Cuba to start analogue switch-off in July

Cuba plans to start a partial analogue switch-off in July, according to local newspaper Granma. DTT coverage is expected to reach 100% of the country within a period of three years.
The first stage of the gradual process will begin in the municipality Isla de la Juventud (west) and in five municipalities in the central province of Sancti Spíritus. Grisel Reyes León, president of the Computer and Communications Business Group (GEIC), told Granma that the State will replace the analogue equipment in educational and health centers, or they will provide set-top boxes for DTT.
In turn, the executive said that they are promoting, along with the stores, the sale of boxes or hybrid equipment in zones where the switch-off will begin. In low-income sectors, the government will subsidize decoders. According to Reyes León, the analogue switch-off will be carried out in stages and will also depend on the production capacity of the national industry and the economic and financial reality of the country.