Azerbaijan to take part in RCC Commission's meeting
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 11 / Trend H. Valiyev /
The Azerbaijani Communications and IT Ministry is due to consider the economic aspects of the transition to digital broadcasting in countries that are participants of Regional Commonwealth of Communications (RCC), the ministry has told Trend.
The 26th meeting of the RCC Commission on the Economy of Communications is due to take place in Odessa, Ukraine, on Sept.14-15.
The DVB-T2 digital television standard, which is designed to replace analog broadcasts in the near future, will be a focus of the meeting.
The second-generation terrestrial digital broadcasting system, DVB-T2 can be used for fixed and mobile reception, and has a payload of 30-50 percent more compared to the previous version (DVB-T) under similar conditions. The developers promise a high compatibility of the standard for consumer decoders.
Digital TV is already being piloted in Baku and the Absheron peninsula in Azerbaijan. Meter range is 174-230 MHz and covers the 6-12 channels.
Broadcasts are made to the MPEG-4 standard which allows one channel to carry 10 programs. The number of digital channels in Baku and Absheron peninsula will be increased to 20 by late 2010. During that period, digital television will also cover the Lerik, Shirvan and Ganja regions. A package consisting of 10 channels will be made at the regional level.
According to the Ministry's Teleradio Production Unit's forecasts, 50 percent of Azerbaijan's territory will be covered by the digital broadcasting standard by late 2010. The full transition to digital television is expected in 2013.
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