MP asks for clarification on Argentine DTT rollout

Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 25-01-2012

An Argentine opposition MP has suggested figures divulged by the government regarding the rollout of the country's digital terrestrial television (DTT) network might have been exaggerated.

Voicing her concerns, Virginia Linares, an MP from the Wide Progressive Front (FAP) representing the Buenos Aires province, filed a request for information with the National Executive Power.
"According to the official propaganda, 70% of the country already has DTT coverage. However, in several areas of Central Argentina and in the Buenos Aires province, the rollout of this technology has not yet begun," the MP was quoted as stating by the news agency La Provincia.
It must be noted that the official website set up by the Argentine government to provide information about DTT and track the technology's progress claims that 60% of the population is currently actively reached by digital transmissions.
Nonetheless, Linares said "the lack of publicly available information following two years since the first rollouts began" was "disquieting".
In her request for information, the MP has asked for clarifications regarding the criterion that has been used to determine the order in which different locations are being switched on. She also asked for information about which specific areas and provinces are already enjoying live DTT broadcasts, as well as which others the government plans to upgrade and when.