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Paraguay doesn’t want to be the last to arrive at the DTT party in Latin America so has brought its analogue TV switch-off forward and started awarding digital frequencies.

paraguay conatelThe South American country had scheduled the analogue shutdown for 2024, making it the last country in the region to convert to digital television. But Conatel, Paraguay’s telecom authority, has now moved the deadline to 2020.

"In principle, the analogue shutdown will take place in four years. That doesn't mean that any channel wanting to go digital can't do it now - they definitely can,” said Teresita Palacios, Conatel’s president, in an interview with EFE news agency.

In fact, free-to-air (FTA) channels Telefuturo, Paravisión, Red guaraní, SNT and RCP have already been awarded digital frequencies and are likely to start DTT tests before the end of the year.

According to the Palacios, four years will be time enough to complete digitalisation. Conatel has said it should be before that, once the radio-electric space is well organised, so DTT and LTE technology can coexist. All the seven analogue networks that currently air nationwide will get a slot for digital TV.

“A significant investment has been made in some channels to enable their adaptation to digital television, and so we invite the analogue channels to join in and enter the digital era,” added Palacios.