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New ITU updated guidelines on the digital switchover feature in Dubai

Issue N°7, Dubai, 7 April 2014  

The ITU has presented updated guidelines to help developing countries make a smooth transition from analogue to digital broadcasting as many countries prepare to meet the universal 2015 deadline for the switchover.

The presentation was made at a special event on the sidelines of WTDC-14 and also highlighted new features of ITU's spectrum management system for developing countries, known as SMD4DC.

Speaking on behalf of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) Director Brahima Sanou, BDT Deputy Director Yushi Torigoe noted that the guidelines provide information and recommendations on policy, regulation, technologies, network planning, customer awareness and business planning to ensure the smooth transition to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and the introduction of mobile television broadcasting.

Launched in 2010, the guidelines for the switchover were updated with the support of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan. The latest version, which is applicable worldwide, will soon be available on the ITU website free of charge.

It was emphasized that BDT's role was not only to enable developing countries to make a smooth transition to digital broadcasting but also to assist them in the post-transition phase. In this regard, it was reported that in the past few years BDT has provided assistance to more than 30 countries and that the transition is expected to reach its peak level in the next four years.

WTDC-14 participants, including high-level government officials, regulators and delegates were also given a comprehensive presentation of ITU's SMS4DC computer programme designed to assist the administrations of developing countries in performing their spectrum management responsibilities more effectively.

ITU Senior Communications Engineer Istvan Bozsoki explained that SMS4DC provides assistance on technical and regulatory procedures for managing spectrum allocated to land mobile, fixed and broadcasting services. It includes the use of an open-source global digital terrain map.

A low cost, entry-level system, SMS4DC includes many features and functions. Launched in 2007, it has undergone various upgrades.



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