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Mexico U-turn on digital adoption

December 7, 2015

By Chris Forrester

Barely ten days ago the Mexican government had – seemingly – confirmed a December 31st 2015 switch-off date for their analogue TV transmissions.  But December 3rd saw parliament’s upper house of senators reverse that policy, saying a December 31st date would leave “millions” without access to TV.

The proposal will now revert back to the nation’s Chamber of Deputies who will need to change the country’s constitution.

The original December 31st date has been fixed for some 5 years, and enshrined into law as part of the 2013 Constitution and as part of the Telecoms Act of 2013.

The change of heart has come about because a recent total switch-off in Mexico’s second-largest city of Montere.

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