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Vietnam completed the project to digitize television beyond all initial goals


Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung has just announced that Vietnam has completed turning off analogue television and digitizing television nationwide.

On the afternoon of January 11, the Ministry of Information and Communications (TT&TT) held a ceremony to announce Vietnam’s official completion of the Project of Digital Transmission of Transmission and Terrestrial Broadcasting (Project of Digitalization of Television).

This is the Scheme issued under Decision No. 2451 / QD-TTg dated December 27, 2011 of the Prime Minister. Over 9 years of implementation, the TV digitization scheme has now achieved and exceeded all the initial goals set out, thereby demonstrating Vietnam’s commitment to completely turn off analog television by 2020. to the entire ASEAN region.

Press conference to announce that Vietnam officially completes the Project of Digital Transmission of Television and Terrestrial Broadcasting (Project of Digitalization of Television). Photo: Trong Dat

As of the beginning of 2011, 90% of Vietnamese households have not yet watched digital television. By 2020, about 16 million households will have access to digital television via cable, IPTV and over 3.2 million households will use satellite TV for free. Vietnam has also implemented a policy of forcing television receivers to integrate DVB-T2 digital reception since 2014.

According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, a number of domestic enterprises have invested in the production and assembly of digital receivers (set-top-box). In which, VNPT Technology has researched, designed and manufactured the Make in Vietnam digital receivers and accounted for 60% of the receiver market.

As a result, the TV receiver market in Vietnam is ready for the digital transformation. Vietnam has also provided digital receipts for poor and near-poor households according to national standards from 2015 to 2020 with about 1.9 million households.

At the present time, the coverage of digital terrestrial television in Vietnam has reached 80% of the population (10 points higher than the set target) compared to 50% of the population in 2011. If including coverage with satellite digital television, 100% of the Vietnamese population has received digital television.

According to Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, Vietnam has completed four major goals of the Project to Digitalize Television. Photo: Trong Dat

Previously, with analog terrestrial television, 1 frequency channel could only broadcast 1 TV program channel. Thanks to the TV Digitalization Scheme, now 1 frequency channel can broadcast up to 30 TV program channels.

In many localities, people can watch from 40 to 60 channels of SDTV program and more than 10 channels of HDTV program, including 7 essential channels serving political – social tasks.

Among the 10 ASEAN countries, Vietnam is currently the fifth country to complete the same shutdown, after Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. These are all countries with smaller population sizes than Vietnam and easy coverage topography.

According to Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, Vietnam has completed four major goals of the Project to Digitalize Television. In the future, the technology transformation in many fields will occur, the experiences in implementing the TV digitization scheme will help Vietnam be more successful with other transformations in the coming time.

Trong Dat

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