French broadcast regulator the CSA has set out a series of objectives covering the continued rollout of digital terrestrial television in the country. Following a meeting on Tuesday the CSA said it had established a series of guidelines covering not only national objectives, but also by department (or district), in order to create a more equitable progression of the so-called ‘TNT’.
By the end of 2008 the CSA is anticipating national availability of TNT to have reached 89% of the metropolitan population with a minimum coverage by department of 75%. By the end of 2011 national coverage is expected to have reached 95% and cover a minimum by department of 91%.
The plan will be put into place with the co-operation of the multiplex operators and takes into consideration the timetable for analogue switch off. Areas where the analogue signal is being withdrawn are to be given priority.