The controversial decision to put back the analogue switch-off (ASO) date in Romania to 2015 could now be changed.
According to ZF, Catalin Marinescu, the president of the regulatory body ANCOM, has proposed bringing the date forward by two years to 2013, basing his argument on the fact that the EU will approve its policy on spectrum usage this autumn.
Marinescu says there is a view that the spectrum will become available from the beginning of 2013, and as a result ANCOM has suggested to the Ministry of Communications that Romania should fall in line with this development.
Romania’s transition to digital broadcasting was stopped dead in its tracks back in August, when the country put back the ASO by three years to 2015.
In doing so, it brought to a DTT tender that was then in progress to an end.