Mexico licenses 146 DTT channels
September 6, 2011
By Chris Forrester
Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Commission (FTC) has licensed a record 146 new digital terrestrial channels in the 10 months to June. The new services bring the total authorised DTT channels to 224.
Mexico is scheduled to switch off its analogue transmissions in 2015, although this decision – decreed by the FTC – is under examination by the Supreme Court, based on an argument that the FTC has exceeded its remit.
In a speech, Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderón, appealed to the Supreme Court, the FTC and Mexico’s Congress, to accelerate the transformation to digital broadcasting and to decide quickly whether the analogue switch-off will be effective, or not.