Italy to conclude ASO by end June 2012

Italy’s Minister of Economic Development, Corrado Passera, has signed the decrees that set the dates for the transition to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in 2012 and the conclusion of the analogue switch-off (ASO) within the first six months of 2012.

The national timetable for the remaining regions to switch to DTT is as follows: Abruzzo and Molise (including the province of Foggia) from May 7 to May 23; Basilicata and Apulia (including the provinces of Cosenza and Crotone) from May 24 to June 8; and Sicily and Calabria from June 11 to June 30. Special “task forces” have been set up in these regions in order to manage the ASOs.

Currently, some 49 million Italians receive DTT broadcasts and, by June 30th 2012, the country will be all-digital.

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