Bolivia puts off analog blackout without setting a new date

Bolivian Government informed it decided to postpone the analog blackout, with the aim for smaller channels and general population to get ready to migrate to DTT. The process was scheduled to begin in November this year in different phases, until its conclusion, in 2024. No new date was announced for its implementation.

Alvaro Garcia Linera, Bolivian Vice President, emphasized on the efforts made by TV channels to its technologically adaptation to this process, but acknowledged that some could not do so. He indicated that they are mostly local channels, but  he added to that fact that ‘a huge part of the population does not have the devices to access to DTT. That is the reason why the Government agreed with the sector to postpone the analog blackout for several years, possibly between two and five, based on a report made by the Communication Ministry’.

DTT migration process delay  was agreed at a meeting in La Paz, between Bolivian President, Evo Morales, members of his Government, the media and the National Press Association (ANP) and Bolivian Radio Broadcasting Organizations (ASBORA) representatives. The system established in Bolivia is the ISDB and, as ordered by the Bolivian Telecommunications, Transport Regulation and Control Authority (ATT), TVs must have a STB or tuner approved by the entity to develop digital broadcasting.

Bolivian digital TV frequencies distribution is 33% for the State, 33% for commercial operators, 17% for general community and 17% for indigenous communities, according to ATT information.