Malaysia to launch DVB-T trial soon

Additional details of the forthcoming DTT trial in Malaysia were posted on the ABU website recently.
Malaysia will launch a six-month trial of terrestrial digital transmission on 1 September this year at a cost of RM26 million (US$7.1 million), the country’s Deputy Information Minister, Chia Kwang Chye, has said.
Using the DVB-T standard, the trial will be conducted in Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas. Some 2,000 households have been selected for the pilot project, with half of them given set-top boxes to receive digital signals.
Participants of the trial will get to see three Radio Television Malaysia’s channels on digital transmission from 7pm to midnight daily, local time. Two of those are existing analogue channels, while the third is a new interactive channel.
Mr Chia said feedback on the digital signal would be gathered from the trial participants and compiled into a report. The report is to be submitted to the national Digital Task Force which will later make a decision on adopting the DVB-T standard
Source: ABU website
Item added: 22nd August 2006