Romania braces for switchover to digital television

by Andy Sennitt

The Romanian government has authorised the Ministry of Communications to start procedures for the granting of licences for the terrestrial transmission of TV broadcasts in digital format across 80 percent of Romania’s territory.

“Technically speaking, Romania has the necessary resources to implement the terrestrial transmission of TV programs in digital format across 60 percent of the country, but my goal is that we achieve a percentage of 80 percent by the end of 2009,” said Minister of Communications Gabriel Sandu, cited by daily Ziarul financiar. He added that the government has mandated the Ministry of Communications and Information Society (MCSI) to initiate the transition from analogue to digital television and implement broadband [sic]radio services nationwide.

According to the strategy paper, no analogue television broadcaster shall remain operational in Romania after January 1, 2012, the date when the transition from analog to DVB-T television services is due to be finalized.