Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 04-09-2013
The transition to DTT has been experiencing problems in Latin America, but the situation could get better and the process may speed up within the next few months, according to Signals Telecom Consulting.
Politics, technology and the economy are all involved in the transition to DTT and all have been causing difficulties.
According to Signals Telecom, the biggest battle has been to decide upon the technology standard. It was expected to be a competition between the US' ATSC standard and the European DVB-T, but this became a three-horse race when Brazil decided to go with its own version of the Japanese ISDB-T standard. This affected, for example, Uruguay's transition (which had selected the European standard) as well as Venezuela's (which decided on the Chinese DTMB standard), because both countries finally decided to choose the Brazilian path in order to have a unified Latin American market.
Signals Telecom also points to the uncompleted technological updating of devices and spectrum sharing issues are also behind the region's slow transition to DTT. In addition, the geographical difficulties of the region have made each Government think very carefully about their individual situations.
However, since the financial situation in the region seems to be stable and there is a general agreement regarding the TV standard, Signals Telecom believes that the official switch-off date (between 2015 to 2024) may be brought forward. Only Chile and some Central American countries, which are still discussing dates, don't seem to be ready to speed up the process.