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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

Portugal’s DTT migration further delayed

The process of releasing the 700 MHz frequency band, currently used for DTT and essential for the start-up of 5G in Portugal, has been postponed from August 3rd to August 12th. The National Communications Authority (Anacom) said it has been informed by DTT network operator Meo of the need to change the DTT migration timetable […]

July 21, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome

2nd next-gen transmitter for Phoenix Model Market

Another chapter in the rollout of next-generation TV service in the US is being written in the collaborative Phoenix Model Market, with the launch of ATSC 3.0 signals from KASW-TV (CW). The station becomes the second TV transmission source in the nation’s 11th largest TV market. Phoenix now has two ATSC 3.0 transmission towers whose […]

July 9, 2020

NEXTGEN TV launches show growing momentum

Just as four broadcasters launch NEXTGEN TV service in the Las Vegas market, broadcast standards body the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) is showcasing more than 80 NEXTGEN TV product and technology highlights in a new ‘Spring 2020 Progress Report’ on its newly-launched Spotlight ATSC 3.0 web page. “Today marks another milestone in the advance […]

May 27, 2020

ICASA speeds up TV digital dividend

South Africa’s complete conversion from analogue to digital broadcasting was due to be completed by June 2015. The long-delayed process finally received a push towards the finish line on May 22nd. The country’s media regulator, ICASA, published its frequency spectrum realignment plan for the frequencies between 470 MHz and 649 MHz and in ICASA’s words: […]

May 26, 2020

Ghana abandons DSO

The coronavirus is forcing Ghana’s Ministry of Communications to abandon its plans for the digital switchover of TV signals for the time being. The project was due to be completed by June this year, but the Ministry says that due to the problems over the supply of components, especially in the greater Accra region and […]

April 17, 2020By Chris Forrester

Hong Kong gives away 80,000 TVs

Hong Kong is to give all its low-income households a free digital TV ahead of the government’s analogue TV switch-off. Hong Kong says that some 92 per cent of all its homes have converted to digital transmissions but this still left around 100,000 homes still needing to convert. Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau […]

January 15, 2020By Chris Forrester

Altice Portugal anticipates start of DTT migration

Altice Portugal has agreed to start the migration process of the DTT network on February 7th 2020 to the sub-700 MHz band, thus accepting the demand of the National Communications Authority (Anacom). However, the owner of DTT network operator Meo maintains July 24th as the end of the migration period and rejects “any non-compliance” with […]

December 18, 2019From Branislav Pekic in Rome

NEXTGEN TV: 2nd transmission facility

As broadcasters converge on Manhattan this week for NAB Show New York, the Phoenix Model Market partners and Pearl TV have revealed several developments that will positively impact the deployment of NEXTGEN TV signals throughout the USA. A second transmission facility for NEXTGEN TV broadcasts in Phoenix, AZ is planned for later in 2019 that […]

October 15, 2019By Colin Mann