DTH powers Colombian DTT expansion
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 08 October 2014
dthsocialSatellite has several times been employed as the solution to improved broadcasting in remote areas, and now the Colombian Government has decided to use direct-to-home (DTH) to power the country's digital terrestrial television (DTT) expansion.

Following what has been called the social TV project, Diego Molano Vega, the Minister for Information and Communication Technologies, said the government will be "covering 100% of the territory with public, free and digital TV".

According to the Minister, up to 16 HD channels will be broadcast through satellite slots which will be used to launch specific networks focusing on education, culture, agriculture and health, among other topics.

The project – which will be developed over ten years and has a budget of $35 million – will be carried out by the Señal Colombia Sistema de Medios Públicos (RTVC).

The main goal is to reach the country's most remote areas and the 306 municipalities which are currently out of DTT range. Thus, DTH technology will complement the terrestrial network, which is expected to cover 65% of the country by January 2015.

Both through DTT and DTH, Colombians will initially receive the public networks, namely Señal Colombia, Señal Institucional, Canal Uno, Canal Capital, Canal Trece, Telecaribe, Teleislas, Telepacífico, Telecafé, Teleanquioquía and Canal Tro.