Telecoms watchdog Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel) has launched a public consultation seeking approval to adopt the US standard ATSC (advanced television standards committee) for digital terrestrial television (DTT). The regulator pointed out that the ATSC standard has been adopted in the US, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador, among others. With its Resolution 012-14, Indotel has invited all interested parties to submit their comments and observations on the subject within a 30-day window.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March 2014 Gideon Santos, the president of Indotel, revealed that the government will compensate users that must purchase decoders in order to receive digital terrestrial television. The Dominican Republic has scheduled the analogue switch-off for September 2015, and once the migration to DTT is completed, the government will tender the released frequencies for broadband and wireless services.