Vietnam to complete digital switch by 2020
Vietnam’s Prime Minister has signed off on a nationwide analogue to digital migration plan which will see the country’s television stations broadcasting completely in digital by 2020.
Speaking at a press conference recently, Mr. Le Nam Thang, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication said the digitalisation scheme also aims to gradually expand digital terrestrial television coverage to serve the economic development , culture, society, and offer a variety of high-quality TV services (such as HDTV, 3DTV, etc.).
Specific objectives of the digital terrestrial television project include:
- By 2015 to ensure 80per cent of households with television sets across the country to view digital television by different methods, and that digital terrestrial TV serves up to 60per cent of the population.
- By 2020, to ensure that 100per cent of households with television sets across the country view digital television by different methods, and that digital terrestrial television coverage takes in up to 80per cent of the population.
Under the scheme approved by the Prime Minister, the DVB-T2 terrestrial digital TV standard was selected. The Vietnamese Government plans to subsidise poor households to enable them to purchase terrestrial digital TV receivers.