Quoted by 1prime.ru and AKTR, Alexei Volin, the country’s deputy minister of communications, said that if it were to have one it could lead to disruption for regional broadcasters.
The current plan sees Russia completing ASO by 2015. Volin said that a lot of progress has been made in the introduction of the first and second DTT multiplexes.
DTT signals should be available to 80% of the population this year, rising to 97.5% in 2015.
Even if all analogue TV signals were switched off in 2018, the move would still have an impact on 500 regional TV stations.