The Ministry of Communications in Nepal is enforcing the compulsory digitization of TV in major cities in Nepal. The analog TV services will not be allowed in important regions of the country after April 28.
According to the ministry, analog services have become outdated and the quality of the services are deteriorating over time. This is the reason why they are being replaced and as mentioned earlier by NexTV News India, “a number of issues like lack of preparation, the 2015 earthquake and subsequent blockade obstructed the government’s plan. The government’s initiative is in line with the 2017 deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union of the United Nations (UN) for countries to go digital”.
Further, consumers will definitely have to acquire a set-top box or switch to Direct-To-Home (DTH) to have access to digital signal.
Officials have announced the cut off of analog services in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Birgunj, Biratnagar and Pokhara. As from November 1, the measure will be applicable to all municipalities across Nepal. It is to be noted that as from April next year, all analog services throughout Nepal will be stopped.