Azerbaijan to launch digital television broadcasting in 2-3 weeks
July 13th, 2009 - 10:08 UTC by Andy Sennitt

The first stage of digital TV broadcasting is expected to begin in Azerbaijan, by late July or early August. According to the International Telecommunication Unionís recommendations, all the countries, including Azerbaijan, should switch fully to digital television broadcasting until 2015.

The relevant program in Azerbaijan consists of three stages (1st stage - 2007-10, 2nd stage - 2011-13, and 3rd stage - 2014-15). Two broadcasting packages each of four channels will be put into operation originally in Baku, Ganja and Nakhchivan, and as a whole, only one package will be commissioned around the country. As a result, 60-70% of the population will be covered by digital broadcasting.

An additional package will be introduced at the second stage in order to expand digital broadcasting coverage in Baku, Ganja and Nakhchivan. As a result, three packages will be in operation and two packages throughout the country. After that coverage of the population will increase from 60-70% up to 90%.

Commissioning of three 12 programme packages is planned until 2013. The third stage includes works aimed at improving broadcasting quality due to installation of additional transmitters and obtaining 98% of population coverage.

Digital television broadcasting was launched in Azerbaijan as a pilot project in Baku on 10 October 2004.