Guatemala moves ahead with digital TV switchover

Azteca Guate
Neal Romanek
March 17th 2017 at 11:05AM : By Neal Romanek

The country will employ the ISDB-T standard adopted by most of Latin America

Guatemala has moved ahead with its plans for the digital switchover. The country's telecom regularor, the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SIT), has published guidelines for Digital Terrestrial Television implementation with the goal of switching off analogue TV services in 2022.

The country will implement the Japanese-Brazilian ISDB-T standard which is used throughout most of Latin America. The switchover to DTT has been slow in the region, with Mexico the only country to complete the switchover.

A 2013 report by the Open Society Foundations called "Mapping Digital Media: Guatemala" said of Guatemala's prospects for DTT:

"The media ecology in Guatemala is still underdeveloped—over the last decade, more than a quarter of households got a television for the first time. As a result, most television households are equipped to receive digital television. However, the digital switch-over of terrestrial television - still the dominant platform - has barely commenced...Given the poor infrastructure in rural areas, poorly developed urban centers, and the minimal commitment of public funds, the switch-off of analog television does not seem likely to happen any time soon. The  problem is compounded by a lack of transparency, public consultation, and engagement of civil society."