Serbia postpones DSO
From Branislav Pekic in Rome

The Serbian government has introduced changes to its Strategy for the Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting, both in terms of the deadline and function.

Earlier rumours from the Ministry of Culture, Information and the Information Society regarding the postponement of the original deadline of April 4th 2012 has now been officially confirmed.

The government did not define a new deadline for the DSO, but leaves the possibility that the transition process is completed by June 17th 2015, the date set by the ITU for the completion of the digital migration.

The Strategy adopted by the Serbian government in July 2009, also foresaw that all analogue transmitters would be switched-off in one day. The latest changes, according to experts, introduce a more rational solution for an area-by-area switch, with a period of simultaneous broadcasting of analogue and digital TV signals.

A pilot DVB-T2/MPEG-4 digital multiplex should be put into operation by March 15th. There will be a total of 15 transmitter locations for Serbia’s two digital multiplexes.