Sri Lanka adopts DVB-T for digital TV

DVB-T will be the digital television standard to be adopted for Sri Lanka’s analogue to digital transition, according to a recent ABU report.
The announcement was made on the 27th August 09 at a Cabinet news briefing by the Media and Information Minister, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.
He said that the Japanese and US standards had also been considered, but as most countries in the Asian region were adopting the European DVB standard, the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission had decided to do the same.
The Minister said Cabinet had approved the proposal at its Thursday meeting.
“The current transmission system has to be upgraded, therefore 150 million rupees (about US$1.3 million) each will be allocated for both Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) and Independent Television Network (ITN) in the 2010 budget,” he said.
“The money will be utilised to purchase equipment and antennas required for the digital technology,” the Minister added.
Source: Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union
Item added: 31st August 2009