DTT reaches five million in Cuba
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 08 October 2014
Since digital terrestrial television (DTT) deployment started in Cuba in 2013 many difficulties have been overcome, including the lack of technological imports, but today DTT is available for around five million people in the country.

According to Science and Technology Innovation Director, Grissel Reyes, talking on the public TV programme Mesa Redonda, the current coverage area enables five million people able to get a digital signal, but only a few of them have the necessary technology.

The national TV industry has produced 80,000 DTT-ready TVs, 36,000 of which have already been purchased, while over 56,000 families have a set-top box (STB) which has been donated by the Chinese Government. Another 100,00 STBs are available on the market, with 40,000 more on their way.

Still, the numbers, which aren't official, are far from showing a high penetration rate among the five million people living in the area covered by DTT.

Since 2013, 34 broadcasting stations have been built and 17 more are expected to be installed during 2015, increasing coverage to 21 new towns.

The digitalisation process is still expected to last for ten years, although no analogue switch-off date has been set yet.

Through the incipient DTT network, the Cuban Government is broadcasting eight TV and six radio programmes, which can be received through the DTT-ready TVs or the STBs.