Analogue switch-off by April 2010

Analogue switch-off in Spain will be implemented progressively in four phases starting in 2008 and finishing in April 2010 according to a government plan.
Switch offs in 2008 will effect 1% of the population and increase to 12% by mid 2009 and 32.4% by the end of that year.
The plan divides Spain into 73 technical areas with 90 transition projects in three different groups. The three groups are determined by population numbers; the first being areas with less than 500,000 inhabitants and high DTT coverage; the second having between 500,000 and 700,000 inhabitants; and the third with more than 700,000.
The DTT Transition Committee formed by Broadcasters, Manufacturers, Regional administrations, Consumer associations and Installers has already approved the plan.
It is hoped that the cabinet will give the go ahead in July so that the plan can be implemented.
Item added: 26th June 2007