Brazil to begin analogue switch-off in 2015

Iñaki Ferreras | 25-08-2012

The Brazilian government is to complete the switchover from analogue to digital television by 2016, starting in phases in March 2015.

The decision was made based on the disparity in the deployment of digital terrestrial television (DTT), under the ISDB-T standard. Currently only large cities are in a position to switch over, because small municipalities have not yet installed digital TV stations.

This delay in the implementation of DTT also explains why the government is developing a national network clock tip of fourth generation mobile telecommunications, which should be ready before the start of the World Cup 2014 to be held in Rio.

Faced with the impossibility of complying with the digital switchover by 2016, Brazil’s Ministry of Communications designed the phased plan to start in March 2015 in Greater São Paulo, and will continue progressively in large cities such as Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Vitoria, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and Florianopolis.