Brazil moves forward with DTT transition

Brazil completed the analogue switch-off in the west of Paraná and in the south of Rio Grande do Sul. Meanwhile, in the interior of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo the process began on November 28 but it will extend until December 12.
In the west of Panama, 92% of the population already has digital signal, while in the south of Rio Grande do Sul the percentage reached was 90%, according to a research carried out by Ibope and disclosed by the regulator Anatel.
In contrast, in the interior of Rio de Janeiro and the interior of São Paulo, the percentage reached was 87% and 89% respectively, less than the 90% required to carry out the switch-off, which will therefore extend to December 12.
The analogue switch-off allows to free up the 700 MHz band used by free-to-air TV channels for the deployment of 4G mobile services. According to Empresa Administradora da Digitalização (EAD), the 700 MHz band has already been freed up in more than 4,000 cities.