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Kyrgyzstan Shuts Down Analogue Television

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 03:42

On the night of May 14-15, analogue television was shut down across the larger part of Kyrgyzstan. According to the press service of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the current event means the complete refusal from the further use of analogue broadcasting with the transition to digital television. “The republic's transition to digital television and radio broadcasting is directly related to the issues of ensuring information security in Kyrgyzstan, as well as satisfying the needs of the population for access to information through high-quality television,” the ministry officials said.


“To be able to watch terrestrial TV, citizens of Kyrgyzstan need to install a receiver or a TV that supports the DVB-T2 standard,” the press release says.


According to the Kyrgyz government, 54 digital transmitters are currently installed in all regions of the country. They provide approximately 95 percent of the country's population with digital television. As for the remaining five percent of the population, they live in 326 settlements that are not currently covered by digital television because they are in the so-called “radio-silence zone.”


“Analogue television broadcasting will continue for residents of these settlements even after May 15, until the complete installation of 211 automatic digital television repeaters. These devices will allow us to provide digital TV to those living in the said remote villages,” the press service of the Kyrgyz government informs.


The contracts for the delivery of the 211 repeaters have already been concluded. The next batch of repeaters will arrive in the republic in the next few days, after which they will be installed in a number of settlements.


The inhabitants of villages consisting of less than 100 households will need to connect to satellite television.

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