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Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting for Countries in the Caribbean Region

Bridgetown (Barbados)
8-9 August 2011






Brief Description

Digital television offers many new opportunities for viewers: a larger selection of programs; availability of those programs on multiple devices, including mobile ones; much improved picture and audio quality; additional features such as interactive services, Electronic Program Guide, etc.

Of equal importance is the tremendous efficiency afforded by digital television systems to radiofrequency spectrum, attributable to advanced digital compression and modulation techniques. This efficiency makes a possible more advanced digital broadcasting services, as well as the opportunity for additional new services (e.g. broadband wireless services, additional broadcasting services).

All these reasons attract not only the operators and content creators into the arena of digital broadcasting but other players in the value chain such as manufacturers. This would lead to in the future, an end to the production of analogue television equipment (transmitters and receivers). The Caribbean will therefore have to switch to digital television before this stage is reached. There has been steady work done across the Caribbean to consider the requirements for Digital Switchover. However some jurisdictions are more advanced than others. This transition itself requires a large degree of co-ordination and cooperation between the various players in the broadcasting, telecom and ICT sectors including administration, broadcasting operators, content creators, manufacturers and viewers. And it is this cooperation that will be a key factor to the development of a successful timetable for transition.

This 2-day training workshop will lay emphasis on providing information that would assist in the planning process and facilitate decision making on how best countries and organizations can prepare themselves for transitioning to digital broadcasting.

Target Audience:

- Managing Directors of public and private Radio/TV and Cable organizations,
Senior Engineers, Telecom and Spectrum Specialists,
Regulators and Policy Specialists,
Other interested stakeholders. 

Day 1 (8 August 2011)

Registration: 8:30 - 9:30

9:30 – 10:45 hours

Opening Session

  • Chairman's Opening Remarks, Patrick Cozier, Caribbean Broadcasting Union
  • Introduction of the participants and the speakers
  • Special address from ITU, Philip Cross, Chief of ITU Caribbean Regional Office, Barbados
Coffee/Tea break: 10:45 - 11:00 hours

11:00 – 12:30 hours

Session 1: ITU Activities for digital terrestrial television transition: Presentation 1 - Presentation 2
István Bozsóki, ITU Senior Engineer, Spectrum Management and Broadcasting

This session is providing information on the importance of the digital terrestrial broadcasting transition, the relevant ITU activities and documents.

Lunch break: 12:30 - 14:00 hours

14:00 - 15:30 hours

Session 2: Importance of digital terrestrial television
Cordel Green, Regional Specialist

This session underlines the importance of Digital Television and begins the dialogue on getting started.

Coffee/Tea break: 15:30 - 15:45 hours

Session 3: Transition to Digital Television: Policy and Regulatory Considerations
Cordel Green, Regional Specialist

This session discusses policy approaches for charting a path to seamless transition.

Day 2 (9 August 2011)

9:30 – 10:45 hours

Session 4: Managing the Transition: Presentation 1 - Presentation 2 - Presentation 3
István Bozsóki, ITU Senior Engineer, Spectrum Management and Broadcasting

This session discusses the relevant analogue switch of activities, gives overview of the status of the transition around the world and provide examples how to inform the viewers on the changes.

Coffee/Tea break: 10:45 - 11:00 hours

11:00 – 12:30 hours

Session 5: Spectrum issues in Transitioning from Analogue to Digital; Negotiating the Digital Dividend
Cordel Green, Regional Specialist

This session will discuss the spectrum related issues trends in spectrum transitions including the purposes for which released frequencies could be used.

Lunch break: 12:30 - 14:00 hours

14:00 – 16:30 hours

Session 6: Next Steps for Caribbean

Group Exercise
Team task: During this group exercise, the participants will discuss:

- the importance of DSO for the Caribbean Countries

- establishing a planning committee and the desirable composition

- the roles of public broadcaster and cable sector

- a feasible transition period

Closing Session: 16:30 - 17:00 hours


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