Zimbabwe has started importing 400,000 television set-top boxes from China so that people can continue watching TV after the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting. Information, Media and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary George Charamba said the government had already ordered the boxes from Huawei, The Herald reported.

Charamba said they were being tested to make sure Zimbabwe was not a dumping ground for poor-quality equipment. Charamba said that the number of imported set-top boxes was four times the penetration rate of TV sets in Zimbabwe. He said the boxes will be affordable, to cater for the country's rural population. Charamba said that customers who failed to pay for their licence fees and subscription fees would be switched off.