Venezuela to extend DTT to 60% of population

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 24-08-2013

Venezuela’s Government has started the second phase of its DTT project, which will bring the digital TV to over 60% of the population by the end of the year.

As with the first phase, broadcasting stations will be built and nearly 400,000 set-top boxes (STBs) will be delivered.
The first of the nine new stations has been already built in Mérida district. The rest will be constructed towards the end of the year and all of them are expected to be working by the beginning of 2014.
The first phase aimed to bring DTT coverage to the country’s main cities, and the second phase will concentrate on Mérida, Acarigua, Altos Mirandinos, Caricuao, Ciudad Bolívar, Nueva Esparta, El Tigre and Cumaná.
According to the Minister of Science and Technology Manuel Fernández, up to 400,000 ISDB-T STBs will be also delivered to the people with fewer resources, with 220,000 of them already handed over in the first phase at the beginning of the year. “When it comes to who gets the STB, the main selection criteria is those families that have no pay-TV subscription”, explained Fernández.
From September, those who didn’t receive a free STB will be able to buy one in the shops, as well as a TV with a decoder already built in.

The public plans are to bring DTT coverage to 70% of population by the end of 2014, when only the most remote parts of the country will be out of the digital TV terrestrial network.