Vietnam launches digital TV scheme

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 26 May 2015

A pilot digital terrestrial television (DTT) service has been launched in Hanoi by the Red River Delta Transmission Broadcasting Company (RTB).

The service provides 14 SD and HD channels in Hanoi and five cities and provinces in northern Vietnam. By the end of 2015 RTB plans to cover the entire Red River Delta area, using two frequencies. The service was inaugurated by Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang.

Five cities under the central authority will switch from analogue to DTT by the end of this year as part of the country's digitisation programme, reports

Vietnam Television (VTV), Vietnam Television Corporation (VTC) and An Vien Television (AVG) already provide digital TV services throughout the country, while RTB JSC provides a digital service in the north and Southern Digital Television (SDTV) Company offers a service in southern Vietnam.

RTB, founded on 27 March 2014, had a charter capital of VND30 billion (more than US$1.36 million) contributed by four major shareholders: Hanoi Television, Hanel Company Limited, Hanoi Television Development Investment JSC, and Hanoi Cable Television.