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Over the last two years, Cuba has boosted DTT deployment across the country and secured in-home signal reception.

cuba habana 09 november 2017According to figures published by the official newspaper Granma by Grupo Empresarial de la Información y las Comunicaciones (GEIC), over 60% of the island is currently covered by the DTT signal.

In addition, more than 1.5 million digital set-top boxes (STBs) and 230,000 DTT-ready TV sets have been sold. Such figures show that over 40% of Cuba’s 3.88 million households are ready for the analogue switch-off, which is scheduled for 2021, but could be delayed if necessary.

Two years ago, the last time official DTT figures were published, less than 200,000 reception devices had been installed.

According to GEIC’s Hugo Andrés Fernández, Cuba’s DTT deployment is challenged by the lack of technological equipment – especially STBs and DTT TV sets – and the difficulties several TV stations are having switching over to digital broadcasting.