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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 […]

Philippines set for ISDB-T deployment

The Philippines has moved one step closer to deployment of Japanese digital terrestrial broadcasting standard Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) following the release of a draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the transmission switchover by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba has invited all affected and interested parties to a public hearing for the proposed […]

India delays analogue switch-off, again

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India’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry has again postponed the nation’s total switch-off of its analogue broadcasting. The new date is December next year, whereas the official target was December this year. The Ministry says there is still too much to be done, with – in particular – the cable industry needing to buy in new digital equipment, and obtain licenses […]

STM STB platform for Brazil DSO

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor company and serving supplier of set-top box ICs globally, is supporting the digital switchover and the transition to richer TV services in Brazil with a complete ready-to-produce digital set-top box platform developed in close cooperation with Brazilian digital-TV software specialist EiTV and digital-communications chipmaker MaxLinear. The highly integrated platform is optimised for the Brazilian market, supporting […]

Kenya wants digital TV delay

A Kenyan consumer lobby group is asking the country’s Supreme Court to further delay the full adoption of digital TV and delay the ending of analogue broadcasts. Lawyers Henry Kurauka and Paul Muite, representing the Consumer Federation of Kenya, argued that the country’s Attorney General had misled the court by saying that Kenya would be left behind in terms of […]

Fiji goes digital

Fiji Broadcasting celebrated its Diamond (60th) anniversary on August 2nd and used the occasion to announce the launching of a nation-wide digital TV platform. Fiji’s prime minister Vorege Bainimarama said the new platform would improve the quality of TV signals, and boost the number of channels available to all viewers. The Dept. Of Communications would oversee the establishment of the […]

$21 voucher for Thai digi-viewers

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Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecoms Commission (NBTC) has set the value of its ‘free’ voucher to help subsidise the costs of digital conversion at $21.65 per household (690 Thai Baht). The scheme has to be approved by the new government’s National Council for Peace & Order which is meeting tomorrow (July 30) and – if approved – the NBTC will […]

Rushed analogue switch-off threatens African TV

Ovum research finds that most sub-Saharan countries – notably Nigeria and South Africa – will not achieve the ITU-mandated 2015 deadline to switch off their analogue terrestrial TV signals due to: a lack of awareness amongst the public that analogue switch-off is impending; inadequate funds being made available by governments to roll out digital TV infrastructure; and insufficient supplies of […]

Vaizey: ‘Government working towards a digital radio future’

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has told the UK radio industry that the Government fully supports the long-term transition to a digital future, but is not yet in a position to announce dates for a final switchover to digital radio. Vaizey plans to say more on the matter towards the end of the year. Addressing the […]

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