Colombia's DTT to reach 65% of population
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 25-04-2014
Colombia has announced that it will enter the second phase of its DTT deployment, aiming to cover 65% of the population, before the end of 2014.

The Government will decide on 14 May which company will be in charge of the project.

According to Diana Celis, manager of Señal Colombia Sistema de Medios Públicos, the Colombia's radio and TV agency, speaking to El Nuevo Siglo, the project's second phase is expected to be completed by November.

Colombia, which is the only Latin American country to have chosen the European standard for DTT (DVB-T2), is to dedicate $3.5 million to the deployment of the network. The project will be carried out by one of five companies competing in the bid process, namely Unión Temporal Istronyc-Syes, Broad Telecom, Italtelec, Mier Comunicaciones and Unión Temporal Rsco-Rses.

Colombia's DTT signal is currently available in the capital district of Bogotá and the country's second biggest cities of Medellín and Cartagena. The second phase will bring digital TV signal to the areas of Neiva, Florencia, Sincelejo, Montería, San Andrés and Armenia, which are close to the most populated areas of the country but are currently without coverage.

Colombia's analogue switch-off won't take place until at least 2019.