Bolivia’s analog blackout, which had originally been arranged for November 2021, was once again moved by the Nation’s cabinet of ministers, which agreed that the process will have its first phase in the cities of Cochabamba, La Paz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, on November 30, 2024.
By the agreed date, all operators must begin to migrate to the standard Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting Terrestrial (ISDB-T) system adopted by the country. According to the decree, the technology developed in Japan will allow companies to broadcast in better quality, enable a greater number of channels and incorporate new tools and guides for programming, interactivity and mobile television, among other possibilities.
On the other hand, the document also detailed that the closing of the schedule, previously coordinated for 2025, will finally be on November 30, 2028, where the third and final phase of the process will take place. “It is in this understanding that our Government decided to extend this blackout in three years. In the main axis until 2024, in Cobija and other regions with a population greater than 40,000 inhabitants until 2026 and in the challenge until 2028”, Édgar Montaño, Minister of Public Works of Bolivia, explained.