Juan Fernandez Gonzalez| 02 December 2014
Fearing that over 10% of the population don’t have the proper technology to watch TV through its new digital network, Mexico’s federal telecoms institute IFT has once again postponed the second phase of the analogue switch-off.
With research by IFT into the level of digital terrestrial television (DTT) penetration in the country’s north-east area still ongoing, the Government wants to wait in order to avoid a huge portion of the population being left with no TV coverage, and therefore prevent the complaints and protests that were seen earlier in the year.
However, the Mexican Government is sticking to 2015 as the year for the analogue switch-off, despite some reports saying that over ten million Mexicans don’t have a DTT-ready TV or a set-top box (STB). According to the country’s regulation for TV digital transition, at least 90% of people have to be ready for the DTT signal before the analogue signal can be switched off.
The original strategy was to try out local switch-offs in different areas of the country, but the government has finally admitted that this will be impossible before 2015, with the switch-off in the north-east area probably taking place in February.
If the plan keeps to schedule, the cities of Mexicali, Juárez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey will be among the first to switch off analogue TV.