The CSA has announced plans for 65 new zones that will be covered by digital terrestrial television. It is expected that the zones will be in place from March 2008. The French broadcast regulator hopes that by introducing the new zones broadcasters will be ultimately able to better serve the country’s metropolitan areas.
A list of the new zones scheduled to be in operation during 2008 will be published in the next few weeks. It is anticipated that a total of 250 zones will be in operation by the end of next year.
CSA president Michel Boyon underlined the determination of the regulator to ensure seamless coverage of the DTT system. He said the regulator had also received the agreement of new entrant broadcasters to also comply with the regulation.
Separately, the CSA has confirmed that 18 regional broadcasters will join the DTT system by mid-September.