The companies have developed equipment with quality technology for the reception of signals that can emit early alerts to the population. For the Ecuadorian industry, the transition from analogue to digital television is an opportunity not only to boost the sale of these appliances, but also to show the capacity for innovation and local technological development.
The analogical blackout and its definitive transition todigital television is planned by the Government by the end of 2023, afterhaving been postponed several times since the previous regime. For the use ofthis technology, citizens must have a television that has the ISDB-T tuner(Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting), which is a set of standards createdby Japan to receive radio or television broadcasts by land, since there is thissame system also for satellite or cable transmissions.
Those who own an analog television, must acquire a decoder that allows transforming the signal and converting it into digital. The Undersecretary of Telecommunications and ICT, Paola Vanegas, believes that the digital jump does not only bring benefits for the population that will have open signal channels of higher quality video, image, sound, multiprogramming and an early warning system, but also brings benefits also for local assembly companies.
Fernando Carrera, manager of the company MP3 Audio, which together with the company Tarpuq assembled and commercialized several devices, including televisions, highlighted that the jump to the digital signal and the incorporation of the necessary technology for its reception and transmission, allows to show the capacity of the Ecuadorian industry to face this challenge with the highest quality standards. “Thanks to the innovation ecosystem created by the MP3 and Tarpuq companies, both from the city of Cuenca, we managed the design, development, manufacture and installation of motherboards in the televisions assembled in the country, which allows not only access to digital signal, but also to an operating system that converts these appliances into smart TVs connected to the Internet and at affordable prices, “said the businessman.
He also stressed that the analog blackout will allow people to renew their products with technology generated in the country and developed with quality standards, even higher than international standards.
Early warning to protect the population
Digital television has several advantages such as better image and sound quality, interactivity and spectrum optimization thanks to the ability to transmit several signals in the same assigned channel.
However, it also offers the possibility of issuing early warnings to the populations in which they live in situations of vulnerability to natural disasters or climatic phenomena. The Undersecretary of Telecommunications told this newspaper that early warnings will allow rescue and protection agencies to save lives by the possibility of sending immediate messages to conglomerates at risk.
“At the moment we are making pilots to send massive messages and to focus on the citizenship to which the alerts will be sent,” Vanegas said.
According to the planning, the Ministry of Telecommunications developed a master plan that, in a first phase, estimates a total change to digital television for Quito, in May 2020, while the second phase will be implemented in Guayaquil and its surroundings in July 2020.
The third phase will be applied to populations of 200,000 to one million inhabitants in July 2022. In the last stage, there are localities with less than 200,000 inhabitants by 2023.
Representatives of the public, private and academic sectors contributed to the formulation and development of the master plan for the transition in Ecuador from analogue television to digital terrestrial television, scheduled for 2023.
Four phases contemplate the plan for the totalimplementation of digital television in the country Dissemination of its useMintel will carry out educommunication campaigns so that the population knowsthe benefits of digital TV. (I)