Haiti’s transition to digital TV could cost up to USD30m

1 Oct 2014

Jean-Marie Guillaume, the director general of Haiti’s telecoms watchdog the Conseil National des Telecommunications (Conatel), has announced that the transition process from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT) could cost up to USD30 million, domestic news source Haiti Libre reports. The executive disclosed that the government would ‘engage in this funding’, although he did not provide further details on the amount of money the state plans to invest in the project.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, although Haiti is not subject to the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) June 2015 international deadline for the analogue switch-off, Mr Guillaume revealed in September 2012 that the country is gearing up for the transition. As Haiti is currently the only country in the region with a fully utilised 700MHz frequency band, Guillaume said: ‘We cannot completely convert our technology to 4G [Long Term Evolution], until we allow for the diffusion and the use of digital broadcasting.’