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Panama’s Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos (ASEP) has confirmed the schedule for the first phase of its DTT deployment.

ciudad panama 13 september 2017By 14 October 2018, analogue TV broadcasts will be switched off in the departments of Panama, Panama Oeste and Colon, in which 62% of the country’s homes are placed.

In these areas, where nearly 2.4 million live, the DTT signal is already available, according to the ASEP, delivering 12 free-to-air (FTA) TV networks.

Now, the ASEP has opened a period of public consultation – ending 2 October 2017 – during which broadcasters can comment on the digital switchover.

Once the first phase of the digitalisation process is over, Panama will carry out three more phases to cover the rest of the country with digital FTA TV. Panama has not set a final date for the definitive analogue switch-off.