Argentina commits to rolling DTT by the end of the year
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 20-08-2012
Argentina's top mobile phone companies, Movistar, Claro and Personal, have committed to working with manufacturers to build digital terrestrial TV (DTT) into handsets, so that subscribers can receve free-to-air digital broadcast TV signals on their mobile devices.
Debora Giorgi, Argentina's Minister of Industry, said that there are 50 antennae in the market, with 80 planned by the end of the year, which will allow reception of about 20 broadcast channels nationwide, with 28 scheduled to be ive by the end of the year.
DTT is a technology that allows local broadcast stations to upgrade their facilities to deliver TV signals over the air, for free, using special earmarked wireless spectrum. Thus, viewers can receive broadcast TV over the air at no charge, without impacting the 3G or 4G mobile broadband infrastructure or signals.
Argentina is using the Japanese standard for DTT, known as ISDB-T, instead of the North American choice of ATSC or Europe's favoured DVB-H standard. In this ARgentina is harmonising with the rest of the region, including Brazil and Venezuela. That sweetens the pot for handset makers to include the technology while also driving procing down as volumes ramp up.
Giorgi said that Movistar, Claro and Personas are being told that they must launch compatible mobile phones by the end of the year.