Mexico DSO slips again
May 7, 2014
By Chris Forrester
Mexico’s broadcasting and telecoms regulator has again delayed the switch off of analogue TV in some key northern states. The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) says that the regions of Monterrey, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros, will not now switch to digital TV until November 26th. The original date was set for the end of this month, May 29th.
However, the regulator says that current digital TV penetration is short of the target 90 per cent needed to enable analogue to be switched off.
Nevertheless, another Mexican ministry (of Communications and Transportation) says that some cities will start digital transmissions this month, notably in the north of Mexico (and particularly in Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros, Valle Hermoso, Rio Bravo, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Miguel Aleman, Camargo, Méndez, Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, Ciudad Mier, San Fernando, Anahuac, Doctor Coss, China, General Bravo and Hidalgo).