Indonesia looks set to adopt the European DVB-T standard for its digital terrestrial transmissions. Alexander Rusli, an advisor to the communications minister, said the standard should be selected because it is similar to the analogue PAL television system currently in use in the country. He added that the technology would also be relatively inexpensive to deploy because it was already used in many other markets.
The Indonesian communications ministry had also explored systems from the United States, Japan and China. The Japanese ISDB system was seriously considered, but lacked the economies of scale of DVB.
Indonesia is still up to two years away from the start of regular digital broadcasts with analogue switch-off ten years in the future.