Sri Lanka to go digital by 2017

The Sri-Lankan terrestrial broadcasting system will be fully converted to digital by 2017 according to Daily News quotes, from the Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.
He told a briefing in Colombo that he has appointed a committee to look into the technical aspects and evaluation of the digitalisation project and that it will be headed by Mass Media and Information Ministry Secretary W B Ganegala. He went on to say that the conversion process will begin in 2011 and because digital technology had the capacity to transmit several channels using a single frequency, obstacles to the expansion of broadcasting facilities could be removed, he said.
Sri Lanka will use the DVB-T2 digital standard. The first region to have the service will be the country’s Western Province which includes the capital, Colombo.
Source: ABU website
Item added: 20th December 2010