Ecuador: Three out of ten homes have digital TV set

According to data from Ecuador’s Telecommunications Ministry (Mintel), published by El Comercio, currently only three out of ten households have a TV set with digital technology. The new plan for the country’s migration to DTT, which was presented on September 19, established that the analog switch-off will begin in 2020 and will end in 2023.
According to the schedule, in a first phase, in May 2020, the ASO will be carried out in the capital Quito and its surroundings localities. In July 2020, it will include Guayaquil and surroundings cities. Phase 3 will take place in 2022 in cities with populations between 200,000 and 1 million people. The final phase will take place in December 2023, in cities with a population up to 200,000 people.
According to Mintel, about 185,000 vulnerable households are not in a position to buy a digital TV set or a set-top box (STB). Given this situation, the government will create a plan to acquire STBs and deliver them to low-income households. Currently, in Quito there are 10 channels with trial DTT broadcasts.