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Italy: €100 DVB T-2 switch grant

From August 23rd, Italian households can apply for a subsidy towards the purchase of TV sets compatible with the new DVB T-2/HEVC Main 10 DTT transmission standard. According to a decree published by the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico (Ministry of Economic Development), the subsidy consists of a 20 per cent discount on the purchase price […]

August 9, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy postpones MPEG-4 and DVB-T2 switchover

Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development has presented a roadmap in which it proposes the postponement of the DTT switchover from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 from September 1st 2021 to the September 1st 2022. The decision comes after both the Italian government and broadcasters realized that it is not possible to meet the initial deadlines. According to […]

July 28, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Cuba delays full digital TV until 2024

Cuba has delayed its digital switchover. Cuba’s deputy minister of communications, Ana Julia Marine Lopez, confirmed in an interview with a local newspaper that the nation has put off a complete switch to DTT until 2024. She blamed the delay on costs and the ongoing financial problems the nation is facing. According to Marine Lopez, […]

July 27, 2021By Chris Forrester

EC confirms Spain DTT aid broke rules

The European Commission has concluded that the aid received by terrestrial operators for the digitisation and extension of the terrestrial television network in remote areas of Spain was against EU State aid rules. Following the annulment of a 2013 Commission decision, the additional investigation has confirmed that, between 2005 and 2008, the operators of terrestrial […]

June 10, 2021By Colin Mann

SABC: “Digital is coming”

South Africa’s SABC public broadcaster is using public service announcements on its channels that its analogue broadcast are coming to an end and being replaced by digital TV signals. Scrolling messages are being shown on all of the SABC channels. The text reads: “Important notice: If you see this message, go to your nearest Post […]

May 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

Nigeria close to digital TV

Nigeria is close to migrating fully to digital TV. On April 29th residents of Lagos State, the former capital and still commercial heart of Nigeria, were given an official warning that they have just six months to switch from analogue TV reception to digital. The plan to introduce DTT was announced in 2006. Viewers can […]

May 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

South Africa DSO further delayed

South Africa is some ten years late in completing its digital switchover (DSO) from analogue TV. Now it seems the conversion will take even longer. Local reports say that the nation’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the country’s communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, have now agreed to a new target date of March 2023 to wrap up […]

December 10, 2020By Chris Forrester

Portugal: DTT frequency migration to cost under €4m

The total cost of the migration of DTT services in Portugal to free up the 700 MHz frequencies necessary for the rollout of 5G mobile technology will cost less than €4 million. The estimate was given by the President of the National Communications Authority (Anacom), João Cadete de Matos, who pointed out that the cost […]

November 9, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Tet chairman accused of €7.5m fraud

Juris Gulbis, chairman of the board of Latvian telco Tet (formerly Lattelecom) has been charged with possible involvement in fraud in the introduction of digital television in the country. The prosecutor’s office has indicted Gulbis and four other persons for participating in fraud, as a result of which Tet suffered a reported loss of €7,585,533. […]

November 2, 2020By Colin Mann

UK completes 700 MHz clearance

UK Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman has confirmed the milestone completion of the four-year, £350 million major infrastructure programme to clear the 700 MHz spectrum band, allowing new data capacity to be released for mobile operators. The 700MHz spectrum band had mainly been used for digital terrestrial TV broadcast as well as professional radio microphones […]

September 3, 2020By Colin Mann