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Analog to be switched off in 15 provinces

Update: August, 12/2017 - 09:59
Analog television signals will be switched off in 15 cities and provinces on August 15, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) said.— Photo ictnews.vn

HÀ NỘI — Analog television signals will be switched off in 15 cities and provinces on August 15, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) said.

Deputy Minister Phạm Hồng Hải on Thursday sent an official announcement to the provincial people’s committees and telecom providers asking them to ensure residents are prepared for the change.

These localities are the northern provinces of Quảng Ninh, Thái Nguyên, Nam Định and Thái Bình, as well as Ninh Bình, Bắc Giang, Phú Thọ and the southern provinces of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, along with Bình Thuận, Đồng Nai, Long An and Bến Tre, in addition to Đồng Tháp, An Giang and Tiền Giang.

Accordingly, the provincial television and broadcasting stations and departments of information and communications have been told to increase information on the digitalisation process.

It is recommended that viewers get a digital terrestrial television receiver before the analog signal is switched off.

The ministry also asked the departments of information and communications to focus on STB support for poor and nearly-poor households in the 15 cities and provinces.

According to the management board of the programme to provide public telecom services, more than 479,000 poor and nearly-poor households in the 15 localities would be provided support to install digital terrestrial television receivers. Twelve out of the 15 provinces have basically completed the installation for poor and nearly-poor households. The three remaining provinces of Bắc Giang, Thái Nguyên and Quảng Ninh will completed the installation before August 15.

The provinces have also been asked to inform people about the support switchboard at phone number 1900-1559 and website sohoatruyenhinh.vn.

Việt Nam is targeting a move to digital terrestrial television broadcasting from analog by 2020 in the entire country as per the roadmap on development of digitalisation of television.

By the end of last year, the country had 13 cities and provinces moving from analog to digitalisation of television. — VNS

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