Uruguay slows down DTT deployment, delays analogue switch-off
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 10 November 2014
Due to a "lack of maturity" of the digitalisation process in Uruguay's various TV networks, the Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicación (Ursec), has decided to postpone the country's analogue switch-off, which was scheduled for the beginning 2015.
ursecIn an interview during No Toquen Nada, a radio programme on Uruguay's Oceano FM, Gabriel Lombide, Ursec's president, said the telecom authority had received "different postponement petitions from the country's networks and we saw the digitalisation was not mature enough in order to make it in the coming months."
The analogue switch-off is now set for 31 December 2015, almost a year after it was initially scheduled.
Uruguay's free-to-air (FTA) networks 4, 10 and 12 have been testing the digital broadcasting through the standard ISBD-T since December 2013, becoming fully operational last October. But the only two new channels are airing through DTT, with Giro and VTV seemingly not able to start broadcasting yet.
Lombide's announcement coincides with one made from public telecom operator Antel last week, saying it will implement the DTT network in two phases during this year and next, building a network covering the whole country and including 44 transmitters and 28 studios. The network will be supported by Net Insight's technology.