Estonia has set its analogue switch off date as June 2010, a full 18 months earlier than had at first been envisaged.
This follows the government’s approval of a draft act drawn up by the Ministry of Culture amending the existing Broadcasting Act. The draft also says that in future no new privately owned digital channels will have to pay fees for broadcast licences, as is currently the case for analogue services.
At present, around 200,000 homes in Estonia receive only analogue terrestrial TV signals. It had previously been announced that the country was to move its ASO date forward to 2010, with the date to be reviewed in 2009.