Ulaanbaatar transitions to digital TV
Mongolian terrestrial television network operators officially switched to digital technology on July 31. An open house was organized at Chinggis Khaan Square to provide residents with more information about the transition.
Out of the four digital technology standards implemented throughout the world, Mongolia chose to transfer to the European DVB-T2 standard. Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV) is designed to broadcast wide-screen images with 16:9 aspect ratio through HDTV and SDTV, enabling viewers to directly receive high-definition channels. Ten transmitters will be installed in Ulaanbaatar and 244 transmitters in soums. By the end of August, digital transmitters will be installed in remaining soums and settlements. Mongolia will have full digital TV coverage across the nation by 2016.
At the open house, many residents were concerned about whether their current TVs could be used with the digital TV switchover. The old analog signal will not be switched off even with the digital TV transition. Channels will be broadcast through a combined analog and digital system until January 1, 2016. During this period, residents will need to purchase either a Set Top Box modem or a TV that supports the new DVB-T2 standard. The Chairman of the Information Technology, Post and Telecommunication Authority (ITPTA), Ts.Jadamba, announced that analog signals will be completely switched off on January 1, 2016.
Countries all around the world are transitioning from analog to digital systems in a similar manner. Japan and South Korea were able to do a complete transition in five years. However, officials believe that Mongolia will be able to do a complete transition within two years.
The ITU Regional Office for the Asia and Pacific Region sent a letter congratulating Mongolia for transitioning to a digital system. Radio and telecommunication companies in the eastern and western regions of Mongolia report that broadcasts have been operating normally. Ts.Jadamba reported the successful introduction of Mongolia’s digital system during an online broadcast from Chinggis Khaan Square.
Trans. by B.DULGUUN
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