Brazil switches off analog TV in four capital cities

Brazil will switch-off analog TV this Tuesday in the cities of Macapá (capital of the state of Amapá), Porto Velho (Rondonia), Palmas (Tocantins) and Cuiabá (Mato Grosso), which already have 90% of the population ready to move towards DTT.
It was planned that three other cities – Rio Branco (Acre), Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul) and Boa Vista (Roraima) – would also carry out the analog switch-off (ASO) on the same date but according to the regulator Anatel, they did not reach the minimum percentage required (90%). For this reason, the migration in these capital cities starts today and will extend until October 31 so that the population has more time to acquire the digital receivers.
In Brazil, beneficiaries of social plans receive a free kit (set-top box, antenna and remote control) for digital TV. The ASO allows the 700 MHz band to be used for mobile telephony. Recently, Anatel announced that it has already authorized the use of this frequency for mobile services in all the capital cities of the country.