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Increased costs for South Africa’s DSO

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Figures released by South Africa’s National Treasury suggest that the country’s postponed migration to digital TV is continuing to cost hundreds of millions of Rand. The migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television featured prominently in the Budget Vote for Communications following the release of South Africa’s medium-term budget policy statement. It was highlighted that R620 million (€43.2m) would be […]

Tanzania DSO on track

Tanzania says it is on track to switch off its analogue TV transmissions before the ITU deadline of June 2015, and it will be one of the first African countries to shift entirely to digital broadcasting. Tanzania’s Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Professor Makame Mbarawa, told the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference that the country was already 70 per cent […]

TV Educativa de Porto Alegre digitises channel station with VSN

Industry standards switching to HD, the need to comply with the digital switchover date in Brazil, its web-oriented workflow, together with the rapid changes in the broadcast technology industry, have made it essential to develop a project that would allow TV Educativa de Porto Alegre to move from analogue to digital work, from linear to nonlinear systems and from manual […]

STB obligation for Serbians

Serbia’s government says that around 38 per cent of homes in the country will have to buy a new digital set-top box because their TV sets are not suitable for digital TV reception. Serbia’s Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Tatjana Matic said the upcoming changes to all-digital broadcasting would impact 800,000 – 1 million homes who have yet to […]

SABER calls for action on ‘European Digital Divide’

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The SABER Project has called upon the members of the EU and their regional governments to implement co-ordinated Regional Voucher Schemes to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions to cut the Digital Divide across Europe’s most rural regions. According to June 2014 Digital Agenda Scoreboard up to 6 million EU houses are still without access to fixed broadband […]

Spain picks up €286 DTT retuning bill

The Spanish Government will pay the bill for readjusting DTT aerials on around one million buildings. The retuning must take place before the end of the year as a result of the allocation of the digital dividend to 4G operators. The Government estimates that the total cost to readjust the aerials will be €286 million (in comparison with the €800 […]

India ASO slips to December 2016

Getting anything decided, let alone implemented, is a near-nightmare. India’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry has decided to again set new dates for the implementation of its Digital Addressable Systems ruling, to December 2015 for Phase II cities and the following year, December 2016, for Phase IV smaller cities and towns. The existing rules (issued in November 2011) mandate that all […]

Philippines ASO slips 3 years

Some Filipino homes have already invested in digital TVs and set-top convertors ready for an analogue switch to digital planned for the end of 2015. Now the country’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is looking at requiring broadcast networks to shut off their analogue channels in 2018, and even this date might slip to 2019. NTC chief Gamaliel Cordoba said the […]

GSMA calls for early broadcast spectrum release

Trade body the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has called on the European Commission to accelerate the repurposing of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) better to respond to the changing ways content is being accessed. The move puts the GSMA in direct opposition to the European Broadcasting Union, which argues that an early release date is […]

EBU expresses 700 MHz DTT concerns

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies. The group, chaired by former European Commissioner and WTO Director General Pascal Lamy looked at future […]

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