Minister pushes back start of digital switchover

11 Sep 2014

Peru has delayed the switchover to digital terrestrial television (DTT) by five years, TeleSemana cites Jose Gallardo Ku, Peru’s Minister of Transport and Communications, as saying. The transfer from analogue to digital was set to start in Q2 2014, Q3 2015 and Q4 2018 for regions one, two and three of Peru, including the cities of Lima and Callao. The official stressed that the deadline for the deactivation of analogue signals remains unchanged at 2020, 2022 and 2024. When the initial launch dates were set out in 2010, the minister explained, it was assumed that the market would have developed to the stage that digital receivers would be sufficiently widespread to support the switchover. However, the number of potential recipients is currently insufficient to make the switch to digital profitable.