Strategy for the switch over to terrestrial digital broadcasting, passed by the Government

The blueprint for the switchover from analogue to terrestrial digital broadcasting and multimedia services countrywide, developed by the Ministry of Communications has been passed in the Government session.

“The paper is aimed at effecting a complete and efficient transition from analogue UHF TV broadcasting to DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting –Terrestrial), and full interruption of analogue emissions by January 1, 2012”, according to a press release of the Ministry.

For the transition to take place, it has been devised a complete blueprint that provides, in the first stage, the allocation of two of the six multiplexes by December 31, 2009.

By the end of next year, at least 60% of the population and 50% territory will be covered by the two multiplexes, following to increase to 80% and 70% by June 31, 2011. On December 31, 2011 the DVB-T will be able to reach a coverage of 90% of the population and 80% of the territory, as on January 1, 2012, any terrestrial analogue broadcasting within the UHF spectrum allocated to digital broadcasting will cease.

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