Transition to digital broadcasting in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku June 11 / Trend , S.Babayeva /
Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan plans to begin broadcasting 8-10 programs through one television channel regarding the transition to digital television broadcasting in the country, said the Ministry.
"This will be possible in a month - after installing relevant equipment of MPEG-4standard," the Ministry said.
The Ministry said that there are currently four programs being broadcast by one channel.
The broadcasting will be carried out mainly in Baku, in Absheron Peninsula, later in other regions of Azerbaijan.
According to the recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union, all countries, including Azerbaijan, should be fully switch to digital broadcasting by 2015.
The program of transition to digital TV broadcasting in Azerbaijan consists of three phases. The first phase covers 2007-2010, the second - 2011-2013, the third - 2014-2015.
Initially, in Baku, Ganja and Nakhchivan there will be launched two packages of broadcasting with four channels per each, but only one package will be introduced in the country generally. As a result, 60-70 percent of the population will be included in the coverage of digital broadcasting.
In the second phase, one more package will be introduced in order to enhance digital broadcasting in Baku, Ganja and Nakhchivan, and as a result, three packages will operate, all over the country - two packages. After that, the previous percentage of coverage of 60-70 percent will increase to 90 percent.
In total, up to 2013, 12-program three packages are planned to be put into use.
At last - the third stage - there are plans to carry out work to improve the quality of broadcasting by installing additional sensors, and achieve 98 percent coverage.
Regarding the benefits of digital broadcasting to users, the Ministry said that along with high-quality transmission, it is an opportunity to broadcast about 10 channels at a frequency.
For the first time in Azerbaijan, the digital television was involved as a pilot project in Baku on 10 October 2004.
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