The new road map divides the country into four geographical areas and provides for the activation of DVBT/MPEG-4 encoding in the last four months of 2021 and the roll-out of the DVBT-2 standard at national level in the period between 21 June 2022 and 30 June 2022.
The new road map was published after the so-called “constructive” discussion held within the TV 4.0 Coordination Board and after the public consultations carried out by the Ministry with all stakeholders.
Thanks to the publication of the new road map and guidelines for the local television sector, “another important step has been added to the process of transition to the new DVB-T2 technology of television networks”, declared Marco Bellezza, Legal Adviser to the Minister Di Maio for Communications and Digital Innovation and Coordinator of the TV 4.0 Table.
Minister Luigi Di Maio said, it is necessary to accompany, with the involvement of all public and private stakeholders, the process of transition to DBVT-2 technology, to ensure that the transformation of the broadcasting system and the transfer of frequencies take place without delay with respect to the deadlines set.
Operators still have the “right to activate DVBT/MPEG-4 encoding or the DVBT-2 standard before the scheduled deadlines”, while “voluntary early scrapping of networks for local operators who request it, with advance payment of the compensation required by law”.