. Government has a policy in place to subsidise the poorest households for the migration cost to the new digital television transmissions, including satellite reception in the Northern Cape in areas affected by the SKA.