Mexico is not due to wholly switch off its analogue TV transmissions until December this year. But its Communications & Transport Ministry (SCT) says it still has to fund anther 4 millions digital TV sets in order to meet the digital switchover date.
SCT’s newly appointed Undersecretary of State Monica Aspe Bernal says that by the end of this year Mexico will have distributed 13 million new TV sets or converter boxes.
A month from now on July 14th the next stage of ‘switch-off’ is due to take place in the important border cities of Juarez, Chihuahua and Tecate in Lower California.
These three regions already have a better than 90 per cent digital penetration, and enough for a formal (and legal) analogue switch-off to take place.