ANTV, EU boost digital TV deployment in Colombia

Colombia’s National Television Authority (ANTV) and the European Union (EU) announced the beginning of an agreement to support the migration to digital terrestrial television in Colombia.

The agreement includes an investment of €8 million (USD 9.4 million) by the EU, which will target three key aspects: technical assistance to government entities, set-top boxes for the population and a monitoring center in the capital Bogotá.

According to ANTV, the first objective is the installation of more than 45,000 STBs, which will benefit low-income families. For this initiative, € 4 million (USD 4.7 million) will be invested, while for the technical assistance € 3.8 million (USD 4.5 million).

“Thirteen new municipalities with over 45,000 decoders, training and monitoring in real time, are part of this agreement that becomes a vital contribution to achieve the appropriation of the new DTT technology and expand the coverage, which now reaches 70.3 % of the country,” said David Luna, Minister of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).