Mexico's authorities claim to have left only around 1% of the population without DTT coverage, but 18 million could lack digital technology, thus having no TV at home.
A new report from The Competitive Intelligence Unit criticises the switch-off schedule, pointing out that the process was too quick to analyse whether the population was technologically ready or not.
“We are facing a transition programme that was initially scheduled for 2021 and was then set for December 2015. This decision led to a lack of technical and technological analysis to assure the necessary equipment had been acquired by every Mexican home,” said analyst Ernesto Piedras.
According to the report, an initial evaluation estimates that nearly 15% of the population – 18 million people – currently has no access to free-to-air (FTA) TV, “thus no access to their main way to access information, culture and entertainment.”
“Although it's true almost 100% of broadcasting stations are digital since 31 December 2015, covering 105.9 million Mexicans, it doesn't mean 100% of the population has the real capacity to watch digital TV,” explains the note. “Some people don't even how to acquire the necessary technology to get the DTT signal.”
The report has called for a real evaluation of the process, which made Mexico become the first Latin American country to switch off analogue television.