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Indotel to get help from FCC for digital TV switch in the DR

The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) reached an agreement for assistance from the US government for the digitalization of the Dominican television system. Indotel reported that a Letter of Intent was signed in Washington, D.C. on 10 May 2017, by José del Castillo Saviñón, president of Indotel, and Ajit Pai, president of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Also present at the signing were executive director of Indotel Katrina Naut; Marcos Peña, member of the board of Indotel; Danilo Polanco, manager for User Protection; and Maria Waleska Alvarez, CEO of Caribbean Network Access Point (NAP del Caribe).

In 2010, José Rafael Vargas, who was president of the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL), oversaw the Dominican Republic adoption of the United States’ ATSC Digital Television Standard for digital terrestrial television broadcasting.  The original plan called for the analog broadcast television to be phased out in country by September 2015. While, the process has been delayed, director del Castillo is intent on leading the country to make the switch by 2021.

The implementation of ATSC DTV standards are expected to usher in a wealth of new applications, including high-definition television (HDTV), mobile digital television broadcasting, multiple simultaneous programs of standard-definition television (SDTV) and multi-channel surround-sound digital audio, in addition to a wealth of other data broadcasting and interactive services.

Source: DR1, Elnuevodiario

May 23, 2017

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