November 11, 2008
The purpose of issuing the “Digital Migration Strategy for TV Broadcasting” plan for consultation is to seek opinions on the TRA proposal to migrate from analog to digital TV broadcasting, which is based on the Geneva 2006 Agreement. This Agreement coordinates the allocation of frequencies for digital TV broadcasting in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to prevent harmful interference between the different countries.
A target date of 2015 for completion of the analogue switch-off has been set by ITU. The World Radio Conference 2007 has reviewed the UHF spectrum use and set the time for transition to Digital TV in most countries.
Digital TV technology allows more efficient use of the frequency spectrum and transmission of more programs and enables the introduction of new services such as “High Definition Television” which provides viewers with better quality pictures.
The “Digital Migration Strategy for TV Broadcasting” plan is being currently launched for consultation. Interested parties can submit their feedback before December 8th, 2008.
The final version of this plan will be published in both Arabic and English after the conclusion of the consultation process and following consultations with the Ministries of Telecommunications and Information and the relevant administrations in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
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