Spain approves analogue switch-off timetable

From David Del Valle in Madrid

The Spanish cabinet has approved a digital migration plan to progressively carry out the analogue switch-off from next year to April 2010.

The analogue switch-off in Spain will be progressively implemented in four phases. In 2008 the analogue switch-off will cover one per cent of the population (switching off in Soria and A Fonsagrada), reaching 12 per cent by mid 2009 and 32.4 per cent by the end of that year, completing the process in April 2010.

The country has been divided into 73 technical areas with a total of 90 transition projects, in three different groups: areas with less than 500,000 inhabitants and high DTT coverage; regions with 500,000 to 700,000 inhabitants; and the third group more than 700,000 inhabitants.

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