Panama to start analogue switch-off in October 2018

The Authority of Public Services of Panama (Asep) opened a public consultation with the objective of receiving opinions and comments on the end of analogue transmissions and the implementation of DTT in the country.

The consultation opens the debate on the analogue switch-off in the provinces of Panama, Panama West and Colon, which are part of the so-called Phase I, and cover 62% of the country’s TV households. In these regions, the switch-off is scheduled for October 14, 2018, “as long as the regulation of service coverage and penetration of television receivers are met.” All contributions will be receive until October 2.

The transition process to Digital TV includes four stages, with an initial period of 18 months each, in which the concessionaires have to start their digital transmissions and simultaneously maintain the analogue ones. Phase II covers the provinces of Coclé, Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas; phase III Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro and phase IV the province of Darién.

According to a document presented by Asep, the digitalization of Phase I has been technically completed and Phase II is 70% ready. Currently, there are 21 TV contents already available in digital, of which 12 are transmitted in HD format.