Mexico ‘completes’ DTT switchover, but 1.5MN have no coverage | DTT | News | Rapid TV News
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Although Mexico's Instituto Ferderal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) claims to have concluded the country’s DTT transition, 1.5 million Mexicans still have no digital coverage.

Through its last scheduled switch-off, the Mexican broadcasting industry was to be the first in Latin America to complete digitalisation. However, 497 stations will still be broadcasting analogue TV during 2016, leaving over 1% of the population with no DTT signal.

The IFT recognises that the country's most remote and less populated areas are far from completing digitalisation, and has said that the owners and managers of those 497 stations must carry out the necessary investment to be DTT-ready by 31 December 2016.

The same deadline has been set for TV stations, which were not required to digitalise production in 2015, although the country's main networks did so. In a statement published at the beginning of December, Mexico's Senate agreed to grant extra time for small and local operators to prepare for switchover.

But the IFT figures refer to coverage, not actual DTT reception, and some reports have shown that between 12-17 million Mexicans are at risk of not receiving any free-to-air (FTA) TV due to a lack of available technology.

But the IFT has said that 90% of the lower income population has been subsidised to be able to acquire digital technology.