Portugal completes analogue switch-off

The last phase of the analogue switch-off (ASO) in Portugal has now taken place, with the shutdown of the last fifteen analogue transmitters, including those at Marao, Montejunto and Monte da Virgem, according to Portugal’s telecommunications sector regulator Anacom.

Over 100 relays were turned off on the same day, as part of the migration to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). The first phase of the ASO started on January 12, in the coastal strip of mainland Portugal, followed by the autonomous regions of Azores and Madeira on March 22.

The offers consists of a simulcast of the four main analogue broadcasters, the two public channels RTP 1 and RTP 2, and private broadcasters SIC (Sociedade Independente de Comunicação) and TVI.

For the Azores and Madeira Islands there are the regional public channels RTP Açores and RTP Madeira. The DVB-T service also includes a HD pilot channel.